Thumbing

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random complaint dept

We loved Franklin D. Roosevelt as American President because he always had his finger on the nation’s pulse.

How did we get to running the country with two thumbs?

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

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Back-to-Back Wins at the County Fair

My County Fair Exhibit

After a most successful year in 2017 competing in the Henry County Fair’s Photography Division, I wondered what I could do for an encore in 2018.

I changed things up and achieved back-to-back wins in Photography’s “Henry County Landmarks”, a class for ages 16 and Over. The required 5×7 up to 8×10 Prints could be presented in Color, Or in Black and White.

Here are my “Landmarks” winners — 2018, First Place, photographed in Color.

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Fair entry snap after awards were presented

 

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Original snap before entry at the Fair

and in 2017 (BELOW), First Place and BEST in CLASS, photographed in Black and White:

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Fair entry snap after awards were presented

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Original snap before entry at the Fair

More about county fairs and more Fair Photography, as well as continuing presentations of my Ribbon Winners and non-winners, may be viewed at my fair blog.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Prevention Is Still the Cure

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Many Americans are being demoralized. They’re buying into trashing the free press, the hallmark of a free society.

It’s true a free society harbors violent non-conformists, athletic scandals, war-mongers, those who manipulate others for profit. It’s true troubles will exist in every area of life in a free society.

But a free press keeps the general public duly informed. (Even reporter rats eventually run.)

Americans are accepting insults and defamation of professional athletes who kneel at the playing of the national anthem when the kneelers’ motives are to protest racism in their country, not to protest their country’s existence. 

It’s true a portion of professional athletes don’t represent their sport, or their country, with good deeds returned to their communities. Others, however, do, giving more and more without seeking rewards because they care and can financially do so. 

And a free press keeps the general public duly informed because it is a nation’s watch dog and it is free to report. 

Truths often are difficult to swallow.

It’s up to a free society’s general pubic to use information wisely for the greater good, and not to use it to divide and conquer the populace.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg