Mark’s Musings – March 4, 2015

| March 3, 2015
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

This is now beyond ridiculous. As you can see by the front page photo we decided to have a little bit of fun with March certainly coming in like a lion. And that’s more of a cub – I was fresh out of lions in the pasture. Now that we have endured what they are saying is the coldest February on record – there is a high probability that we will have a hotter than normal summer. Temperature extremes seem to be the “norm”. Does that even make sense? I mean grammatically – not weather wise. Let me know if you have an opinion.

I guess colleges are trying to recruit LeBron James’ 10 year old son? He must be something else at that ripe old age. I imagine that he is a great player but let’s be realistic here. The positive in all this is that the young man is on a college path with the conversation abuzz about potential recruiting.

The ISIL / ISIS problem continues with the kidnapping of over 200 Assyrian Christians. The BBC reports that some of these hostages were released this past weekend. The BBC seems to have accurate and frequent reports on the terrorist organization.

Leonard Nimoy will be missed. As a fan of the original Star Trek series, I find myself referencing some of the more popular episodes from time to time. I must admit that I am partial to the yellowish gold version of the crew uniforms. There is a lot of content posted online about William Shatner not attending the funeral because of a prior commitment to a charity fundraiser. Shatner fired back in several tweets.

Do you agree with the President not meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to our nation? Netanyahu has been the Prime Minister since 2009. This is called the Twentieth Knesset – and there are 120 seats represented in the Israeli Knesset with 14 different parties having those seats. The election is set for March 17. No one party has overall power so my research indicated that the parties form coalitions among themselves. Six of the 14 parties have more than ten seats.

The Buckeyes rattled off a win against Purdue – when I clicked to something else the Boilermakers had pulled out ahead by more than 10. I should have hung around.

Our township, city, county and state road crews deserve a hearty dose of praise for their unending efforts to keep our alleys, roads and streets clear of snow and ice. This is a tough, thankless job that goes on regardless of the bitter cold days and nights. That’s to take nothing away from the postal carriers, first responders, utility crews and others that have endured another bad winter in our area to help this community deal with the onslaught of winter. I, like you, thought when we headed into January that it could be a mild one. Wrong.

Good luck to all area teams on the tournament trail!

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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