Lifer, the rural delivery people bid for their job every so often, kind of a contractor/employee hybred. The city carriers are employees. It was the rural deliver the Post Office really wanted to get away from. Most of the Post Office's current problems stem from Congressional actions taken a couple of decades ago. Thank Congress for part of this, though I'd say the postal union had a pretty cushy contract situation for a long time. That ended years ago, though. Sit down and talk with a longtime postal employee sometime.
Best way to clean up old style photos (and unstick them from one another) is throw them in some tepid water. They were soaked in water during the original developing process and unless they were handcolored later, water won't hurt them. Hang them up in a shaded location and once they are nearly dry you can actually lay them face down on a metal plate (a shiny cookie sheet works) and iron the paper side with a regular clothes iron. That gives a glossy surface. You can also lay them face down on a white, cotten discloth (not a terry one) and iron them, which gives a matt surface. We did that with some photos my parents had in the basement that were damaged by humidity. They did not come out perfect but it sure beat throwing them away.
Are you sure they are lead and not cast iron or galvanized steel? Lots of people refer to any grey pipe as lead.
yeah, a $165,000,000 hole the Kansas governor wants to fill by raising property taxes on residential property and eliminating the mortgage deduction on state income taxes. Take from the middle class and give to the corporations is Brownback's MO.
Heck, we have a neighbor that patrols around his house at night, with a gun, with a flashlight and with a big dog. That may be why we have not had any burglaries in our immediate area. Glad he's out there, and he would never hurt any dog.
This is not new. In the 1970s many schools had propane buses, easily converted from gasoline engine buses. They got rid of them when propane supplies became concentrated with a few companies and prices more than doubled. The old is new again.
If someone had flood insurance, it is the insurance company that is to pay for the damages, not FEMA. When Camden County had a killer tornado a couple of years ago, some insurance companies drug their feet for months before they paid claims. Others paid claims within weeks. FEMA does not just hand out OUR money willy nilly. The agency usually requires homes and buildings be repaired, raised or even relocated in order to avoid being damaged by flooding again. Remember Cedar City and there was a town downstream that was moved about a mile up hill, can't remember its name. I think once someone gets FEMA money on a property, they should have to have flood insurance and property insurance from then on and they should never again expect the taxpayers to bail them out on that particular piece of property.
The increase in the price of coal apparently had something to do with this, not just coming regulations. BUT, it looks like smaller plants like Chamois could be grandfathered without hurting the environment too much.
Lots of people, probably many of them widows who know nothing about guns, have essentially given away guns that have collector's value of hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. I find that sad for them, because they could use the money, and I hate to see fine old guns destroyed because many of them are works of art, at least as far as I'm concerned.
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