A happy birthday just past

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force. Well actually it was on Saturday the 18th but I still celebrated. Actually, the date, the 74th birthday, passed without much recognition which the U. S. Marines do in a much more formal fashion. Maybe we who love the USAF will see more recognition next year on the 75th anniversary.

Speaking of Air Force this old tanker pilot was really proud of how our current C-17 big cargo plane pilots flew into the troubled country of Afghanistan and evacuated so many passengers from the civilian airport at Kabul. In my mind, it took more than a little courage to fly your big defenseless (almost) airplane into that troubled hotspot. Bless those brave souls that did it.

Iím not so proud though of the UAS, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, (the press calls them drones) operators that unleashed the hellfire missile that killed the NGO aid workerís family of seven children a couple of days later. My understanding is that the crews that operate those things are located somewhere in Nevada and operate those systems via satellite communications. No doubt the order to shoot was given by some high-up commander, maybe even President Biden, but we the public will probably never know his/her name nor will any punishment be given. Iím interested but the world of combat has certainly changed since I left active duty in 1980.

Our household has been operating in a whole different mode since Grannie Annie had a very successful knee replacement last week. We elected to have the surgery here in Community Hospital and couldnít have been more pleased with the result. It is so nice to offer support from home rather than having to live in a motel somewhere when you want to be with your loved one. Grannie is doing well as she works through the pain and discomfort of getting her leg to move normally again. Flowers, cards, visits and good wishes from a myriad of friends have helped the progress. Thank you.

The scenes of thousands of illegal migrants trying to infiltrate across our southern border is painful to watch. The next question is where will they be settled? Iíd offer President Joe Bidenís little-used mansions for a comfortable new home until they can find a more permanent place to live and a job so they can contribute to our economy. I suspect that location wonít be a player as our elite class will expect the common folk to take care of ďThe tired and poor, those yearning to breathe freeĒ as our country has always done.

The immigration of hundreds of thousands into this country will be a continuing problem long after President Joe Biden has been replaced. The progressives seem to want it to continue to create a lock on the next election for the Democrats as they know from experience that people will vote for the party that promises to hand out welfare benefits for those too lazy to work. Our laws on immigration are being ignored and to make matters worse the promise to grant amnesty and thence citizenship is broadcast to the world. Then too, our present law that encourages chain migration will invite millions more into this country. It needs to be changed and your vote in the next election will be the next chance to get it done.

Our exit from Afghanistan, disaster that it was, the illegal immigration problem on our southern border and now our Presidentís edict on compulsory Covid shots all bode continuing problems for our country. It is wonderful that we live in a community far distant from those problems that the elite ruling class has created. Oh, wait a minute. Our hospital may be affected by health care workers that will quit rather than get the Covid shot even though they have natural immunity from already surviving the Covid infection. Then too maybe our school system, and two other local industries that probably employ enough workers to come under the requirements for mandatory shots. You too have already noticed all the notices on business about town noting ďWe are hiringĒ. It is all an unnecessary mess and hopefully, those locals in charge can muddle through so we arenít greatly affected. One can only hope.

I havenít addressed it but we have all noticed the rising inflation of prices that we have to currently pay for the goods we buy every day. Most noticeable is the rise in the price of gasoline at the pump. Still we are lucky as my son sent a picture of gas prices at his home in California and they are paying $2.00 a gallon more than what is posted locally. Don voted for the recall of Governor Newsome but that recall effort failed so evidently Californians donít mind the high prices. Oh it is good to live in Southwest Nebraska.

That is the way I saw it.

Dick Trail

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  • "The scenes of thousands of illegal migrants trying to infiltrate across our southern border is painful to watch. The next question is where will they be settled?"

    I offer Northwest Kansas and Southwest Nebraska as a great place to build a new life in this great country of ours, especially for those from countries torn by political upheaval and natural disaster, such as the Haitians who were chased like runaway slaves by Border Patrol agents on horseback with whips, like a scene out of Uncle Tom's Cabin, only this horrific scene is 2021.

    The Great Plains are great for a reason, but don't take my word for it:

    "Oh it is good to live in Southwest Nebraska."

    Agreed. Bring us your "... tired and poor, those yearning to breathe free," especially if you are camped out under a bridge on the Texas/Mexico border. WE WANT YOU!

    -- Posted by AxolotlMom on Tue, Sep 21, 2021, at 2:52 PM
  • At least I signed my name1 Dick Trail

    -- Posted by Dusty on Fri, Sep 24, 2021, at 9:14 PM
  • (Golf claps) @ Dusty... You get a gold star.

    -- Posted by AxolotlMom on Tue, Sep 28, 2021, at 2:32 PM
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