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Things, Ideas & People . . .

Weather is such a prevalent topic in many conversations and often the precursor to real conversation that may propose that a person actually cares how you are doing and what is happening in your area.

We are slipping into fall here and not looking forward to winter. We were thinking about the famous quote . . . “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Mark Twain generally gets the credit for that quote but it may have wrongly been attributed to him. Some research by “Quote Investigator” indicates he might have been merely repeating an observation of his good friend, neighbor and collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, a well-known author and editor in the 1800s.

Regardless, the quote is a bit out of date now as many believe they are doing something about the weather. Good and bad.

 

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COVID Comment We Heard The Other Day: “I never thought I’d be taking in more alcohol through my hands than I ever would through my mouth!”

 

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USS Montana, the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear- powered fast attack submarine, was christened September 12, 2020 in Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, did the christening of the sub, which carries a $2.6 billion price tag. The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, which represented the 12 tribes of Montana, began the celebration with an honor song. Bill Whitsitt, director of the state’s USS Montana Committee, visited Scobey a few years ago promoting the project, stopping by the Leader office and then teacher Brock Berryhill’s government class at Scobey High School. The first USS Montana submarine was commissioned in 1908. — mike

 

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Per the article on page 10 of the October 1, 2020 issue of the Daniels County Leader headlined “We Hope Ballots Get Better Treatment From USPS (United States Postal Service)… And Future Leader Deliveries!” the following needs to be said: When the January 8, 2020 issue of the Circle Banner, the weekly newspaper covering McCone County, showed up at the Leader office on Thursday, February 20 – that’s 43 days to move a newspaper 100 miles north up Highway 13 — the thought was it had to be the all-time longest amount of time for someone to get a newspaper in the lower 50 states. Wrong! As the October 1, 2020 article proved that “record” (that we know of) belongs to a Leader subscriber in California, who wrote us “Got July 9th issue on September 9,” which is 62 days, or two full months! The fear is saying “beat that,” because some Leader subscriber out there probably has a story that actually can! To reiterate what was stated last week: how can we trust the USPS to get mailed-in ballots to where they need to go in a timely manner in order to be counted when it takes 62 days to move a newspaper from Montana to California (and 43 days from Circle to Scobey)? As is always mentioned, this is not the fault of local postal workers in Scobey, Circle and other communities, the problem occurs in the major distribution centers. — mike

POSTAL UPDATE: Still no vast improvements from USPS. Received October 8 from Idaho: “Received the 17 Sept. and 1 Oct. issue in todays mail.”

Three weeks and one week. Consistant. Good luck with the (USPS) mail ballots.

 

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Confucius

 

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“I warn you that politicians of both parties will oppose the restoration of gold, although they may outwardly seemingly favor it. Unless you are willing to surrender your children and your country to galloping inflation, war and slavery, then this cause demands your support. For if human liberty is to survive in America, we must win the battle to restore honest money.” — U.S. Congressman Howard Buffet in 1948 (Warren’s father), who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943-49 and 1951-53.

 

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Did you know Blue Diamond Growers have been producing the finest quality almonds from or chards in the rich, fertile valleys of California for the past 110 years? It’s true, and they are delicious after stocking up on a bunch of the 1-pound value packs that recently were on sale at Tande Grocery in Scobey. The front of the package says “Irresistible Snacking!” and that’s no lie. Try the Smokehouse version. — mike

 

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“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt