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Republican, Democrat and Mandarin Chinese...


One of my earliest memories of the term "lost in translation" is from 1972 when President Richard Nixon embarked on his historic visit to China. I recall news coverage and the fear pundits expressed of our President's best intended comments being "lost in translation." In other words, the Chinese language didn't have exact or even comparable words or symbols to express some very important forms of English communication. I see the same phenomenon repeated every four years in the American political environment. Click HERE to read more from Dale's column regarding "Congressional Speak," the language of our elected officials.

TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *Tips for Safe Driving Over Labor Day Weekend

Before You Go:
o Create a car safety kit. Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous weather. Bad weather can lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays and road closures. You can prepare for bad weather by creating your own safety kit. Basics for the kit include a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, family medicine and emergency telephone numbers.
o Take the car in for a checkup. Breaking down on the side of the road can definitely put a damper on the holiday spirit. If your car is due for a checkup, take it in before making that long haul. At the very least, check the car's fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and make sure they are properly inflated.
o Know the Weather. Check local websites for traveling information for states you will be traveling through and your destination. You may need extra time for bad weather.