Bob Scott, Why Grapes in the Washer?

Why would Bob Scott- or anyone else- put grapes in his washing machine?
I have to toot-my-own-horn in my run for US Representative so I want to illustrate my ability to visualize solutions to problems that are not obvious – and certainly not obvious to most congressional Republicans (who control a congress with an approval rating of 13 Percent). Please vote after you read this story.
When I lived near Princeton I had a small farm (very small) with a lot of concord grape vines. I harvested about 500 pounds of grapes and I planned to make juice by stomping the grapes ( yes, barefooted) and squeezing the juice out using cheesecloth. The stomping works fine but there is a reason people don’t use cheese cloth for this- it is S L O W. I was in my basement (and my wife was elsewhere) and I realized that we had a wine press in the basement. It was being used as a washing machine most of the time. I rinsed out the washing machine and set it on spin cycle and dumped in crushed grapes. The juice came out the drain line. It worked beautifully. Since then I have always evaluated our potential replacement washing machines for suitability in squeezing grapes.
I was born with an ability to make a high score on tests of mental ability- I am a member of Mensa. This mental ability coupled with a wide experience gives me insights into solutions to problems. Many of my solutions are idealistic but there are enough pessimists everywhere to counterbalance new ideas and work for a consensus solution to problems.

Anyone can find my positions if they wish to be informed.

I have written a website- http://BobScottforCongress.com

I have written 32 posts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bob.scott.5070″

I have written 71 tweets on
“https://twitter.com /BobScott2014″.

A Heritage High School student put me on Instagram and I have 13 posts on “https://instagram.com/BobScottforCongress“.

Also I have made several You tubes- “https://www.youtube.com/user/scottforcongress
and the News Sentinel you tube at “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COBfvOTjEvw&list=PLkqznQp9RRA_8yxZukdU948wZ8sP1Py3C“.

I HAVE FAITH IN THE DECISION OF INFORMED VOTERS !

On November 4 every person who is registered to vote has a civic duty to cast an informed vote. In the August election the uniformed voters combined with the blind partisan voters were about 60 percent of the Knox County voters. Every informed voter needs to get out and cancel the vote of an uninformed voter-
AND IF THERE IS A GOOD TURNOUT THEN THE INFORMED VOTERS WILL CARRY THE DAY !
It will only be a good turnout if you- the reader of this- vote

I, Bob Scott, will send a message to many Facebook pages. Since I hope there will be 200,000 votes cast in the second congressional district- I need every person interested in fair elections to LIKE AND SHARE my message with all their social media contacts and urge all their contacts to get out and be informed voters.

The Most Negative Campaign Ad of ALL

Fluffy Dog Theatre

I, Bob Scott,  Candidate for US Representative, disapprove of this NEGATIVE campaign ad I am writing ( I disapprove of all negative campaign ads)

I say most (but not all) of the people  who have early voted are from the 30,427  “Knee Jerk Republicans* who are the voters who put ignorance ahead of thought and voted for unqualified Eddie Pridemore to replace highly respected Knox County chancellor Daryl Fansler in August 2014.

In their endorsement of John Duncan the Knoxville News Sentinel said that “his opponents­- Democrat Bob Scott…..have little hope of putting a scare into Duncan, much less winning.” 

Jimmy Duncan spent about $8 per vote in his primary and his opponent got about 40 percent of the vote. Jimmy has spent very little in the general election and he is not scared.

Based on past elections:

There will be about 20 percent of the voters who will vote for Bob Scott, the Democrat.

There will be about 30 percent of the voters that usually vote for the Republican (but many of those voted for a change).

There will be 50 percent of the voters who will vote for either a Republican or a Democrat but if they don’t get out and vote then the Knee Jerk Republicans will win again.

The most negative thing from the Duncan point of view would be If the young people and the other people the Republicans are trying to suppress will get out and vote. There could be a surprise. 

If people turn out and a surprise happens, a Bob Scott WIN WILL BE BY ONLY ONE VOTE!  Will it be your vote?10751379_10205097743023985_10205097740903932_42349_2519_bI stood by a fire hydrant at market Square in Knoxville and thought that it hadn’t been used much since the old market house burned. But in all the years since that fire people have accepted the inconvenience of parking somewhere away from the fire plug and walking a few extra minutes because  parking somewhere away from the fire plugs is their civic duty. I estimate the value of the cumulative lost time since the big fire for this fireplug to be $30,000 .  Voting is also our civic duty and our one vote has as little effect on the election outcome as parking one time next to a fire plug has of impeding the firemen. But the firemen go out to a fire many times a week and each time they need access to the fire plug. We all do our civic duty.

I watched this cute dog trying to get educated about the other dogs (candidates) and then it decided to not do its civic duty and walked away. Are you a voter or are you like a cute fluffy dog that won’t do its duty?

*As depicted by columnist Betty Bean before the August election “Daryl Fansler… will win another term on the Chancery Court bench…. if he had to have an opponent,… “Eddie” Pridemore will give us a good idea of the number of knee-jerk Republicans in Knox County.”

R.I.P. Greatgrandmother

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I, Bob Scott,  walk this earth because two women did not have abortions when I think they should have had them. My greatgrandmother, I do not know her name, died during the childbirth of my grandmother, and my grandmother Scott was raised by relatives. I believe my greatgrandmother should have had an abortion if it would have saved her life. Some people believe that the child is to be favored in such a situation so maybe some people would say an abortion was not justified.

My grandfather Ferris was a happy man with two children and a loving wife. His wife then died in childbirth and the child also died. My grandfather, a widower, then married my grandmother and so on. My grandfather’s first wife should certainly have had an abortion if it would have saved her life. Of course, I would not be here. What is needed is common sense in administering abortions safely when they are needed and giving support- a lot of support- to women who are facing an unwanted pregnancy.

We Tennesseans are voting to give our legislators the right to deny an abortion to save the life of a mother. One long look at our current Tennessee state legislature is enough to convince me that I would never trust their judgement in such a matter. If you don’t intend to use a prohibition, why ask for it? I ask you ” What kind of a person would deny a woman a lifesaving abortion?” A Tennessee Republican legislator?

Vote “no” on amendment 1.
Actually, I voted “no” on all of them- I will wait for a legislature controlled by intelligence, not ideology.

Save the Innocent Babies- Really

I , Bob Scott, am certain every congressional candidate gets several of these post cards:

Dear candidate: More than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies have been legally killed by abortion since 1973.
Congress has a solemn responsibility to defend the Sanctity of Life and protect the unborn.
That’s why I urge you to pledge 100% support for the Sanctity of Life on the Candidate Survey you recently received from the National Pro-Life Alliance.
Signed, Nell

My reply is this.

Dear Nell: Probably more than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies would have been ILLEGALLY killed by abortion since 1973 if abortions had been against the law and 5000 pregnant women would also have been killed in botched abortions.
I looked up the National Pro-Life Alliance and their goal is to make abortions illegal. Desperate women have found a way to abort an unwanted pregnancy where abortions are illegal. If you really want to prevent women from aborting pregnancies then work to provide realistic sex education, free contraceptives, compassionate counseling and generous financial support to mothers- and when necessary, safe abortion facilities. You will have to give up the idea of throwing it all on desperate pregnant women and you will need to accept paying higher taxes to really demonstrate that you accept a solemn responsibility to defend the sanctity of life and protect the unborn.
President Obama has done more to reduce the number of abortions-by including contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act- than any other person our country has ever seen.
That is why I urge you to pledge !00% support for me, US Representative candidate Bob Scott, and other candidates who will work to defeat the National Pro-Life Alliance attempt to revert to a failed policy and who ,instead, wish to use the resources of our country to support women who want plan their families and raise healthy children in a good environment.
Signed,
Bob Scott ,candidate for US Representative in the Tennessee Second Congressional District

I , Bob Scott, am certain every congressional candidate gets several of these post cards:</p>
<p> Dear candidate: More than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies have been legally killed by abortion since 1973.<br />
Congress has a solemn responsibility to defend the Sanctity of Life and protect the unborn.<br />
That's why I urge you to pledge 100% support for the Sanctity of Life on the Candidate Survey you recently received from the National Pro-Life Alliance.<br />
Signed, Nell</p>
<p>My reply is this.</p>
<p>Dear Nell: Probably more than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies would have been ILLEGALLY killed by abortion since 1973 if abortions had been against the law and 5000 pregnant women would also have been killed in botched abortions.<br />
I looked up the National Pro-Life Alliance and their goal is to make abortions illegal. Desperate women have found a way to abort an unwanted pregnancy where abortions are illegal. If you really want to prevent women from aborting pregnancies then work to provide realistic sex education, free contraceptives, compassionate counseling and generous financial support to mothers- and when necessary, safe abortion facilities. You will have to give up the idea of throwing it all on desperate pregnant women and you will need to accept paying higher taxes to really demonstrate that you accept a solemn responsibility to defend the sanctity of life and protect the unborn.<br />
President Obama has done more to reduce the number of abortions-by including contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act- than any other person our country has ever seen.<br />
That is why I urge you to pledge !00% support for me, US Representative candidate Bob Scott, and other candidates who will work to defeat the National Pro-Life Alliance attempt to revert to a failed policy and who ,instead, wish to use the resources of our country to support women who want plan their families and raise healthy children in a good environment.<br />
Signed,<br />
Bob Scott ,candidate for US Representative in the Tennessee Second Congressional District

News Sentinel Endorsements- Good and Bad

The Knoxville News Sentinel endorsements- good and bad from the perspective of Bob Scott

Gloria Johnson deserves everyone’s endorsement!

The News Sentinel failed to recognize a fatal flaw when they endorsed Dr. Briggs instead of the better candidate, Cheri Siler. Dr Briggs- perhaps for political expediency- opposes the state participation in the Affordable Care Act which is incomprehensible to me. Cheri Siler will make a great state senator and the News Sentinel should have thanked Dr. Briggs for defeating Stacey and then

they should have endorsed Cheri Siler.

I expected the News Sentinel to endorse Jimmy Duncan- they would have lost some subscribers otherwise. However their endorsement is flawed. Jimmy Duncan has indeed been serving on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure but the big question for that committee should be ” how do we get the money to do what is needed?”. “CFR Progress Report and Scorecard, Road to Nowhere, explains, other nations are building new highways as the United States’ crumble. U.S. transportation fell from fifth in the World Economic Forum’s rankings in 2002 to twenty-fourth in 2011, passed by nations such as Spain, South Korea, and Oman…….Current infrastructure requires more investment—for instance, one in nine U.S. bridges are structurally deficient—while new projects are needed to address issues such as road congestion, which costs American drivers $101 billion annually in wasted time and fuel….” How can a man who signed the Grover Norquist pledge (below) be of any help in solving our nations REAL PROBLEMS?
(“I, ______, pledge to the taxpayers of the ______ district of the state of ______ and to the American people that I will:
One, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
Two, to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”)

What the News Sentinel really missed is Jimmy Duncan has been co-chair of the Clean Water Caucus. This is a man who thinks “climate change is a rich man’s issue”- the fox is guarding the henhouse. In particular Jimmy Duncan listens to Patrick Moore instead of James Hansen and he doesn’t understand the science of global warming- only the politics. You can pass a law to repeal science but words can’t stop the rise in carbon dioxide in the air.
The News Sentinel implies that Duncans conservative stance on issues is an asset when it only means his thinking is tied to the past. When Jimmy Duncan was first elected to congress the internet was beginning to stir and technology has been racing since then and leaving almost everything conservative behind.
The News Sentinel mentions his legendary commitment to constituent service and he does it well but so do all the other US Representatives and so will I, Bob Scott, if elected.
Last it is said that “his opponents­ Democrat Bob Scott…..have little hope of putting a scare into Duncan, much less winning.” Jimmy Duncan spent about $8 per vote in his primary and his opponent got about 40 percent of the vote. Jimmy has spent very little in the general election and he is not scared.
Based on past elections:
There will be about 20 percent of the voters who will vote for me, the Democrat.
There will be about 30 percent of the voters that usually vote for the Republican but many of the people who voted against Duncan want a change and if half of them vote against the incumbent then I would get 6 percent of the vote.
There will be 50 percent of the voters who will vote for either a Republican or a Democrat and if they split 60/40 like the Republican primary voters then I could get 20 percent for a total of 46 percent.
If the young people and the people the Republicans are trying to suppress will get out and vote there could be a surprise.
If it happens. a Bob Scott WIN Will BE BY ONE VOTE!

Elect Bob Scott & Expose Secrets

If the love of money is the number one root of evil then the love of SECRECY must come in a close second.
Everyone knows of a lapse or error or crime (or good deed) of their own or of someone or some group they want to protect. We try to keep it SECRET. The common ways to keep a secret are to keep it hidden or to lie about it. A little secrecy is good and it smooths our lives. Secrecy in public things is rarely good in the long term- but too many people think their particular secret is an important exception.
There are secrets that I, Bob Scott, want to expose to the public and I will work on these if I am elected US Representative.
1.what is in the fluids used for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (“fracking” for short).
2.what are the computer programs used in voting machines.
3.what are the ingredients in consumer products.
4.what are the names of the people making big election campaign contributions.
5.what is the stated purpose of election campaign contributions by corporations.
6.I am certain that you, the reader, can give me many more.

I have a favorite story (sort of involving watermelons).
I was working on a project for my company, Shell Chemical, to make Temik insecticide for another company. I found information on toxicity that was disturbing. Temik was very toxic and the solution we would be making was bad enough that if a worker got 4 cubic centimeters (a teaspoon) on the skin and didn’t get it off it would be lethal and the antidote wouldn’t work! The toxicologists were upset that I, who was considering how to design the plant, had found this out. This attitude of the toxicologists led to the federal government legislated requirement for safety data sheets on everything.
The Shell workers handled Temik solutions carefully with protective suits when they put Temik solution in a truck but the truck drivers said that when the trucks were unloaded there were no protective suits (secrecy at work?).
Several years later I read that a large watermelon recall had taken place because Temik was in the watermelons- maybe someone was keeping another secret.

http://articles.latimes.com/1985-07-14/news/mn-6355_1_melons

If the love of money is the number one root of evil then the love of SECRECY comes in second.<br />
Everyone knows of a lapse or error or crime (or good deed) of their own or of someone or some group they want to protect. We try to keep it SECRET. The common ways to keep a secret are to keep it hidden or to lie about it. A little secrecy is good and it smooths our lives. Secrecy in public things is rarely good in the long term- but too many people think their particular secret is an important exception.<br />
There are secrets that I, Bob Scott, want to expose to the public and I will work on these if I am elected US Representative.<br />
1.what is in the fluids used for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas ("fracking" for short).<br />
2.what are the computer programs used in voting machines.<br />
3.what are the ingredients in consumer products.<br />
4.what are the names of the people making big election campaign contributions.<br />
5.what is the stated purpose of election campaign contributions by corporations.<br />
6.I am certain that you, the reader, can give me many more.</p>
<p>I have a favorite story (sort of involving watermelons).<br />
I was working on a project for my company, Shell Chemical, to make Temik insecticide for another company. I found information on toxicity that was disturbing. Temik was very toxic and the solution we would be making was bad enough that if a worker got 4 cubic centimeters (a teaspoon) on the skin and didn't get it off it would be lethal and the antidote wouldn't work! The toxicologists were upset that I, who was considering how to design the plant, had found this out. This attitude of the toxicologists led to the federal government legislated requirement for safety data sheets on everything.<br />
The Shell workers handled Temik solutions carefully with protective suits when they put Temik solution in a truck but the truck drivers said that when the trucks were unloaded there were no protective suits (secrecy at work?).<br />
Several years later I read that a large watermelon recall had taken place because Temik was in the  watermelons- maybe someone was keeping another secret.</p>
<p>http://articles.latimes.com/1985-07-14/news/mn-6355_1_melons

Look to the Morning Star O Skeptic and Be Wise

Look to the Morning Star O Skeptic and Be Wise

Because its lovely sulfuric acid clouds reflect a lot of light the planet Venus would be colder than our Earth if carbon dioxide wasn’t in both our skies. Both planets have nitrogen in the air but it is carbon dioxide that determines the surface temperatures.
Without carbon dioxide both planets would be below freezing and all earths oceans would be like the Arctic Ocean.
Fortunately for Earthlings we have a little carbon dioxide in our air and it causes our average surface temperature to be a (relatively) toasty 60 degrees F.
The Venusians are not as well off as we on Earth and their air is mostly a lot of carbon dioxide (as in a whole lot of carbon dioxide) and the average surface temperature on Venus might indelicately be described as a “Hellish” 860 degrees F. On Venus our zinc pennies would melt.
People all over the Earth are burning enough coal, oil and natural gas to steadily increase the carbon dioxide percentage in our air and it is not an insignificant amount and it will increase the average temperature of the Earth.
I, Bob Scott, candidate for US Representative, MS chemical engineer, retired Pellissippi professor, who taught heat transfer, agree that it is legitimate to debate the rate of the effects of increasing the carbon dioxide content of the air. It is irresponsible of my opponent, John Duncan, attorney, career politician, to characterize people who understand the problem as “environmental extremists”.
Venus is the brightest morning “star” . Look up to the morning star and then get down to work on Earth to solve the carbon dioxide problem we people have brought upon ourselves- and the first thing to do is elect Bob Scott !!

Bob Scott's photo.
Bob Scott's photo.

Bring Back The Singing Canaries

Bring back the singing canaries (and solve our other drug problems also).

I get a lot of questions about drugs. The United States congress got on the wrong track when they decided in 1914 to treat addicting drugs as criminal problems instead of public health problems and when they later listened to Harry Aslingers opinion on marijuana.

My opinions about drugs have been formed by reading Licit and Illicit Drugs which was published by Consumers Union in 1972..

Alcohol and narcotic addictions are the same addiction and before the restrictions on narcotics, doctors would switch alcoholics to opiates because they were less damaging than alcohol.

Nicotine is so addictive that the remission curves for nicotine addiction and morphine addiction are almost the same.

My grandmother had a singing canary. I am certain marijuana has some effect on the mind because of the demise of canaries as pets. A canary fed on singing canary seed would sing continuously in a delightful trill but when marijuana was removed from the canary food the singing ceased.

I would like to see drug use considered a public health problem ( alcohol and nicotine are the most dangerous drugs in common use). I would like for people who are determined to obtain drugs to be able to obtain them at low cost so they can live their lives without resorting to crime. I would like to be certain that drugs are not diverted to people who are not already using them.

I want the profit removed from drug sales by having the state provide them at less than cost to drive out the criminals who sell drugs and I want severe penalties for anyone who gives their own drugs to another person.

I believe the analytical chemistry technology is available to keep track of individual prescriptions and who they were sold to and if a person is found with drugs that are not theirs the source can be identified.

People who believe in free enterprise and capitalism seem to fail to realize that having law enforcement limit the supply of an addicting drug will result in high prices for the drug and ridiculous profits. Illegal drugs are currently so profitable that they provide money to corrupt law enforcement and even upset governments of other countries.

I fear that dragging out a realistic solution to the drug problems will result finally in a backlash that will result in poor policies and too little control of drugs.

Please elect Bob Scott as US Representative to Congress and help begin a realistic movement to cure the misery caused by our present drug laws.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=singing+canary&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=99F7B6C5D3C33638D8D199F7B6C5D3C33638D8D1

37000 scientists are wrong indeed

Can over 37000 scientists and climatologists be wrong? In his  Washington Report which he can mail free to all the “residential customers” in the second congressional district my opponent for US Representative writes “Over 37,000 scientists and climatologists have signed a petition stating there is “no convincing scientific evidence” of man made global warming”. My opponent does not have the education or experience to evaluate such a statement- instead he parrots something that reinforces his ideology.

What I have written below is lengthy but my conclusion is “East Tennessee voters , you owe it to the FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES to send them Bob Scott who will be a US Representative that will work toward solving a real problem now instead of leaving a much worse problem for our grandchildren.”

from Wikipedia:

In 1998, Dr. Frederick Seitz issued a statement and circulated a petition attacking the scientific conclusions underlying international efforts to control emissions of industrial-waste gases. The National Academy of Sciences took the extraordinary step of refuting the position of one its former presidents. Dr. Seitz’s petition was accompanied by an article concluding that emissions of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, posed no climatic threat. Instead, the article said, the emissions amounted to “a wonderful and unexpected gift from the Industrial Revolution” by stimulating atmospheric carbon dioxide and increasing plant growth. ( Dr. Seitz was partially correct- green plants LOVE carbon dioxide. When I said that to a biologist friend, he said “Yes, but the carbon dioxide is making the oceans more acid.”) Dr. Frank Press, a successor to Dr. Seitz as president of the National Academy of Sciences and who was also President Jimmy Carter’s science adviser, said that while he and Dr. Seitz were good friends, Dr. Seitz “was not a specialist in this field.”

“Most top scientists in the field disagreed with him, I among them,” Dr. Press said.

I, Bob Scott, looked up the list of 31,487 American scientists and the first thing I saw was Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb, had signed! Edward Teller is the poster boy because Edward Teller is the real thing! BUT I then looked up what Edward Teller had published on the topic of global warming:

” In recent years, consideration of the possible warming of the climate due to the injection into the atmosphere of ”greenhouse gases,” particularly carbon dioxide, CO2, has motivated proposals to impose international limitations of the burning of fossil fuels, particularly ones yielding less heating-value per gram of CO2 released, such as coal. The starting point of the present paper is the widely-appreciated fact that increases in average world-wide temperature of the magnitude currently predicted can be canceled by preventing about 1% of incoming solar radiation – insolation – from reaching the Earth. This could be done by scattering into space from the vicinity of the Earth an appropriately small fraction of total insolation. If performed near- optimally, we believe that the total cost of such an enhanced scattering operation would probably be at most $1 billion per year…..”

EDWARD TELLER THOUGHT GLOBAL WARMING WAS A PROBLEM and he was proposing to suspend particles in space to cut out some solar radiation to solve the problem.

We have people in East Tennessee who are experts and I think their consensus is we need to stop the release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels AND do something in the atmosphere or in space to cut out some solar radiation.

East Tennessee voters , you owe it to the FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES to send them Bob Scott who will be a US Representative that will work toward solving a real problem now instead of leaving a much worse problem for our grandchildren.

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Reverse the March to Plutocracy!

As Benjamin Franklin left the constitutional convention he was asked “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Benjamin Franklin replied “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Was he thinking of what happened to the Roman republic that worked well for many years? It became a plutocracy.
Our United States republic uses controlled capitalism as an economic system and it has enabled us to get where we are.
Uncontrolled capitalism has an inherent flaw. The driving force behind capitalism is individual greed- a powerful force indeed but a driving force that is based on individual greed will not always lead to good results. Uncontrolled capitalism leads to
(1) the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
(2) the economy going through periods of great expansion and prosperity (desirable) and grinding depression (untenable).
The rich tend to use their wealth to rule the republic and the rule of the rich is called plutocracy.
What can control capitalism for the mutual good? A strong central government regulating in necessary areas and a way to redistribute the wealth. The problem of wealth concentration has been recognized from antiquity- the ancient Jews had a year of jubilee every fifty years when wealth was redistributed.
In our day, a progressive income tax is a very good way to keep the economy going well and control the gap between the rich and the poor (along with a reasonable inheritance tax). The congressmen who signed the Grover Norquist pledge- Jimmy Duncan is one of them- took away from consideration a tool for progress.  Bob Scott- if elected to congress- will add a voice of thoughtful realistic analysis of the needs of our country unimpeded by adherence to flawed ideology.
The TEA Party, (Taxed Enough Already party), should be renamed the Plutocracy Union (PU) because of their shrill deception and devotion to a flawed ideology.
The march to plutocracy includes keeping the poor from voting and if you don’t vote you are falling into the plan of the plutocrats.
Bob Scott will help turn the United States back from the march to plutocracy but only if EVERY INDIVIDUAL CASTS AN INFORMED VOTE!

Bob Scott's photo.
Bob Scott's photo.
Bob Scott's photo.