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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

The countdown to Christmas begins

My inbox for the internet was packed this past week with “Pre-Black Friday” sales. Everyone looks to be getting the jump on Christmas. There has been some good pricing on things. I try to do most of my shopping in the area. I’m still one of those brick and mortar type guys who wants to see it and buy it from local merchants. We are only two weeks away from Thanksgiving today. Thanksgiving is as early as it gets this year with the month starting on a Thursday. So you will have a couple of extra days between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get out and buy those Christmas presents.

Thank goodness

I’m glad to see the election come to an end for this year. The TV commercials are enough to make you want to unplug the darn thing! I’m not sure how much was spent but I would guess you could have put a good dent in the state budget if you had all the funds that went to “back-stabbing” all the different candidates! Let the gridlock begin ... If you think nothing has been done the last few years, just wait till the new session takes hold. Just a short two years and I’m sure they will be all back at cluttering up our TV viewing.

Veterans Day

This Sunday is Veterans Day. My nephew is over serving in Afghanistan for the next six months or so. I sent him a care package the other day with a bunch of his favorite goodies. I mailed the package on a Saturday and low and behold he had the package by the next Saturday. Not bad for having to travel halfway around the world (7,200 miles). It got there faster than if I mail something from here to Newton! So take some time out and take a vet to lunch or just say “Thank You for your service.” We owe a lot of gratitude to those who serve. The flags will be up on Monday to celebrate the event in Creston. In honor of the event, we will not have a paper on Monday but will have the office open for business.

Willie

Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame baseball player, passed away this past week. I have a Willie McCovey autograph. My aunt Gladys, a school teacher, was down in St Louis for a conference “many moons ago” and had the chance to ride up the elevator with Willie. She said he was a delightful gentleman to talk to and he was kind enough to give her an autograph, which she gave to me when I was about 8 years old. I still have it to this very day.

Snow

It looks like we could be in for some snowflakes tonight or Friday morning. Nothing like a little snow to get you in the mood for Christmas.I think people are fed up with having to mow grass. It’s November for goodness sakes. Our grass here at the plant looks like it could use another mowing, but it is now going to wait until next spring!

CIPCO

Wow and what a good deal with CIPCO, just north of town, putting up a new and improved power plant. I will kind of miss the steam coming out of the old steam plant during the winter time. The pure white steam always made for a nice backdrop against a crisp winter blue sky. They look to get started this next year. House and apartment rentals may get to be tough to find with all the windmill people also coming to town to start the project here and in Adams County. This country can use all the power we can generate!

Thought for the week: “The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.”– Will Rodgers

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