Windows on the World of Raymond Plank
Founder, Apache Corp

Vol. 2014 No. 6

Winter Wonderland Wyoming & Political Opportunity 

Winter Wonderland Wyoming

That which renders Wyoming beautiful is in full bloom.  Large, moist snowflakes are falling, filled with moisture with the temperature 34o F.  The spruce trees in the yard, towering forty to sixty feet above the ground, are beginning to bend, adding to winter majesty.

 The breeze thus far is light, and may afford photo ops in a couple more hours.  The aspen in the yard, caged within three posts, are protected from the deer, one of whom, a large twelve point White Tail “six by six” who stared at me Sunday from fifty feet, taking his eyes from the does, now in “the rut” have taken to the protection of the giant spruce.  None of the over a hundred turkeys are in sight.  Not to worry, big birds.  We bought you nine hundred pounds of corn last week and are ready.  In my wood stove with glass front, a small fire heats with the damper largely closed to enable the wood to last longer.  Two heavy tea kettles perched on the stove to provide humidity, would steam and whistle were we to open their dampers.

 The ice on Piney Creek shows sections of open water speeding along.  When the snow ceases, usually the temperature drops and the creek freezes over.

 This snow is important; a drought in the fall followed a moist summer; the ground remains unfrozen and the moisture sinks in.  I’m seated at my desk, clad in heavy socks, sweat pants and heavy wool shirt; we keep the thermostat set at 65o to save propane whose energy cycle is hundreds of thousands of years, while that of sustainable wood serves the world over to enable nearly half the world’s population to cook with.

 Within two miles, as the eagles and vultures fly, are the Finger Lakes, where large Brown and Rainbow Trout abound, and receive their necessary oxygen from solar driven pumps which provide holes in the ice and stir the water enabling the fish to live.  As I write this, Marty snow plows the driveway, making room for more snow, while the driveway will host corn for the turkeys and a few wild pheasants.  

Political Opportunity

While the majority of the conservatives and independents seek contributions to press beyond the November election advantages seek to capitalize on the negative “low road,” I resent that approach, believing the “high road” approach needs to grow legs powered by activism, which includes a superior opportunity at hand. 

There is a wide field in the subject matter previously discussed in Windows.  That field includes term limits, selection of leadership based not on seniority but on recognition of strong candidates known to the office holders with wisdom versus age.  Also included on the “high road” menu are “earmarks” – catchall legislation comprising food for the sharks, T.V. advertisers and competition based on “low road” negativism.

Supposing a reader of Windows selecting a better government issue, she or he thought important and decided to recruit a group of half a dozen like-minded persons, and together they carried their written thought to all their state Congressmen, their Governor, and Senators, whether “leftists” or conservatives.

Second, if their like-minded constituents added a few recruits, the constructive “high road” activists could also enlist media to provide leverage.

They could share their correspondence with each other and add issues to the menu. 

At ninety-two and a half, I continue to have a number of items on a personal agenda.  Next Windows, I’ll focus on a couple.

Meanwhile, Bless you one and all!  

Raymond Plank