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Things, Ideas & People … Things, Ideas & People …

“UNCLE AL” Eckart brought in this big ol’ zucchini squash the other day. It weighed in just shy of 7 lbs and was 15” long (not including the stem). Not knowing much about gardening we asked if that was considered a “big one”. He simply told us . . . “It was the biggest in my garden!” He left us with that to chew on . . . and the big squash.



Apparently more isn’t always better. We had an interesting discussion about the qualities of isopropyl alcohol (purer form of rubbing alcohol) the other day. We always thought 91 to 99% isopropyl was better than 70% for disinfecting hard surfaces and cleaning to remove oils, while leaving no residue. There are lots of uses, but as it leaves no residue, we use it in prepping for decal application, usually mostly 99% as do electronic folks and numerous people in different trades.

However, when it comes to disinfecting, 70% isopropyl is likely better as what makes up the oth- er percentage of the liquid is merely purified water, which makes the alcohol evaporate slower, acting as a better disinfectant by staying on the surface longer. For disinfecting, alcohol below the 60% concentration, the disinfecting effects drastically are reduced.

Either way, though isopropyl is very pure, it is disappointing to know you can’t drink it. It is toxic by nature. It is specially disappointing because we buy it by the 5 gal. jug. It will make you very ill, and may cause blindness, all while tasting very bad.

There is plenty of other not so tasty alcoholic spirits on the market. We hear among those, Everclear (190 proof, a pandemic favorite), may make good hand sanitizer base. We’re not scientists but we have become more aware that there are so many variations of alcohol out there that before using it for specific applications, do some research. -bb



There was a time not long ago when Argentina’s Peso and Venezuela’s Bolivar were on a 1-to-1 par basis with the world’s reserve currency, the U.S. Dollar. Not these days where the major difference now shows up in the price of one ounce of gold. In Argentina’s Peso currency one ounce of gold costs 145,933.41 while in Bolivar it is 19,475.63 and in U.S. Dollar $1954.60 as of 12 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020. These figures show what happens when a country’s government/central bank allows more currency units to be printed (punching a keyboard actually) and are backed by nothing, like that $3 trillion the Federal Reserve System added to it balance sheet since the Wuhu Flu showed up. Danger dead ahead! — mike



“America does not need to see the tax return of a billionaire who became a public servant. America needs to see the tax returns of public servants who became millionaires while being public servants.” — Jaeson Lubell, American entrepreneur



Did you know? – A group of parrots is known as a pandemonium.



SAMPLE BALLOTS ARE IN. Sample ballots are now available at the Clerk and Recorder’s office.

The following issues have all qualified and/or certified to appear on the ballot for the November 3 election.

More comprehensive information appears in the Public Notices section on the two Constitutional Amendments and one Constitutional Initiative.


Constitutional amendment to change constitutional amendment signature requirements.


Constitutional amendment to revise initiative signature requirements.


Under the Montana Constitution, a person 18 years of age or older is an adult, except that the legislature or the people by initiative may establish the legal age of purchasing, consuming, or possessing alcoholic beverages. CI-118 amends the Montana Constitution to allow the legislature or the people by initiative to establish the legal age for purchasing, consuming, or possessing marijuana.


Revise concealed carry laws.


I-190 legalizes the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. I-190 requires the Department of Revenue to license and regulate the cultivation, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products and to inspect premises where marijuana is cultivated and sold. It requires licensed laboratories to test marijuana and marijuana-infused products for potency and contaminants. I-190 establishes a 20% tax on non-medical marijuana. 10.5% of the tax revenue goes to the state general fund, with the rest dedicated to accounts for conservation programs, substance abuse treatment, veterans’ services, healthcare costs, and localities where mar- ijuana is sold. I-190 allows a person currently serving a sentence for an act permitted by I-190 to apply for resentencing or an expungement of the conviction. I-190 prohib its advertising of marijuana and related products.