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Don Amend

I don’t sing much anymore.

It’s not that I don’t want to sing. I have always enjoyed singing, but my voice just doesn’t wish to cooperate in the activity. Sometimes it works like a pipe organ, where birds have nested in some of the pipes so my voice can’t hit those notes. Eventually, the birds fly off, leaving the proverbial frog who often visits my throat and adds his croak to my tones.

Well, it’s time to put on my loyal opposition hat again and talk about politics.

Ever since November, Republicans have been gloating about what they would do when they took office.

There’s an old saying that trouble comes in threes.

It’s a bit of superstition that has no basis in fact, of course. Still, there are times when life sends us one sad event after another, which is what happened to me in recent weeks. This time, though the troubles came in a group of four.

The state of our politics makes it pretty easy to write an opinion column these days.

Once upon a time, there was a cartoon superhero who worked to advance truth, justice and the American Way.

I’ve been taking it rather easy in my political comments so far this year, but I think it’s time to stop doing that.

With all the stuff that’s happened in the last couple of weeks, I have to say something.

Awhile back, the head of housekeeping at our castle here in Powell requested my help in a project aimed at sorting through our personal library. This was a reasonable request, since I’m the person responsible for adding 99 percent of the additions to that library.

What’s in store for our nation in 2017?

Well, I don’t know. When God was handing out gifts, he skipped me when it came time to distribute the gift of prophecy, so I’m a bit uncomfortable predicting the future. I will, however, make one major prognostication about what will happen this year: I am absolutely certain that most of the stuff today’s prophets are handing down won’t happen.

Northwest Trapper Lauga Gauta has added All-American status to her volleyball résumé.

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