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Don Amend

To all my readers of the Powell Tribune:

Sorry for the long silence, but I have been in a fog since early February. For the first two weeks of the month, I spent most of my time sitting, riding or walking around with weights as much as 30 pounds dangling from my head trying to straighten me out some, and it worked, too. After that 11-day ordeal, I was about four to six inches taller than before. More importantly, it gave the surgeons the needed space to repair my upper vertebrae.

 

About 20 years ago, I noticed a lady approaching the tourist information hut I was minding down in Greybull one summer morning. I could tell by her face and her determined stride that she was steamed about something, and I was right. In fact, she was somewhat beyond steamed, just short of enraged.

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote a column, not so much because I needed time off as because I’ve been having a bit of trouble communicating with the old Greek muses who inspire us literary and artistic types.

I can usually depend on inspiration from Clio, the muse of history, when something historic, such as the second inauguration of Barack Obama, happens. But this time, I think Melpomene, the muse of tragedy is speaking up for Republicans and Erato, the muse of love poetry, is arguing for the Democrats, and, as one might expect, they haven’t been able to compromise. That leaves an opening for Thalia, the muse of comedy, of course, but the other muses won’t even let her in the conversation.

This week, the Wyoming Legislature opens, faced with a number of difficult choices.

The principal challenge is to continue to meet the state’s needs in the face of a slump in the demand for coal and low prices for natural gas, as well as possible cuts in the federal budget that might affect the state. Balanced against that is the problem of meeting the state’s needs in areas such as highway maintenance and construction.

 

Today, a piece of history landed in my mailbox in the form of Newsweek.

As usual, the week’s big story was identified on the front cover in big letters that read: “Last Print Issue.”

A look back at the year we are about to leave reveals, as most years do, a mixture of positive and negative news stories in the pages of the Powell Tribune.

Well, Christmas is over for another year.

And a pleasant Christmas it was.

 

The deaths of 26 people, 20 of them children, in a Connecticut elementary school has, understandably, raised questions about school safety here in Powell.

The death of any child by homicide stirs deep emotions, but, when a stranger with no apparent motive, but with a lot of firepower, wipes out an entire first-grade class, the anguish affects the entire nation. As we have seen when similar shootings have occurred in the past, that anguish sparks discussions about how we can prevent such tragedies in the future.

Recently, we were treated, by way of the Internet, to a musical performance by a group that might just have a future.

The mini-concert came when our Minnesota grandchildren visited their cousin Kana, on the occasion of her birthday. After the presents were revealed and the cake and ice cream consumed, the kids vanished into another room, from which the sounds of children playing and singing emanated while the adults visited.

 

Last week was the official opening of the iTunes Christmas playlist on our family computer.

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