Keystone State Tour 2 cont… We stopped in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, where I walked around the downtown passing out campaign flyers. I ended up in a conversation with Mike Barber who said that, while he’d been an independent, he finally declared with one of the main political Parties in order to be able to vote in the primaries. His contention is that every voter should be “independent” and have access to voting in any primary they so choose… That night we went to the Clearfield High School Homecoming football game. Clearfield’s mascot is the Bison and he/she (it was hard to tell) performs with the cheerleaders. Quite a feat, given the costume has to be a little cumbersome… This night, I ended up in a conversation with a man who works at the nearby DuBois Hospital. He said besides the regular hospital, there is a Clinic of DuBois that is staffed with volunteer doctors, nurses and other citizens doing any range of other clinic duties. Open two days a week, the clinic provides free services (even including dental) for the “working poor,” and others, of DuBois, he said… Out of Clearfield the next day, we stopped at a truck stop in Milesburg, PA, where I passed out campaign cards to people getting out of mini-tour buses on their way to Penn State’s Homecoming. I also approached a car load of students from Slippery Rock College. Two of the females were college hockey players and there was a male student from Minnesota with them as well. I said one of our campaign promises is to replace the Statue of Liberty with a (that’s right): Viking. “With a #4 jersey,” I added. He smiled and said I had his vote. Note: A front page story in USA Today said municipalities were starting to rely on citizens for some patrolling and investigative work in the midst of budget shortfalls. Several years ago, we researched a Citizens Patrol group in Indio, California. These volunteer citizens got squad cars, patrolled, but carried no guns and couldn’t make arrests. However, they would call in suspicious activity, etc. Like with the Clinic of DuBois, maybe it’s time we all stepped up more.