Catching up on some of our recent backroads campaigning… Just outside Huntington, West Virginia, I interviewed Frank Holcomb from Point Pleasant in Mason County. He is a retired state trooper. Several years prior, he had answered a domestic violence call and was shot in the leg. He became disabled because of the injury and had to retire early. Officer Holcomb has a wife, two young children and is a member of New Hope Bible Baptist Church. We talked about how society was becoming more violent as a whole and I said it was my belief those who put themselves in harm’s way day in and day out should be compensated accordingly… While in Huntington, West Virginia, we spent time on the Marshall University campus. On Saturday Nov. 14, 1970, the Marshall University football team and staff (75 people in all) crashed just before reaching the Tri-State Airport runway while returning from a game. Everyone was killed… While in Huntington, we also talked with Grattan Gannon . His wife inherited the “Hatfield Cemetery.” That’s right, the ‘Hatfield’ of Hatfield’s and McCoy’s fame. We were told there’s not much fuedin’ going on these days. In fact, the families get together for an annual softball game each year now. After hearing this, I couldn’t help but ruminate that maybe that’s the answer to a lot of these current international conflicts (with Iran, North Korea…). Maybe we should all get together for some softball games. (And some actually intimate I’m weak on foreign policy. Ha!) Note: Gratten is an absolutely fabulous story teller, the Garrison Keillor of Appalachia, if you will. And, in ‘down home’ fashion, he told us that at one of the funerals at the cemetery, a rather cantancerous Hatfield was on his way to his burial. He was in a coffin on the back of a pick-up truck. The cemetery is at the top of a rather steep hill and as the pick-up was climbing it, the coffin slid off and created quite a ruckus. “See, even dead I knew Jeb was still going to mess this thing up,” one mourner (sort of) was heard to say.