Walking the Fence Line
Bonnie Bird

Hanging Tough

Posted Saturday, August 25, 2012, at 8:07 PM
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    Speaking of hanging tough, that old Stinker sign has been hanging tough for nearly as long as I've been around. If it's the one I'm thinking it is, the back side says "Petrified Watermelons. Take one home to your mother-in-law."

    -- Posted by wh67 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 10:17 PM
  • Yep. Not all that far from where I grew up.

    -- Posted by KH Gal on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 11:41 PM
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    Thanks for the memory, Bonnie. Those old Stinker signs were scattered along US 30 all across southern Idaho back in the 50's and 60's. They were, by most accounts, a "knock-off" from the old BurmaShave ad campaigns.

    There were a few others that come to mind, besides the one in your picture.

    One, near Hammett I think, said "Sheepherders headed for town have right of way." Another, just outside Glenns Ferry, urged motorists to "Report smoke signals to Western Union." One between Mountain Home and Hammett stated "Sagebrush is free, stuff some in your trunk."

    But my personal favorite was one in the stark desolation between the Utah line and Burley that claimed "If you lived here, you'd be home now."

    -- Posted by wh67 on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 10:59 AM
  • There was a sign about a mile from our house on Hwy 30 that said: "Idaho is Full of Lonely Women". I don't remember the rest.

    Yes, we need a new vetting system that does not involve party affiliations. However, the old boys network is reluctant to give up their grip on the corner of the bedsheet.

    -- Posted by KH Gal on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 1:16 PM
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    Vetting is nearly impossible when the candidate seals nearly everything from birth until emerging into the political limelight.

    As for required military service, the founding fathers made no such recommendation in their documents that I am aware of. I think I can live with that.

    -- Posted by wh67 on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 1:38 PM
  • I am not sure if making politicians endure the same daily lives as the rest of us would change anything. They would treat it much the same as if they were being sentenced to community service. It would be a short term annoyance on the way to their bigger, grander life.

    I think that one of the better ways to keep them in line would be to fire them immediately if they went into the red. They would lose their salary, their benefits, their parking space, everything.

    -- Posted by twilcox1978 on Mon, Aug 27, 2012, at 6:54 PM
  • I like your solution too. Twilcox1978. Regardless, we have to shake something up to let them know that the natives are restless and we expect more than what we are getting.

    -- Posted by KH Gal on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 7:23 AM
  • My suggestion would apply for counties, states, and the feds. Yes, we need to fire all that are currently in office at the federal level.

    Now it would be a bit unfair to expect the next crop to wipe out the entire deficit. So we would have to evaluate it annually. For every year they were in office, there would be an audit (of sorts). If for that given year, they spent more than took in then they would have to find other ventures to pursue. I think that we would get fewer lawyers and salesmen running for office.

    -- Posted by twilcox1978 on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 1:03 PM
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