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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012 12:01 am | Updated: 7:33 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

Notes, quotes and anecdotes:

Best quote I've read on this season's political campaigns comes from Joe Queenan in The Wall Street Journal. He wrote this about how the presidential candidates dress down:

"You're seeking the world's most important office and dressing like you're working the night shift at Walmart."

Skip the facts

• You might have received gang emails telling a story about President Obama not allowing his name to be used when military officers present the American flag to the families of veterans at their burials "on behalf of the president of the United States and the people of a grateful nation. ..."

The email claims:

"This is a letter that my good friend's husband wrote today after his uncle's funeral yesterday. If Obama does not want his name associated with our military, he does not deserve to be the president of the United States."

Terrible! Unforgivable!

So why did Obama do this?

He didn't. Neither the president nor the Defense Department has ordered any changes, or even sets procedure for the ceremony.

Each branch of the service has its own suggested wording for when the flag is passed to the family. The wordings suggested by the Army and Navy do not include "the president." The Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard versions do use "the president."

So how many of you passed this email along without checking it out? Don't, until you take a few more minutes and check out, or

Extra, extra

• Headlines we'll probably never see:

-Rep. Joe Pitts praises Obama plan

-Mayor, firefighters happy with contract; ride firetruck together through city, siren blaring

-Callista dumps Newt for younger man

-Palestinian, Israeli diplomats give up efforts to bring peace to Pequea Township

-Gov. Corbett admits he's anti-education: Third-grade teacher made him stand in corner

-No roadwork scheduled today in Lancaster County.

Back in '58

• While most of you believe that spring is here to stay, those of us who remember the storms of March 1958 would never tempt the weather gods by even thinking that the snow is over. It also snows in April here.

No sense of irony, sir?

• Attacks by GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Catholic, and his representatives on the religious beliefs of other candidates lead me to wonder if Santorum knows that just more than 60 years ago there was a national debate over whether a Catholic should be president.

Word play

• Reader Bruce Dombach, of Willow Street, says it's time to put an end to saying and writing "at the end of the day."

• Roberta Strickler, of Lancaster, would like people to stop putting the "wise" at the end of words: weatherwise, financialwise, etc.

I deserve a break

Daughter Abigail, who has been driving on a learner's permit, wanted to try to negotiate a restaurant drive-through. She did fine, pulled up and ordered food.

"You have money?" I asked.

"No," she said, "I have you."

Marv Adams can be reached by email at or mail: Sunday News, P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608-1328.

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