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Candidate talks about campaign trail

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To the editor:You wonder what to wear as you do not want to look like some bum knocking on doors.Still it is hot outside, 95 degrees and high humidity so a suit and tie is out of the question. It would be sweat stained in just a matter of minutes so you put on one of your better tee shirts and some slacks and off you go.First you stop at the local market and purchase one of the real large bottles of bottled water. You look to see if you have enough election cards, door hangers, and signs and then you pick yourself a street.You start thinking,” now, let me see, I haven’t covered this one yet or I need to really get over to that particular subdivision. Hmmm... I notice my opponent has been busy too. Wish I knew who owned that big lot next to the highway. I see other candidates for other offices have put a sign there. Wonder if they got permission?I am not going to put a sign anywhere without asking. I wouldn’t want it done to me, besides these folks have to mow around those signs so I am honored when I am allowed to post one in their yard.”I am truly amazed at the number of homes that have burglar alarm signs posted. You park your vehicle, get out, approach the front door, ring the door bell and what sounds like the meanest dog in Wilson County starts barking his head off. Sure would hate to meet up with those teeth.No one home so you hang a door knob sign that announces your name and the office you are running for and the penned in quotation “Sorry, I Missed You.” You look around then to see which is the closest house to walk to. Is it the one next door or the one across the street? Doesn’t really matter you’ve got to make all of them.Hmm, no door bell so you knock rather loudly. Just as you have given up on anyone coming to the door, the door is opened by the guy or gal who has worked all night and was trying to sleep through the day. As you see them wiping the sleep from their eyes you apologize, knowing you’ve probably lost that vote.It continues, door to door, walking back to move your car on down the street and taking a swig of bottled water. Well you’ve done great.Got permission for eight signs on that street. A week later you return to check on how the signs look and find only three left. You are wondering, “what happened, did the owner remove them, were they stolen?”People don’t realize that those signs cost me about $9.73 each, not to mention what I paid out in gas and sweat equity.”Now you wonder who is ahead in the race. Everyone asks, but no one truly knows until the count is in. That’s “electioneering” in Wilson County.L.T. JenkinsLebanon

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