Make Boats Great Again

It looks like the Trump campaign in Texas had some tough sailing yesterday. It appears that several boats that were participating in a pro-Trump rally took on water and sank in a lake close to Austin.

Here’s the story from USA Today:

AUSTIN, Texas – Multiple boats participating in a parade in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sank Saturday on Lake Travis, located west of Austin, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Multiple small boats needed rescue after they began sinking due to choppy water conditions as the boats travled together on the lake, according to the office. No one was injured as a result of those incidents, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials. The lake is known for being difficult to navigate at times, and large wakes could be seen during Saturday’s boat parade. Travis County Sheriff’s Office “responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress during the Trump parade on Lake Travis. Several boats did sink,” the office tweeted Saturday.

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Trump’s campaign has been taking on water for some time now. So maybe this boat parade fiasco in Texas is a preview of things to come.

And for Trump supporters, maybe it is time to head to higher (moral and ethical?) ground.

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Rob Jewell

I’m Rob Jewell and I live and write in Woodland Park, Colorado, the City Above the Clouds. I've been fortunate. I worked for 29 years at BFGoodrich in Akron, Ohio. I started editing employee publications and ended as vice president of corporate communications. Then I started a public relations consulting company before becoming a full-time faculty member in the School of Journalism at Kent State University. I taught courses in writing, public relations and mass communication ethics. And I supervised a student-run public relations firm, called Flash Communications. During my tenure at Kent State I was honored to receive the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award. During most of this time I've been a dedicated runner. OK, jogger, if you take speed into consideration. But while my times are not much to write about, I was and am committed. For almost 30 years I ran at least 1,000 miles each year. (Except for one year when I tore my calf muscle playing tennis. So much for tennis.) Being on the road most mornings at 5 a.m. gave me some time to think. It also led to some amazing friendships that now span more than three decades. And my longtime love affair with running helped me shape my first novel, Then We Ran, which is available wherever electronic books are sold. And just so you don't think that all I did was work and run, I have other interests as well, many centering on family. My wife, Mary, was a successful and highly regarded career teacher in the Akron public schools. She now devotes her time and energy to a host of social and athletic activities in Woodland Park. My son, Brian, teaches at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs where he is also the head soccer coach. And my daughter, Jessica, has completed her doctorate at Kent State University where she is also an administrator with the Wick Poetry Center. I've done a lot of writing during my career -- but Jessica is the real writer in the family. I'll try not to make too many errors in this blog. I'm sure she'll be watching.

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