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This is Another One--another female promoted to a level for which she is poorly prepared, poorly experienced, or just not capable of managing! Sorry about that ladies--but we have something akin to an epidemic of screw ups that is contributing to this country's rapid decline. Some of the women whom we have put into leadership roles are not qualified, and we need to be able to limit their impact just as we would with any other non-competent!
Having a lot of snow still around in April is good. The next step, is how fast it melts. If spring and summer get hot fast, the reservoirs can't hold it, and it flows back to the sea from where it came. And then won't be available to water thirsty crops in July.
Twenty five years ago in MT there would be deep (6-12ft) of snow pack in the high mountains for much of the year. Melting down to about 3-6ft. Snow arrived in October and I have seen snow on the 4th of July in Yellowstone. However, the critical piece is the rate of melt. For the years from 1990-2007 many ranchers gave up because the drought did truly become so bad. At one time in the week before Christmas (late 1990's) I looked up at the peaks and there was NO SNOW--none--zero. So to say that there was no drought makes conservatives look really bad. There was a terrible 12 year drought here in the northwest. BUT, and this is a big dark mark on the republican side of the page:when the liberals took this fact of drought and turned it into phony research "discoveries"; when the democrats used this drought fact to push an agenda on how it was cows farting, or big business belching, whatever the hell there excuse was at the time--it was THE REPUBLICANS, who were unable to expose the bad rhetoric in a timely and concise factual way. The republican response was "there is no drought", when the response should have been "yes, there is a drought, but we do not know the cause". It took so damn long for you people to get that one right that you are in part a major cause of the decline of many ranches. Think of the good you could have done if you had acknowledged fact. Yes, there really was a drought--and the story was mismanaged intentionally on both sides!
Thanks for the Lost Boys link. Since Texas Monthly is a communist rag, and I don't want a dime of my money supporting it, I would would never have found the story.
I grew up in a small town about an hour from Houston. When I started school in the early 70s my mom was absolutely horrified of letting me out of her sight because of this story. She didn't smother me, but she definitely had a direct reaction to it that affected my life.
Even after all these years, I still have trouble wrapping my brain around this kind of evil.