Weather Forecast


Column: Times are changing

I am not sure what is happening this year. One day we are talking about oil spills, then traveling to a summit, the illegal immigration, health care issues, the election, unemployment, more stimulus packages and wars. We do a lot of talking, nothing gets resolved because the next day it's the same old news.

We hear it's Black Friday and unemployed people are encouraged to spend and get the economy rolling. Last week Americans were encouraged to make our lists, work out budgets and not spend more than we can either pay with cash or, if charged, pay back in two or three months.

This year people have elected to have small parties with family and friends. Companies are changing their policies and holding Christmas parties after the holidays. Many companies have offered early buyouts to employees. One company anticipated 300 people retiring but at last count, papers were turned in for 879 and still coming. In view of the large number, company bonuses will be held up until retirees are paid off.

Yes, it's a different world we live in. We can raise and send millions of dollars in donations to foreign countries but when it comes to our flood or oil spill victims, they are put on the back burner.

Last week I read if we could just bring back and retrieve common sense, our legal bills and court costs could almost be eliminated.

Every day there is something new but if you wait a day it will change again.

Nut ball cookies

1 c. soft butter

2 tbsp. honey

1 tsp. orange juice

2 1/4 c. flour

1 c. chopped nuts

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

Beat butter and honey. Add orange juice and mix well. Whisk together flour, nuts, powdered sugar and salt. Combine and mix. Roll into 1-inch balls and in powdered sugar. Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool.