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9/30/2020 1:20:00 AM
Afterthoughts On The Debate

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Donald Trump was Donald Trump; he interrupted continuously, not only his opponent but also the moderator, Chris Wallace.  As he usually does, he tried to make the debate "all about him."  

Joe Biden managed not to appear senile (which Trump has claimed he is), but he missed opportunities to make points by trying to squeeze 10-minute answers into the two minutes allowed.

Wallace stopped the candidates from completing their statements that followed some of the responses to the questions and thus they didn't get to make points and their comments were left hanging--unfinished.

Biden had obviously been coached to speak to the camera and not to his opponent; and he overdid it to the point that it became obvious that it was what he had been told to do.  

The cable news network that used an invective to describe it may have been much too accurate.  One thing appears obvious (to me at least): Tuesday night's debate didn't change anybody's mind about for whom they'd vote for President.  

Lincoln County Board Of Education Zoom Interviews
Equally unexciting was Tuesday evening's East Lincoln Betterment Association zoom interviews with the candidates for the Lincoln County Board of Education.  They opted to do it that way instead of their usual candidates forum because of the coronavirus.

The answers presented by the assorted candidates were almost identical from one to another.  Ann Cesena did insert one zinger into the conversation.  She said the schools budget has grown by 13.5% while enrollment has declined by 5%; but then, her husband is County Commissioner Bud Cesena, and the commissioners cut the schools budget this year.  

All of the candidates said we need to improve the availability of internet services.  

Kirk Herbertson offered that he represents the students in the schools who have learning disabilities.  Herbertson is autistic; he has Asperger's Syndrome.  

Debra Williams missed the opportunity to mention that she might well be a voice on the school board for minorities.  There are no blacks or Hispanics on the board--never have been.

You can watch the ELBA interviews with the School Board candidates on YouTube at

They'll be doing interviews with the two candidates for Lincoln County's seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives and with the four seeking one of three seats on the County Commission Wednesday evening.  We'll post a link to those interviews later this week.

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