Sunday, April 20, 2008

The end of the recall

We tried, but it was an uphill battle. The petition drive in Seward County to recall the county sheriff and county attorney ended this past week. Read the Lincoln Journal Star story here.

When my son-in-law started this effort it sounded like it might be pretty easy to get the approximately 1700 signatures needed. About 50 people volunteered to take petitions around to their friends and neighbors and we didn't hear many negative comments. But, when it came down to getting people to sign on the dotted line it was another story. Some people were afraid to sign their names because they thought there might be some negative consequences such as harassment from the county deputies or county attorney's office. I think if you are afraid of your county officials there is a pretty big problem and you should sign a petition to place a recall initiative on the ballot. Other people thought it was too early--let the process work. I think there is no new evidence and the case will not be overturned. And, let's face it, I think most people were apathetic and did not want to get involved.

It turns out that it doesn't matter what I think.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Time for a blog entry

Yes, we did come home from our spring break vacation--two weeks ago, as a matter of fact. It was so nice to be in a warm climate with no real agenda or schedule. It was more than nice, it was fantastic. Dave may not agree since he was sick over half the time we were gone. I waited until we got home to get sick, much better to do it that way I think.

We stayed at the Four Queens in downtown Las Vegas and experienced the "Fremont Street Experience" the first night of our trip. The next day we drove our rental car to Phoenix, sightseeing along the way: Hoover Dam, Jerome, Payson and on to Mesa. It took longer than driving I-40 to I-17, but it was a nice drive.

We spent four days with Mark, his friend Alan, and the 3 dogs. One of the days was Easter Sunday and we worshiped at Christ Church Lutheran, where Mark is a member. Mark is not a contemporary worship kind of guy, but he accompanied his aged hippy parents to the Praise Service. They have a great praise band and choir at that church--the place was rockin'. Mark prefers a Bach Prelude to Shine, Jesus, Shine, but we all got along OK.

Dave and I visited the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix--been there before, but it is a great place to see again. Lots of cacti were blooming and it was a beautiful day.

The time went by quickly as it does on a vacation and soon we were on our way back to Las Vegas. We drove I-10 to Parker and then north through Quartzite. What a strange place! Then on through Lake Havasu City--I would like to go back and spend some time there. When we got back to Las Vegas we stayed at the Silverton for two nights, and did some sightseeing on the Las Vegas strip.