I was born on Jan. 29, 1932, the day before F.D.R. was inaugurated to his first term as President of the United States of America. To translate for history students today, F. D.R. stands for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I feel as being equal to every baby born on that day. Because of the Great Depression, nobody had any money, and not many possessions of value.
When I was trying to absorb the how's and why's in the explaining the proper way to use the roundabouts on Binkley I became a little confused. As I enter the roundabout, I have to look left, then right and watch the center for a large turning vehicle before proceeding, so basically a simple stop sign or light would serve as a much more reasonable solution instead of all the money to spend trying to solve it this way. I can already hear the snow plow drivers speaking their mind about how to plow the street.
I am totally out of my mind when I see our elected officials want to legalize marijuana after reading day after day, articles about the possible damage to the brain, which every body already knows.
On July 4, I had a small accident when stepping down the one step to the ground from my porch. I have a door handle mounted on the post and I grabbed it as we always do and when stepping down, slipped and in trying to stop my fall, hit the post supporting the stairs above. My skin is very fragile as I have been taking Prednisone drug to help with my breathing for more than 25 years. It causes the thinning of the skin and I have many scratches where the skin has been torn loose. Normally I have used a Band-aid to pull the skin back together and hold it while it heals.
Fourth of July was a beautiful day, with largest crowd I can remember for the parade and park get together. Every body was in good spirits, with lots of sacks of goodies being passed out, but I had one disappointment with the hundreds of flags given away. I had a hole in the top of my cap so I could display mine, but hundreds went undisplayed. A thought came into my mind after the parade that with the enormous amount of money it costs to put on a program this size maybe something could be done. Frequently on the front of the newspapers I get, there are stick-on advertisements.
Having worked for an oil company starting in 1955, I am amazed that every little aspect of building roads or sites to drill on the North Slope requires millions of more dollars when they have been studying it since the 1940s. All of the oil companies know exactly how to perform every operation to start pumping oil out of the ground. Billions of dollars have been paid out of tax money to pay the exorbitant wages, making so many people to do the same job over and over again. All they should have to do is lay out a map for a road and area to drill in and get to work.
At the beginning of the last Legislature, the question of legalizing marijuana for personal use was brought up. One question was asked, how much tax money we can raise with it? Colorado has raised $3.
Minimum wage should be raised because as we go into a grocery store and from week to week find that a $10-12 item suddenly becomes a $13-14 item and a $12.50 item has suddenly became a $15-plus item. I believe that since minimum wage was last increased, there has been roughly a 50 to 75 percent in the cost of merchandise. My measly 1.3 per cent raise in Social Security is eaten up every week when we go into stores because of their raising the prices daily.
First off, I would be proud to put my name in the hat to answer to Eric Derleth's column about how wonderful marijuana or (pot) is. (Editor's note: Derleth's comments ran as a paid advertisement in Monday's Clarion.)
I have ideas about a lot of things which are different than others'. In our local area there was discussion about fire hydrant locations being covered with snow and not cleared as soon as possible. I happen to remember that while the plows were plowing after our big snow that the trails to Soldotna and back were immediately cleared, but driving back and forth, we rarely see any use of them. One time we saw one skier on the trail. Other times only three and maybe four people walking dogs.
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