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Don Amend

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.

One of the major benefits of living in Powell and Park County is the quality of medical care available.

Still, as in virtually every other part of America, there are those for whom it is unavailable because they cannot afford it. 

Basically, I’ve had a pretty easy life.

I haven’t had too many real troubles over the 68.58 years since 1944. I’ve had a happy childhood and a good marriage that included some really nice in-laws and brought two kids, neither of which ever had to be bailed out of jail. Best of all, the two of them have given me the four smartest grandchildren in the galaxy.

Living in Park County among a hoard of Republicans long ago convinced me that I was living in one of the most, if not the most, conservative counties in Wyoming.

 

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