Thanks for supporting our troops and vets
It's very hard to thank each one of you personally. We don't remember what all you did. Maybe you stood on a street corner with a bucket in your hand to collect a few dollars. Maybe you honked your horn and waved. Maybe you brought items to fill in boxes or gave a name of someone who is being deployed or just spent the day packing the boxes. Whatever your part, we want to say a big thanks. Please remember our troops and continue to support the care packages of American Legion Post 73, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 73, VFW Post 6418, VFW Auxiliary 6418, Riders Unit 73 and Am. Vets Unit 20. There are several organizations around who also helped so we will say a big thank you to them also.
There aren't enough words out there to express how grateful we are for the help you gave, so God bless each and every one of you. Continue to remember our troops and other military in your prayers.
Our groups are looking for new members -- wives, daughters, granddaughters. We have family-oriented groups.
Shale gas is more wishful thinking
Why do people buy forecasts by the burgeoning shale gas industry? So many thousand jobs by such a date, for example. This is just solicitation for more investment and less regulation. There is everything to be gained and nothing to be lost by putting out such figures -- if they are not reached they will have been long since forgotten.
In this industry the big money is being made in attracting investment and financing and in leasing. Success depends on the perception of future. Production is a poor cousin because the game is believed to be so good by investors and governments regulating it so many have entered the business.
Reliable estimates of coal reserves can be done by core drilling, but the contents of shale is highly variable from place to place. The industry is now in the process of finding and extracting "hot spots." Future reserves will inevitably be lower quality. Production of individual wells falls off rapidly, half or more of the total production being received in the first two years, so new wells must constantly be drilled to maintain production.
All concerned would do well to consider conservation and to make conservative long-range plans. Wishful thinking has no place.
S. Thomas Bond
The nuisance of changing one's name
My husband has been married four times and never had to change his name. I have been married six times. That makes us a Perfect 10! Back in my day, women took the name of the men they married. In today's society many women retain their maiden names.
The DMV requires me to submit documents for each name change. My marriages go back to 1961-62 and the last was in 1995, when I married my current husband, Eddie Ray Carden. There is something wrong with the system that treats women differently just to get her driver's license renewed. I have long discarded my divorce papers required to renew my driver's license in April 2013.
I called the DMV about this situation and was told all I needed was a current Social Security card and a passport. I have both, but a lot of women do not have a passport. What do they do?
Sharon J. Carden