Altogether a sad day for a quiet Sunday. In addition to having an old, sick, and possibly dying dog -
George McGovern died this morning. McGovern was the first presidential candidate for whom I ever voted, at the ripe old age of 19. I cannot think of him without being reminded that I was on as the late-night reporter at my college radio station on election day. By the time my shift came up, of course, the election had long been over during the complete rout that brought Richard Nixon back into office, as Watergate had just begun to unfold. Let's hope that we will not have that sort of disapontment in a few weeks. McGovern was a good guy, and understood a lot that apparently the American public was not yet prepared to understand. Our thanks and hope go out to his family and friends this evening.
I am also saddened by yet-another completely senseless mass shooting in Wisconsin. I know that we are a country that has a strong history of support for gun ownership but clearly we have a problem that must be addressed in some way. Continuing to just dismiss it is not an option. Our best wishes go out to everyone who has been affected by the day's events, and I am, in a sense, at least glad to know that the alleged gunman is no longer a threat to the Milwaukee area.
May you all have a peaceful evening. As always, hope for a better day tomorrow.