The Page – August 9, 2017

Big Jim Justice, the richest man in West Virginia and that state’s governor, last week switched from Democrat to Republican in the two party system that is America.
That’s big news in the wild ride that is American politics these days.
Meanwhile, some California politicians want that state to secede from the United States of America and become its own country. California, the home of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and home to the largest of the so-called sanctuary cities, Los Angeles, is profoundly Democrat.
For those who don’t follow these things, Democrats are sort of like our Liberal Party here in Canada. Republicans are more like Conservatives. Governor is like our provincial premier.
California, by the way, if it was a separate economy, would be the sixth largest economy in the world. That is behind America, China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom, and ahead of the next, in order, France, India, Italy, Brazil and Canada.
That’s $2.6 trillion in California compared to all of Canada at $1.6 trillion. Wow!
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Stories out of the eastern part of northern Alberta have the Bonnyville area almost on a state of emergency. The reason is just too much dang water!
Rain keeps falling, and falling, to the point farmland just can’t soak up any more water. Meanwhile, southern Alberta is back to the same old, same old.
This is where, if one drives southward, about the time one hits Red Deer green land starts turning to dried up brown. Usually, that’s the case every summer. The past few years have been kind to southern Alberta as rain was much more common.
Not so this summer. Lethbridge, as one example, has had only 5 cm [two inches] of rain all summer, which means the irrigation systems are running full bore.
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Here is a Tip of The Page Hat to MLA Danielle Larivee for the outstanding job she did during the Elks Pro Rodeo Parade Aug. 1.
Larivee jogged the whole route, passing out candies to all the kiddies [and a few adults] along the way. That is a long, long, run.
And that isn’t even counting how many times she ran up to her “chase car” which was carrying the candies, and was actually in front of her, loaded up, and ran back to make sure kiddies were not missed.
Larivee probably ran two or three times the distance of the whole route, maybe somewhere between 5-9 km. Maybe more!
Wow! In cowboy boots! Wow again!
An amazing job, Danielle! Well done!
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Larivee’s jog kind of brings new meaning to the term “running for office” doesn’t it?
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Here’s another Tip of The Page Hat to all the folks who put together great floats and who joined in the Elks Parade.
This year, the parade took 32 minutes to pass our viewing post, according to our own clock. That has to almost be a record, if not “the” record for longest parade. Great show!
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Despite all the complaints about rain, more rain, and still more rain, we have to admit there are also lots of days of sunshine mixed in there.
Also, it has to be said we haven’t seen the mushrooms blossoming in lawns as they have in some years.
As far as this part of Alberta is concerned, High Prairie and region seem to be in the “sweet spot” of getting close to just the right amount of rain.
Crops are lush. Lawns and gardens don’t need watering. Berry bushes are blooming. Trees are full of leaves. All in all, we’re living in paradise.
And we almost forgot to mention – grasshoppers? Good heavens, what the heck are grasshoppers doing here? Illegal aliens from Saskatchewan!
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A nun has undressed for a bath and there’s a knock at the door. The nun calls, “Who is it?”
A voice answers, “A blind salesman.”
The nun decides to get a thrill by having the blind man in the room. The man walks in, looks straight at the nun and says, “Uh, well hello there, can I sell you a blind, dearie…?”

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