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Growth in Jobs, First Year of Presidency

As I mentioned earlier, Jimmy Carter in 1977 created the greatest number of jobs during his first year of the presidency of any president -- a 4.9% increase in jobs in America during December 1977 compared December 1976. A lot of that had to do with the end of the first oil crisis, but still he presided over a strengthening national economy during that year. Trump's job growth is more in the middle, compared to some other presidents.

I am quite interested to hear what President Trump has to say this evening. Most presidents rarely get much of their State of the Union policy proposals through, and we can guess what Trump will be calling for, it should be interesting to hear what he was to say.📣 I like how Trump has made it a priority to downsize government, although admittedly much of his talk on scaling back government has been more rhetoric then policy.🌎 I want to see a society where there are fewer, simpler laws and less government inference in every day life.

One thing I hope he talks about is climate change and the need to invest in renewable energy. Granted, this hasn’t been a priority in his first year, but I am still hopeful he can change his mind. ⚡Renewable energy has the ability to spur new industries, to help out areas previously left behind by economic growth. Coal may have been Applachia’s base industry, but now renewables like wind, tourism, and new forms of value added agriculture are it’s future.🏔 The old America was about making basic materials, the new America is about making experiences.

I hope the president also puts a priority on immigration and embracing diverse groups of new Americans.👬 We should value hard-work, we should be encouraging people to move to our country who have the dedication and wiliness to fill positions that Americans don’t want. We need to fix situation that DREAMERS are in, and open our borders to people who share our values.

Criminal justice is another issue he should address. I hope the president calls for an expanded death penalty, that is fast and effective. We are overcrowding our prisons🔫 and releasing too many ex-felons to the street, rather using a fast, humane way of executing criminals after being found guilty of felony.💉 We need to get people off the street that are panhandling and harassing people as they pass on by doing their business.👺 Rather then focusing on gun control, we need to focus on killing off criminal class that are destroying our society.

The president should also address healthcare. 🏥The short-comings of the Affordable Care Act are widely covered in the media, but he should address how we will provide affordable healthcare to all Americans. Maybe he will put forward a Single Payere the government will help subsidize healthcare to make sure it is affordable for all Americans.

Making college more affordable should also be a priority the president, and not just throwing more money at the problem.🍎 We should find ways to help colleges economize, slim down costs, make tuition more in line with the amount of aid that is currently available. New York’s Tuition-Free is a good idea previously adopted by Rhode Island and Tennessee, but it doesn’t do enough to constrain costs. 📚

There is much that the president can say in his address for our country. I look forward to seeing what he has to say.

Good evening! Cloudy with some snow flurries around ❄ and 26 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a north-northwest breeze at 10 mph. The skies will clear around 11 pm.

With that breeze, it was a bit chilly waiting out for the bus. Running a few minutes late because of the traffic on South Swan but 787 was a breeze with only light traffic. I swear they must have adjusted the traffic light timing as many nights lately it runs quite well. 

Tonight will be scattered snow showers, mainly before 9pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low of 13 degrees at 6am.🌕 Three degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around 2 at 6am; Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2017, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 11 degrees. The record low of -26 occurred back in 1948.

Tonight will have a Blue Moon with 100% illuminated. The sun will rise at 7:10 am with the first light at 6:40 am, which is one minute and one second earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 2 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 21 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of snow after 4pm❄. Increasing clouds, with a high of 30 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees below normal.⛅  Northwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the afternoon. The high last year was 26 degrees. The record high of 58 was set in 1913. 6.9 inches of snow fell back in 2000.

Tonight I’m looking at patching the code to ensure all the lights are off on my VMS / clock when bedtime comes. Its a relatively small fix. I’ve also been learning about the EEPROM and will start storing the color temperature and brightness in the permanent memory, so that the strip remains at the dam brightness and color upon power reset or a momentary failure of the power supply. This way if the lights flicker I won’t be plugged into darkness or totally bright light unexpectedly. 

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 26.⛅ Sunday, a chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 34. ❄💧Chance of precipitation is 40%. Typical average high for the weekend is 32 degrees. Not exceptionally nice for the first weekend of February. 

With the lack of snow and relatively cool temperatures I think I will stay in town this weekend. It’s gets tough with there being a lot of snow up north and still a fair bit of ice in Schoharie for truck cap camping and tent camping isn’t practical when there isn’t snow to drag back in the heater, tent and gear. Two months from now, winter definitely will be on a downswing. I miss traveling, I miss camping and having a fire. 

In four weeks on February 27 the sun will be setting at 5:43 pm, which is 36 minutes and 10 seconds later then tonight. 🌅In 2017 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 55 and 26 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 38 and 20 degrees. The record high of 61 degrees was set back in 1997.

Looking ahead, Lame Duck Day is in 1 week, First Day of Spring is in 7 weeks,🐣 Good Friday is in 1 months,🐰 Election Day 2018 is in 40 weeks and Election Day 2020 ✔is in 144 weeks.

Only 114 days remain until the start of Memorial Day Weekend!

Map: Downerville State Forest (Trails)

Map: Downerville State Forest (Trails)

The Downersville or Donnersville State Forest is located in the Town of Russell on the banks of the Grass River, just outside of the Adirondack Park's Grass River Wild Forest.

It is 1,638 acres, has one roadside campsite along a swampy pond, and several miles of trails to explore the gorge and Grass River. The trails south of Grass River can be difficult to access depending on the water levels (see DEC website for details).

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/97736.html