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Saturday, March 9 2002

 

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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Weather

This past week has given us more fluctuating weather conditions. The temperature dropped to single digits Monday morning and never rose above the middle teens during the afternoon. Tuesday's temperatures were slightly better. Then from Wednesday on the temperatures gradually rose each day until Friday when the thermometer showed temperatures in the mid and upper sixties. All in all, the winter has been warmer than usual. This has been a big help in keeping heating costs down. However, the lower-than-average snowfall has only added to the area drought conditions. Many officials are warning of the danger of more-than-usual spring brush fires. These fires can potentially cause more damage than usual because the subsoil isn't as saturated as in most winters, with heavy snowfalls that lay and keep the moisture in the ground. Also, many communities are concerned about water supplies that aren't being replenished with melting snow.

Tariffs

President Bush did act this past week and initiated tariffs on 10 different steel products from 8 to 30 percent. Many state officials are applauding the action even though they were asking for more. On another point of great concern to retired steelworkers, the President didn't act. US Steel has offered to buy Bethlehem Steel if the government would assume the cost of health and life insurance commitments owed to thousands of retired steelworkers. Bethlehem Steel is currently under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. If the increased tariffs don't give new life to Bethlehem and other steel companies, they may default on agreements with retired steelworkers. This would be a severe blow to our local economy and more hurtfully to many local senior citizens who are at the point where they need their health insurance most. Several federal legislators are looking to introduce bills to have Congress intervene and prevent any gaps in health and life insurance commitments to retired steelworkers.

Addendum

As an addendum to this story, Johnstown America Corporation (JAC) announced this week that as of May 1, they will no longer honor health insurance commitments to recent retirees. JAC purchased the former Bethlehem Car Works with the agreement that Bethlehem would reimburse them for health insurance costs to retired employees. Bethlehem is now reneging on that agreement and Johnstown America Corporation claims it can't absorb the expense.


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White House language (fourth of four)

The White House not only has a new team, but a whole new language. President George W. Bush has brought with him many friends from Texas, and for anyone not born in the Lone Star State, the Texan accent and the cowboy colloquialisms can seem a bit strange.

Here is a guide to a few of the more colorful expressions they might encounter:

13. Time to paint your butt white and run with the antelope.
Stop arguing and do as you're told

14. As full of wind as a corn-eating horse.
Rather prone to boasting.

15. You can put your boots in the oven, but that doesn't make them biscuits.
You can say whatever you want about something, but that doesn't change what it is.

16. She's so ugly she would make a train take a dirt road.
(Self explanatory)
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—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

Bethany, the site of the resurrection of Lazarus, was destroyed when the Romans attacked Jerusalem in A.D. 70. It was later rebuilt and was renamed by the Arabs who lived there. The Israelis today call it Bethanya, but the Arabs call it el-Azariyeh, "the place of Lazarus." Why would they change the name of the town unless something spectacular happened there?

Anthony M. Coniaris
Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth

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