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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Valentines Day looks to be a little snowy this year

The last five weeks have sure brought a lot of winter our way. This is taking me back to my youth when we got lots of snow and plenty of cold. It’s been several years since we have had a real winter. I know the snowmobile people and ice fishermen are rejoicing at all the winter. We’ve had a couple of winters where you could not even ice fish. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be too bad for people to get around and have a nice meal or enjoy a movie. I guess you can always snuggle up to the furnace vent if you want to keep warm with your Valentine! It’s been that kind of winter.


Monday is Presidents’ Day. There will be no paper that day in honor of the event. Many of the public and governmental agencies will be closed also. With any luck the government won’t be shut down, just on holiday!


This weekend is the State Wrestling tournament. The annual event draws a lot of people to Des Moines. It looks like the event could garner a little snow to make getting around a little harder downtown. We had our Iowa Press Association meeting last week and the weather kept about half the people away from the meeting. Besides the snow, there was plenty of thunder to go along with it. The streets were real slick and getting around was no fun at all. Be safe.


Another milestone for the USA ... The national debt has hit $22 trillion for the first time ever. That is $67,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States. We just keep inching closer to the edge of financial ruin! I feel sorry for my kids and their kids. There is no way this is ever going to get paid down. It is also making it so that interest rates in the future will become higher than ever. There are no bullets left the next time we have a recession. Somebody please make a balanced budget before it’s too late!


The annual comedy night and dinner will be Feb. 23. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased at the Creston News Advertiser. This year’s comedian is one the Parks Board has been trying to get for a number of years. Nathan Timmel from Iowa City is the headliner. He has done five comedy CD’s, three times on the Bob & Tom show, written three comedy books. Plus has preformed abroad for Americas troops nine times. Grab a date and come out and enjoy a smoked prime rib dinner. Always a fun event.


I had a chance to see Elton John the other night on his farewell tour. The singer is 71 and sounds like he is still 21. The auditorium was totally sold out. He sang 24 songs and played for almost two and a half hours nonstop. He will be touring for the next year so if you get a chance, take in the concert.


This winter sure is creating some large potholes all over the place. Not only do the in town streets have plenty of potholes developing, but the highways are also getting beat up by all the snow trucks going up and down the road trying to keep them clear. This has been one of the toughest winters in a long time and the streets and roads are paying the price. Plus, I get the feeling that winter has not given up yet!

Thought for the week:

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. - John Adams, second president.

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