This being Presidents Day, Neighbors is reminded of a line Groucho Marx once said: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”

That’s one of the quotes John Hougen, Bismarck, found and sent to Neighbors.

Here are some other non-political ones:

“A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.” — Mark Twain.

“Whoever invented scissors should get a pat on the back.” — Larry King.

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“The chief cause of problems is solutions.” — Eric Sevareid.

“All generalizations are false, including this one.” — Mark Twain.

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And then Rod Lammer, LaMoure, N.D., sends this email to the writer of this column:

“I just heard the song ‘Elusive Butterfly of Love’ on the radio, and noted it was sung by YOU!

“Bob Lind sang it, and what a wonderful job you did!

“OK,” Rod reconsiders in his email, “maybe it wasn’t you, but was it only your namesake?

“Please tell us if you are a renowned record artist or not.”

Well, Rod, that singer was the famous and talented singer who just happens to share this writer’s name.

In truth, if you heard this writer sing, you’d quickly know that the only thing this writer’s singing voice does is scare away animals… and people.

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