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Voting crucial this election
     By Lola-Shrimplin, NEWS EDITOR

...Election season is upon us, with the August Primaries rapidly approaching, followed by the November General elections.
...If it was never apparent how each vote counts, it was made clear last month, in the United Kingdom, with the vote to leave the European Union.
...After the vote to leave, several people said they thought their vote wouldn’t matter, and if they had known their vote to leave would count, they would have voted to stay.
...Here in the United States, we have gotten jaded about voting, and there is particular frustration this year, with many preferring neither candidate for President.
...Some are saying they won’t vote at all.
...With the frustration growing with Washington politics, and many believing their voices aren’t heard by those who represent them, it is important to remember that there are local races as well, that will directly impact the residents of Pleasant Hill and Cass County.
...With four Democratic candidates and four Republican candidates, as well as one Libertarian candidate running for Missouri Governor, voting August 2, in the primaries, and again in November is vital.
...In Pleasant Hill, there are three candidates for Precinct 20 Councilman, and there are three candidates for Cass County Sheriff and two for Cass County Public Administrator.
...Many people are saying they want change. That the way things are going in the United States is wrong, and that we need people who will listen and represent those who elected them.
...The only way to do that, and to be heard, is to vote, and then to hold those elected accountable for being placed in office as representatives of the people who sent them to govern.
...For the U.S. to be represented by the voices of the many instead of the few, more people need to vote and make their voices heard by those they vote for.

99 bottles of water

...I bought a bottle of water at the neighborhood convenience store yesterday.
...I can’t believe that I paid that much money for a drink of water.
...If someone had told me during my college days that I’d pay more for a bottle of water than I would for a can of beer, I would have told them that they were crazy.
...But times change and Americans are buying bottled water like crazy. The sale of bottled water has increased dramatically over the past several decades.
...In fact, bottled water is the second most popular commercial beverage in the United States today. You can find bottled artesian water, mineral water, sparkling water, spring water, well water and more on American store shelves.
...Behind China, the U.S. is the second largest consumer market for bottled water in the world. In 2008, American bottled water sales topped 8.6 billion gallons. That was 28.9 percent of the U.S. beverage market and exceeded sales of all other beverages except carbonated soft drinks.
...The average American drinks 21 gallons of bottled water a year.
...Bottled water had long been popular in Europe where it was sold in cafes and grocery stores. In 1977, French-owned Perrier launched a successful advertising campaign in the U.S. resulting in the rising popularity of bottled water.
...The spring in Southern France where Perrier is bottled dates back to Roman times. French doctor Louis Perrier bought the spring in 1898, opened a commercial spa and bottled the water for sale.
...Dr. Perrier showed wealthy British publisher John Harmsworth the spring and he sold his share of his family’s newspapers to buy it. Harmsworth closed the spa, named the spring Source Perrier and started bottling the water in distinctive green bottles.
...Harmsworth marketed the product in Britain and advertised it as the “Champagne of mineral water.”
...Eventually, Perrier brought its bottled water to the United States.
...There were only 16 brands of bottled water sold in the U.S. in 1970. That grew to 50 brands in 1998 and over 195 brands by 2012.
...I suspect that there’s some bottled water being sold that doesn’t come from cool springs, deep wells, clear streams or sky-blue lakes. I wonder if the source of some bottled water isn’t a rusty water faucet in Flint, Michigan.
...But wherever it comes from, there is no doubt that bottled water is a modern marketing phenomenon.
...It probably won’t be long before college fraternity boys will be singing, “Ninety-nine bottles of water on the wall, 99 bottles of water...take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of water on the wall.”