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With a Tomahawk Update: Watching the little guys win was fun

Posted Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 9:33 PM

Watching the final game of the NCAA March Madness was not quite as fun as I had hoped, but I'm not going to complain about not getting that last chance to jump up and down.

After being so disappointed many times this year when I watched the IU games, following Butler and VCU to the Final Four was refreshing. I love it when the underdog wins, or when the little guy topples the big bad giant and both Butler and VCU were a thrill a minute.

It was a great run.

What to do with a stack of papers?

There's lots of lists of things one can do with a stack of newspapers -- they're good for lots of things besides news, but here's a new one for me ... did you read where they were trying to plug the leak of radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan with shredded newspaper?

Well, shredded newspaper in a mixture with sawdust, concrete and some type of liquid glass. Now they say the leak has been stopped. For some reason I don't have much confidence in their claim. Feels like that story is far from over.

What are our

priorities?

In the meantime, there's more news about war, or the more politically correct term I guess is "conflict."

Here's some interesting figures ... A Patriot missile costs around a million and it costs around $10,000 to keep an F-15 fighter jet in the air for one hour. The Air Force has been spending about $4 million a day keeping 50 fighter jets going in the "Libya Conflict" plus other support aircraft and the munitions etc.

As of late Tuesday, the Air Force had spent $75 million on this Libya thing. Other figures being reported put this in perspective -- the Air Force spent $50 million in Japan after the earthquake and $40 million of that was to evacuate U.S. personnel.

Let's see, what are our priorities again? The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. had spent $550 million on the Libya Conflict as of March 28. Who knows how much it's up to now. And Congress can't agree on how to cut the budget.

Despite my disagreement with how the government spends the country's money sometimes, the news is a constant reminder of my good fortune to be living in southern Indiana instead of Japan or Libya or the Ivory Coast or a great number of other places.

Not long before I wrote these words to fill the column space on Thursday, I checked the national news online, then proofread a story that explained how one of our town councils was trying to solve the problem of parking around the courthouse square. Sure it's important on the local scene, but it all seemed a bit trivial considering the tragedies going on in other places.

It's not easy

letting go

On the courthouse news beat, I'm slowly letting go of my attachment to the way it used to be and accepting the fact that checking the records is just going to be different from now on and that's that. And I can see that once the transition is completed, adjustments have been made and everything is running smoothly -- it will be better.

Things seem to still be on track for a big debut sometime in May when the records will go live online and the public will be able to access the info over the internet.


Update and Correction: I stand corrected..... those are not Patriots that were being fired into Libya, they are Tomahawks! And I knew that but wrote Patriots. At 2 a.m., a U.S. Army Sgt from a Pacific timezone emailed to let me know I had the wrong missile. The Sgt is a Patriot Missile Fire Control Operator. Thanks for the catch! And thanks for your service too.

Anna is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling the office at 847-4487 or by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us .


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