Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I have been watching the happenings in Wisconsin with grerat interest. The Governor has not budged on a single point but says he is willing to negotiate. The 14 elected Democrats have left the state because if even one of them shows up to vote the bill, as currently written, will pass. If they don't show up it can't be voted on.

There has been a lot of rhetoric on this but the bottom line is that the Governor has the votes to do anything he wants to do and the only defense for the Democrats is to not show up. The Democrats have said they would vote for the spending cuts but not for removing the Union's collective bargaining clauses from the contracts.

The Governor keeps saying the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. The Unions in the past weeks have tried to rush contracts through before this law is signed. THE BEST PREDICTOR OF FUTURE BEHAVIOR IS PAST BEHAVIOR---AND BOTH PARTIES HAVE FAILED AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED.

This is way worse than GRIDLOCK and I pray every day that the Governor and the elected officials can find a way to negotiate through this. THIS IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF FAILED GOVERNMENT IN AMERICA THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

Hope this isn't a preview of what is to become America's crisis.

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