“Now to wonder if the Iowa Democrats made such a mess of their caucus voting that even Russia’s best hackers couldn’t figure out how to meddle with it.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.


“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” — Bob Dylan.


 “Two parting comments on Iowa and its Democrati caucuses: 1) I don’t recall that the Iowa caucuses meant much to anyone until the surprise win by a Georgia peanut farmer in 1976; and 2) hat’s off to the prescient Mike Bloomberg campaign for not making a run in Iowa at all. (And whatever did become of that peanut farmer?)” ­— Clyde Peterson.


“A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.” — Arnold Bennett, English poet, author and critic (1867-1931).


“A New York Post columnist recently wrote of the 2016 election and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, that she had ended the practice of humble concessions. I’m thinking that same columnist will be along shortly with his column on how President Donald Trump ended the practice of graceful victories.” — Clyde Peterson.


“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” — Wallace Stevens, American poet and author (1879-1955).


“Says a headline from the NBC news website: ‘Bloomberg campaign calls Trump a “pathological liar” with “fake hair,” “obesity” and “spray on tan”.’ Good. I was afraid this year’s campaigns might not be of the depth and high tone we’ve all come to expect.” — Clyde Peterson.


“It’s not what you are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts.” — Oscar Levant, pianist-composer-actor (1906-1972).


“Headline from the Buzzfeednews internet site: ‘US Life Expectancy Has Finally Stopped Declining.’ Great! So now I can go ahead and make plans for next week?” — Clyde Peterson.


“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.” — John Milton.

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