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Publisher’s Notebook—Candidates would do well to heed Abe

As the debates begin between presidential aspirants George W. Bush and Al Gore, we need to brace ourselves for the onslaught of comments, slams, commercials and so on about each one by the other one.

The one thing I wish both men would take into consideration as they proceed through the campaign are the words of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln:

“Ten Cannots”

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.”

“You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.”

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.”

“You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.”

“You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.”

“You cannot establish security on borrowed money.”

“You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than income.”

“You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.”

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.”

“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could do for themselves.”

, Abraham Lincoln

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if both campaigners took Mr. Lincoln’s word to heart?

Speaking of words, I want to share a few with you about how we as individuals can improve our lives both personally and professionally. All of us need to be reminded from time-to-time about how we can strive for greatness.

“Just for Today”

“I will live through the next 12 hours and not try to tackle all of life’s problems at once.

“I will improve my mind. I will learn something useful. I will learn something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

“I will be agreeable. I will look my best, speak in a well-modulated voice, be courteous and considerate.

“I will not find fault with friend, relative or colleague. I will not try to change or improve anyone but myself.

“I will have a program, I might not follow it exactly, but I will have it.

“I will save myself from two enemies , hurry and indecision.

“I will do a good turn and keep it a secret. If anyone finds out, it won’t count.

“I will do two things I don’t want to do, just for the exercise.

“I will believe in myself. I will give my best to the world and feel confident that the world will give its best to me.

, Author Unknown

To the balance sheet.

Credit: To the Girl Scouts for a creative fund-raising event Sept. 15 titled Urban Campout. Maggie Watkins, the marketing guru for Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, was the chair of the event that attracted more than 400 San Diegans to the park along the waterfront behind the Convention Center to take part in an urban camping experience. Guests were given the task of learning about scouting and earning “merit badges” at the same time. By fulfilling the various tasks at each badge location guests could qualify for a badge all in the name of fun. Following the auction and exhibits a first-class barbecue complete with fire pits for roasting marshmallows was held. Then three former Girl Scouts , Watkins, Channel 10’s Carol LeBeau, and KSWB anchor Brooke Wagner , entertained the audience with the help of the local band The Heroes. The best way to describe the singing talent of this trio would be to say they were “The Supremes” without Diana Ross. Fun was had by all and the Girl Scouts took in $120,000 without selling one cookie. Union Bank was the title sponsor and deserves a few accolades too. Good job, Maggie and friends!

Credit: Geoff Young, the general manager of the newly remodeled Paradise Point Resort, for finishing off the $20 million face-lift with a signature restaurant, Baleen of Miami. This unique sail or drive up and dine theme is perfect for San Diego. With lobster in a martini glass and wood-fired meats, this 160-seat facility is a welcome addition to our ever-growing collection of world-class dining spots. I haven’t dined there yet, so this is not a review, but when Gourmet Magazine says it’s a restaurant to watch, it p


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