Jackson Town News
By Beverly Ludden
I just finished watching an hour of Katie Couric's show about the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn, so I've got to do something, so here I go: those poor people. It's interesting how people are handling it differently. On the show there were parents, spouses and others connected with those who were killed. Gosh, it was awful to watch. I can't imagine how they felt, and to come on TV and talk about it.
They just said on TV that Maine has made a monument to go to Connecticut with the names of all those killed in Newtown and "Maine is thinking of you" or something similar. I missed some of what they said.
Whatever it means, I don't know. I just think it's unreal that so many people will be hurt just because you're a Democrat or a Republican. It will hurt Headstart, and kids need it. they get breakfast and lunch. It will also hurt the Naitonal Guard, which I feel we need here, with no one to spot planes at Bangor International Airport at night. It seems like with Maine sticking right out alone, we need someone to watch for planes. A lot of parks have been closed, and we need the money they bring in. Some people will have to take a day off a week soon, and so on. Why not cut some of those in Washington? We don't need all of them -- all they do is fight.
What a weekend for basketball! It was something to see all the gold balls, with one team so excited, and the other so disappointed. There were games at Lewiston, Augusta and Bangor, with Saturday night being the last game there.
Make a Wish
Did you see the story about the little girl from Florida whose wish was to come to Maine, play in the snow and make a snowman? She and her family were flown here by Make a Wish. They had a ball, mostly thanks to Mount Hermon. She had a dogsled ride, went tubing and skiing.
There has been a lot on TV about Pope Benedict XVI. I don't really understand. It was interesting seeing the helicopter going all over Rome and Italy. Of course, the U.S. or someone had a helicopter behind it. They saw some beautiful land.
Let's not complain about our snow. We could have sinkholes like Florida, earthquakes like California, fire like out West or floods like in Louisiana. Let's just enjoy our snow.
I never watch "Dr. Oz" on TV, but I happened to hit the channel that shows him, and Michelle Obama was on (I like her anyway). It was very interesting to hear about the way our kids eat, about school lunches and how much food is wasted at school (I've seen it). Mrs. Obama said her girls complain, like others. They would like to have macaroni and cheese and hot dogs every day. I think kids need things they like once a week, anyway. They said kids get used to healthy things. I don't know.
Did you see John Ford on "Bill Green's Maine"? (I like that show.) A nice job, John. Some stories are in his book. It's nice reading, if you don't have a copy. We'll have another snowstorm, so get a book, chips, dip, soda (or whatever), a Stouffer's dinner for the microwave, maybe bananas or apples -- you'll be all set. Let it snow!
We'll celebrate Mark Weaver's birthday march 12. He's at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 3 Community Dr., Room 114, Camden, ME 04843. Send him a card or give him a call, even if it's a little late. Happy birthday, Mark.
Tuesday morning there was more snow. The trees are covered so they are pretty. I heard the plows going all night. The road looks bare. Is it every going to stop so we can see the sun? Kevin Mannix is still saying more snow, clearing Friday for a good weekend. I hope you enjoyed it.
Sympathy to Beverly Hartley on the death of her mother.
My sister Shirley told me "Dancing with the Stars" starts March 18. If you're one who follows it, don't forget.