January 3rd, 2022

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Ice Pillars

It’s that time of the year again, or rather the temperature is that low again. Strange pillars of light in the sky? Ice pillars, or light pillars, form under conditions of very cold temperatures. They are caused by light being reflected by crystals in the atmosphere, and careful observation of them can actually provide some…

The mind is not a vessel to be built, but a fire to be kindled. -Plutarch

Do you get the Government you pay for?

The area represented by the Lincoln County High School district has 31.8% of the county’s population, and provides 45.5% of the tax dollars that fund county government. Libby, where most of the county government occurs, has 50% of the county’s population, and provides 36.1% of the taxes that fund county government. I guess it’s a…

Measuring Temperature

There was a meme out a while back, pointing out the differences between Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.  Measuring was a challenge in those early days – heck, measuring was a challenge to me after I had completed college classes on the topic.  Somewhere in the Glen Lake Irrigation District files of “as built” projects, my…

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Thinking About Student Loans

As I watch a couple of congresswomen pushing for student loan forgiveness – one owes “over $70,000” and complains about it being “mostly interest”, while the other owes $17,000 and wants her loans forgiven.  Congresscritters are paid $174,000 annually.  Now I don’t have any experience at being paid $174,000 per year.  Despite that lack of…

A Chance to do Right

It began on a Fall afternoon in the mid-eighties.  I was at my desk in the science building when a dark-haired young woman lurched into my office, squealed like a pig, fell across my desk, and pushed a piece of paper at me.  I took the paper, and read “Please help me.  I am not…

A Higher Standard for Kim Potter

Some folks write that the verdict in Kim Potter’s manslaughter case was too harsh.  I kind of understand the folks who figure two manslaughter convictions for the same killing could be a bit excessive.  I understand that she really did intend to tase (instead of shoot) the guy.  I understand the guy she shot contributed…

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