Gil Herkimer Releases 'Hometown'
"Hometown was a small rural 'Upstate' New York town with a population of about 3,000 to 4,000 people, 12,000 to 15,000 milk cows and three creameries," explains the author. "I, like my protagonist, grew up here. Sit back and enjoy a look at how life used to be and how, even then, government played a large role in it."
Readers join Bill Stevens as he looks at the world around him. They follow him from his sleepy town of dairy to the excitement of World War II as he serves his country in the Navy. As his tale continues, readers begin to learn about the importance of government and how it affects their lives; how a two-party system is necessary. By the end of his book, Herkimer hopes to have "encouraged readers to help in the development of a strong two-party political system in areas where there is only a one-party rule."
An excerpt from "Hometown":
"The time between the next announcement, seemed to Bill Stevens and Donahue . . . . to be an infinity. Each knew that this was a low voter turnout for the Majority Party candidate in the Second District, but they didn't know how what of the voting public actually voted, or how many of those who did vote didn't vote for either of the candidates. The tally keeper registered 202 under the name of Stanton on the chalkboard. '. . . . Stevens.' There was a pause, the Election Marshall took a second look, and reassured himself of the count, and continued . . . . "Stevens . . . . 199.'"