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One Nation, Indivisible ?

When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics broke up in 1991 we cheered. Reagan had won the cold war. Now Vladimir Putin is trying to get the band back together again, and has his armies stuggling in eastern Ukraine. We are fearful and are doing whatever we can to prevent this from happening. Didn't Ukraine have the right (by manifest destiny?) to withdraw from the USSR?.

Zoom across the sea to Texas. The state legislature is making noise about trying (once again) to leave the Union (No, of course not the Soviet Union, but the good ol' US of A union of states). They tried earlier, in 1861. We celebrate Juneteenth because Texas wasn't able to convince the majority of states that this was their right. But this freedom of the former Republic of Texas to secede was only prevented by military action... Not by the rule of law.

if Ukraine had the absolute right secede from the USSR, why doesn't Texas (a former independent republic like Ukraine) have the same right to leave a liberal democracy like the United States. The matter was not adjuticated in the United States Supreme Court. The US Constitution is mum on the issue except that tenth amendment says The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States. That sounds to me as if the US Government can't prevent states for seceding. We don't know for sure because the Supreme Court (yes. the same one that just ruled that states can't regulate guns) hasn't even decided the issue of succession.

So what happens if the State of Texas decides to leave the United States and return to its previous status as an independent republic? One of the main reasons that the Confederate States of America were not successful in establishing their independence was that no other major nation recoognized their sovereignty. How long do you think it will take Putin to recongnize an independent Texas? If you guessed 12 seconds, I suspect that you would be close.

What about the US Government, would it act like the Buchanan administration or the Lincoln. Lincoln was willing to see the deaths of over 600,000 Americans to preserve the Union. Would Biden, so soon after there were a million American deaths during the Pandemic? Short of war there could only be a negotiated peace. Would Texas have to absorb it's share (either by state share or population share) of the existing national debt? (I suspect yes). Would the federal government give up it's ownership of undeveloped lands? How about Military bases. How about Military hardware. How about the Lockheed-Martin F35 manufacturing facility in Ft. Worth or Pantex facility which builds nuclear weapons in Amarillo. Would there be free trade... etc etc etc. A long list to negotiate.

If there were Russian interference in this process, would the US Air Force bomb Texas during negotiations? A lot to contemplate. This could be our own Ukraine. Does Texas have the same right to seceed as did Ukraine? Which side of history will we end up on. Will the United States of America continue as one nation, indivisble.

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Happy 2022. Let's hope that 2022 returns us to some kind of the normalcy that we last experienced in 2019.

After last year's medical issues, I feel really good now. I've lost 60 pounds and I can walk 2-3 miles again every day without any shortness of breath. And I have (as has Bonnie) received the two original doses of the Moderna vaccine,a booster in late October, and a second booster in April. We both feel pretty good about going out in public and essentially returning to normal.

One of our big plans this year is to finish supervision of a major sewer project that is taking place in our neighborhood. Currently our sewer line runs under Oyster Bay to a collection and pumping station about a half mile from here. As you might imagine a aging city main sewer line below the salt-water bay could easily become an environmental nightmare. About 50 homes in our area attach to this line and all are being changed to below street sewer lines. It will cost the city about $6 million dollars for this project which if you do the math is about $100 000 per home. We aren't being charged for the project except for a small increase in our water and sewer utility bills. The project started in July 2021 and is and will continue to be a mess.

Early in December contractors dug up our yard and installed a small sewer line that will feed the new system. The city will be installing a new 200 amp electrical service panel in our basement, a grinder pump with a small holding tank underground in our back yard (under where our picnic table is). The new sewer line will run up the hill to a multi-home collection and pumping station which will be installed below the street (by our mailbox). All of the homes on our street will utilize this collection and pumping station. Some of the homes are above the level of the station and will not require pumps. This pumping station will pump sewage up to the city main sewer line underneath Kitsap Way which is a linear run of about 400 feet and an elevation change of about 60 feet. If you haven't been on our street it is a very steep slope down from Kitsap Way to our house. Did I mention that this is going to be a mess?

Other than that there is not much going on with us. Bonnie is working on her book art projects and attending Zoom workshops several times a month. Howard is busy with Rotary (back via Zoom )and has been participating quite successfully in art fairs and events on Bainbridge Island

Lauren and her family are doing well in Port Orchard. She is able to work remotely and feels that the pandemic has made her work and life better. Ben is in the seventh grade at Cedar Heights Middle School after attending the on-line Connections Academy during the Pandemic. Ethan is three and attending pre-school twice a week. Bonnie takes care of him on Wednesdays to give Corey a break.

Kevin still lives in Medford and recently married Selina. Theo is fourteen, Megan is ten and they live with their Mom in Eugene. Anna is out on her own in Corvallis and is working at McDonald's and hoping to get back to school at the community college.



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