The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 110, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 16, 2000 Page: 3 of 28
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THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2000
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of Commerce at 323-6234
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• 5 p.m., TOPS Meeting, Fire Hall.
• CHS JV Girls Basketball Tournament, Perryton.
• 3:30-7:30 p.m , Coffee Memorial Blood Drive, City Hall
• 12 noon, Lions Club Meeting, Fire Hall
• I p m . AA Meeting, United Methodist Church, 6th & Main
• CHS JV Girls Basketball Tournament, Perryton.
• 3 pm, Send-off for Varsity Wildcat football players at the bus barn, no
• 8 p.m. Kickoff. CHS Varsity Playoff Football Game against the Lockney
Longhorns, Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo.
• 12 noon, Varsity Girls Basketball game in Perryton
• JV Girls Basketball Tournament, Perryton
• 7 30 p m, Prairie Rivers Musical Sing-Along, Middle School Auditorium.
• 8 30 a m., First United Methodist Church Early Worship Service, Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship 10:30 a.m., Evening Worship 6:30 p m.
• 10 a m., Sunday Mass. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 10 am., CCD
• 9 30 a m , First Christian Church Sunday School, 10:30 a.m., Morning
Worship, 6 p m, Evening Worship
• 9:30 am..Church of Christ Sunday Bible Class. 10:30a.m., MorningWor-
ship. 6 pm, Evening Worship, 7 p.m, Wednesday Bible Class
• 9 45 a m . First Presbyterian Church Sunday School, Worship Service 11
• 9:30a.m. First Baptist Church Sunday School, 10:45 a.m., Morning Wor-
ship, 6 p.m., Training Union, 7 p.m., Evening Worship.
• 10 am., Assembly of God Christian Education, 6:30 p.m.. Evening
• 10 a.m.. Pentecostal Church Sunday School, 11 a m . Morning Worship, 7
p.m. Evening Worship
• 10 a m , Central Baptist Church Sunday School. 11 a.m.. Morning Wor-
ship, 6 p.m.. Evening Worship
• 10:30 am, Believer's Covenant Sunday Worship.
• 2-S pm., HOLIDAY PREVIEW OPEN HOUSE, Participating local
• 12 noon. AL-ANON meeting, 304 Main Street.
• S p.m., 7th, 8th, Freshman Girls Basketball games against Sunray, There.
• 5 p.m., 7th & 8th Boys Basketball games against Sunray, Here.
• 12 noon, Rotary Club Meeting. WCTU.
• 5 p.m., CHS JV A Varsity Gris & Boys Basketball games against Booker.
• 8 p.m., AAA AL-ANON Meetings. (Separate), United Methodist Church,
6th A Main.
• SCHOOL OUT FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS
• 10 a.m -2 p m., Sagebrush Painters, Fire Hall
• Sharing is Caring food pantry and clothes closet. Saturday 9 a.m.-noon,
First A Elsie. Donations through local churches or directly.
• Canadian Boy Scouts Call Gary Bilbrey. 323-8883.
• American Cancer Society services. Wayne Baker, 323-6519 or Agnes Ad-
• Canadian Giri Scouts. Local service unit. Call Karri Snyder, 323-8920.
• AL-ANON, Mondays, 12:00 noon, Hood Abstract. AA/AL-ANON,
Thursdays. 7:00 p.m., Courthouse AA, Fridays, 1:00 p.m.. Courthouse. Call
323-8481 or 323-5137.
• Panhandle Transit, rural transportation service runs Monday, Wednesday,
Friday to Amarillo. Contact Lipscomb County Judge at 806-862-4131.
• National phone line to report child abuse: 800-4-A-CHILD
• Tralee Crisis Center for Women: 800-658-2796.
• Texas Runaway Hotline staff and volunteers provide crisis intervention,
telephone counseling, and offer referrals to community services for at-risk
youth and their families Call toll-free: 888-580-HELP (4357).
Uncertainty„„Continued from Page 2
sis. But they are not unfolding, nor are they likely to
Instead, this nation’s cumbersome but
time-tested electoral system is working. It is not
working as smoothly as it usually does, but it is
Only one presidential election in U.S. history
triggered an actual crisis—and this isn’t it.
The crisis happened following the 1860 balloting.
Seven Southern states voted to secede in the four
months between Abraham Lincoln’s election as
president in November and his inauguration in
Those states decided to leave the Union rather
than accept Lincoln’s lawful election—a popular
vote plurality and electoral vote majority—and the
Civil War resulted.
The 1876 presidential election almost triggered a
crisis when the Democratic nominee, Gov. Samuel J.
Tilden of New York, won the popular vote but four
states sent conflicting sets of electoral votes to
A special bipartisan congressional commission
awarded all the disputed electoral votes to the Re-
publican nominee, Gov. Rutherford B. Hayes of
Ohio, giving him a margin of just one vote in the
Angry Democrats threatened to install Tilden as
president anyway. Some even vowed to use violence
to keep Hayes out of the White House. But cooler
heads ultimately prevailed. Congress accepted the
commission’s recommendation two days before the
new president was to be inaugurated, so Hayes took
In two other presidential elections—1824 and
1888—the popular vote victors also failed to win ma-
jorities in the Electoral College.
And the House of Representatives had to decide
two presidential races—1800 and 1824—when the
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Electoral College deadlocked.
Our system of electing presidents has worked re-
markably well since an infant nation first tested it in
1789. Few other countries can say that. Few others
have had the same electoral system in place for more
than two centuries.
Granted, we’ve had to tweak the system here and
there, making some refinements and improvements
over the years.
The Electoral College now casts distinct, sepa-
rate ballots for president and vice president, which it
didn’t initially. Women and African Americans can
vote and run for office, which they long couldn’t
And this year’s close result is launching discus-
sion of additional changes, including replacing the
Electoral College with direct election of presidents
by popular vote.
The closeness of the popular vote tally, especially
Florida's contested count, also reminds us of two
rules that, although we rarely think about them, are
fundamental to our electoral system:
• Because every vote counts, every vote has to be
• Getting it right is more important than getting it
So patience and trust that the system still works
are needed until every one of slightly more than 100
million popular votes nationwide is accurately
counted—recounted, if necessary—and officially
canvassed and certified.
The confusing uncertainty many Americans feel
until this occurs will escalate into a crisis only if we
But why would we want to do that?
Joe Patrick Bean is the opinion page editor of the
Muskogee (Okla) Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat
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