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Don Amend

Ordinarily, our house is pretty quiet.

Aside from my tendency to turn the music up a few extra decibels, the better to hear the pianissimo passages of “Scheherazade” or enjoy the somewhat louder chords of “Born in the USA,” there isn’t a lot of noise.

As faithful readers of this column may remember — I think there are a couple dozen of you out there, not counting my relatives — I last filled this space with my thoughts on immigration.

A couple of weeks ago, my wife handed me the phone to speak with the lady on the other end of the line.

The lady was conducting a poll, apparently for the Republican Party, about the immigration bill currently being discussed in Congress, and asked me if I would support a bill that included a number of provisions. Then she began to read a list of those provisions which was so long I lost count by about item number eight.

This week, I would rather not be at home.

Were it not for certain medical issues, I would be in Pennsylvania this week, attending the activities observing the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — which include a reenactment of the events of those three July days of horror and heroism by thousands of ordinary people who make a hobby of reliving the events of the Civil War. One of them is my nephew Jake.

I’m a bit too old to be a baby boomer. My birth just a few weeks before D-Day makes me a war baby.

One of the consequences of this situation was that I eventually became big brother to five baby boomers, which, while not a terrible thing, did mean some cultural differences within my immediate family and often these differences involved music.

For almost a dozen years now, this nation has been on a campaign to keep we the people safe.

The attacks back in 2001 triggered enormous efforts to increase security, especially in air travel, and incidents ranging from airline passengers with explosive BVDs to school invasions by deranged, gun-toting individuals have increased the concern.

It’s been a long time since I retired from teaching school. Last month marks the end of the 13th school year since I cleaned out my desk at Greybull High School and embarked on a new career.

It’s been a while since I wrote anything political for this space.

Well, that’s not exactly true. I did hold forth recently on the current dust-up over the superintendent of public instruction, but that was mostly an antique civics teacher’s compulsion to lecture on constitutional questions than a foray into political discussion.


May 21, 2013 7:45 am

The Amend Corner: Raindrops

Rain, rain, don’t go away.

That may sound strange coming from a guy who, just a few weeks ago, filled this space with stuff about feeling at home in the desert that covers most of the Big Horn Basin.

April 30, 2013 7:54 am

The Constitution says...

Wyoming residents, by and large, have some misconceptions about the state’s government.

A few years ago, I heard Paul Hickey, then a Democratic candidate for governor, recall a conversation he had with a gentleman concerning the Wyoming Supreme Court’s controversial ruling on the state’s system of financing public schools. The gentleman asked Hickey if he would impeach the Supreme Court if he were elected governor. Hickey responded that he wouldn’t, because the governor doesn’t have the power to impeach judges. The gentleman then declared that he couldn’t vote for Mr. Hickey.