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.
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 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.
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.
With the assistance of digital cameras, our house has turned into sort of a photographic museum.
Recently, for want of something to do, I looked around at the photographs that occupy the various bookcases, walls and other surfaces in the family room, the largest room in our house, and counted them. It’s a ridiculously high total covering a variety of subjects, but by far the largest group, 30 pictures, is made up of shots featuring one or more of our four grandchildren.