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Happy New Year


I believe this year will be better than the last. Let’s face it, it would be hard to make things worse, even if we wanted, but I think we have some omens foretelling good things to come. Let’s take a look.

The COVID-19 virus is now on the run. Vaccines are coming fast and furiously not just here, but all over the world. If we can cut red tape, we can get more done. It is only by unencumbering our laboratories of unnecessary regulations, that this early breakthrough was possible. By taking off the hand-cuffs there is no telling how much sooner good health care can come. Good things are ahead.

This year largely due to Randal Board, Tim Watts, Caterpillar Co., and the Cares Grant, we have kept our heads above water at the museum. Now additional grant money is available and maybe we will again get lucky. Our new museum exhibit will soon be completed and planning will begin, for additional space. This year looks promising for the museum.

Fran’s historically low Bank America, stock dividend increased from $1.97 to $2.16, for the first time in 10 years, and Social Security went up slightly. Those have to be signs of good things to come.

A young dog, dumped on our road, began hanging around the house. I fed and played with her regularly. It has been our experience that dogs are most often dumped because they have been abused and bite as a result, or that they are pregnant. Puppy was undernourished when she came to us, but we fed her well and kept her water dish clean and full. The effect of our good food soon kept her ribs from showing like they were when she first arrived. However, the day after Christmas, unknown to us, Puppy, a Beagle mix, clambered onto the foot of our bed and had five little, un-Beagle like but very cute, puppies. We will have the puppies vaccinated as well as find them good homes. That portends well for at least six families, if you count ours. Good stuff in 2021.

I try to stay away from politics, but I, am like Winston Churchill who was once asked why he had switched from the liberal party to the conservative. He answered, “When I was 21, I was a liberal, but by the time I was 50, I couldn’t afford it anymore.” I am fiscally conservative, but a retired teacher, and therefore hold views both liberal and conservative. The last four years have been the most fun, rewarding and interesting since Harry S. Truman regularly cursed in the oval office, and threatened to beat up a news reporter for criticizing his daughter’s piano recital. This is a new political year, and there is a possibility of good things to come. If our President elect keeps on doing the things he is doing, regardless of the things he says he will do. This could bode well, but we’ll see. I’m optimistic, since Joe is already backing off his campaign promises, before being sworn. Then again there is his son, Hunter and his father’s influence being looked into. All in all, it’s probably a good thing to have politicians lie to us again, lest we forget and not be able to directly compare them, with a President who kept his.

Joe, has been my favorite Dem. since the day he walked out of the Oval Office onto the White House lawn and was asked by a reporter, the result of the meeting between President Clinton and the Democrat caucus, concerning the Monica Lewinsky affair. No Senator or Representative would respond, except Joe. I cannot write his exact words, but it went something like this, “He G_d D_m, lied to us!” From that moment on he gained my respect. Not because he cursed, but rather because he told the unvarnished truth. I think, if his memory and stamina is strong, he will do the job, but not well in every little particular. Joe was always conservative for a Democrat, but not like Robert Byrd, a segregationist, and one time clansman. What fun, it will be to watch Nancy and Chuck try to hold their positions, with Socialist dogs nipping at their heels. And, although the current President has been fun, and effective, I, for one, won’t miss his tweets. “Happy New Year,” from Fran and I, as we ride next year’s whirlwind, a “fun 2021.”