Booth and Beyond

Posted 3/2/22

FROM THE CORNER March has arrived! Can you feel spring coming on? I can re member my dad going out to the garden in the spring and digging up parsnips. And once, even digging carrots that had been …

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March has arrived! Can you feel spring coming on? I can re member my dad going out to the garden in the spring and digging up parsnips. And once, even digging carrots that had been covered with a heavy layer of leaves. Some of the carrot tops had to be cut off as they were soft – still apparently not enough coverage with our cold winters. +++ March is named after the Roman God of War, Mars. This was the time of the year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter. (Sounds like Pu- tin as I am writing this.)

*** I just noticed another service that has disappeared. I went to the Stanley CenturyLink telephone book to look up a Zip Code and discovered that our most recent telephone book no longer has the zip codes for all Wisconsin post offices listed. Previous books had three pages of zip code listings and even if the print was small it was readable. Another service gone, likely in the name of savings. *** I have had it reported to me that there is a movement by a group that is looking to organize an effort to have a say related to the future of the Stanley depot property. They have been making their thoughts known on a computer website, “You know you are old school Stanley-Boyd if you remember.” They invite interested supporters to join in and more importantly, they are looking for local Stanley leadership. *** Per an analysis of a SmartAssets study on paycheck friendliness in counties across the country, Clark county residents were among those in Wisconsin who experienced the greatest amount of income growth throughout a five year period. Clark County was number 5 within the top 10, with a 4.4% income growth.

The other top 10 are Burnett, Kewaunee, Oneida, Bayfield, Eau Claire, Door, Rusk, Marinette and Jefferson. *** An interesting read these days are the salary adjustments being made for county workers. Just about every county in our area has had a study done by an independent firm, who then recom mend the adjustments that are needed to keep one county from being out of balance with other county peers. Of course this then takes elected officials off the hook for potential criticism for giving out large increases in wages. Here is what a Pierce Coun- ty study recently revealed on two high profile county positions. In 2022, salaries of Clerks of Court in nearby counties were: Dunn – $71,638; Pepin – $60,011; St. Croix – $70,236; Chippewa – $79,376; and Eau Claire – $83,555. And sheriff salaries were also compared: The Dunn County Sheriff was at – $99,472; Pepin County – $78,635; Polk – $99,165; Chippewa – $103,362; and Eau Claire – $111,606. *** Did you know? The making of beer can be traced back 5,000 years to ancient Egypt. There are three main ingredients in all beer – barley malt, water and hops. There are two kinds of beer made today – lager and ale. Lager has a crisp taste, like in Miller and Budweiser. While ale has more flavor. +++ One result of the coronavirus was people explored the outdoors more. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported 18,473,302 state park visitors in 2021, which was 21% more than in 2019. Sales of state park passes soared to 714,942 in 2020. They remained elevated in 2021 at 438,698 nearly 43% more than the pre-pandemic total from 2019. Camping reservations also increased substantially in Wisconsin with the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest as the most frequented destination.

*** What are your social media needs? Here is an assessment of the various forms of social media based on your emotional needs! You join Facebook to get misinformed and angry. Ins tagram is about envy. TikTok is about showing off and Twitter is for snark and self-promotion. Really…… Not being a social media Geek I know little about these but with my background it was an interesting read.

*** With the relocation of Eau Claire's Country Jam, to a new site near the Highway 29 and County T exit, it will be interesting to see what kind of use the site will get with its planned special events center, which is expected to host corporate meetings, weddings and other large gatherings. Their new venue will be competing with locations such as the downtown Eau Claire Lis – more Hotel, Action City, Florian Gardens, and the Sleep Inn and Conference Center, which is nearby. *** Inflation and the Ukraine are in the news constantly. There is little we as individuals can do about the Ukraine. To do anything about inflation we first need to understand it a little better. Ac –

cording to Stiffel Investment Services, "Broadly speaking, infla tion is the rise in the prices of goods and services, Conversely, deflation is a general decline in prices. While that may sound positive, it's typically a reflection of weak economic conditions." What causes inflation? "When describing the causes of inflation, economists often, use the phrase “too many dollars chasing too few goods." In essence, a strong economy with high levels of employment often means that consumers have more money to spend. And when the production of goods can't keep pace with the number of interested buyers, it places upward pressure on prices." What can we do about inflation? "Treasury inflation protected securities (TIPS) are one way to fight inflation. Issued by the U. S. Treasury, these bonds are indexed to the rate of in – flation, as measured by the Consumer's Price Index-U. So when CPI-U rises, so does the principal value of TIPS. Stocks can be another hedge against inflation. Most experts recommend that even older investors and retirees allocate some of their portfolio to stocks to help maintain their purchasing power over time.” This little information is not investment advice as I am not qual – ified to provide that. Instead, the best advice is to talk to your Financial Advisor. They stand ready to assist and to advise you, as that is what you pay them to do. *** Smile time. Smile. And smile generously. It's amazing how a generous smile can literally lift people's spirits. +++ Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. (Plato) +++ Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge over where there is no river. (Nikita Khrushchev) +++ When I was boy I was told anyone could be president. I'm beginning to believe it. (Irving Stone) +++ I have come to the conclusion that politics is to seri ous a matter to be left to politicians. (Charles de Gaulle) +++ My Bucket List – Keep breathing. +++ Just once, I want an username and password prompt to say, “close enough.” +++ Being an adult is the dumbest thing I have ever done. +++ I'm a multitasker, I can listen, ignore and forget all at the same time! +++Retirement to do list – Wake Up … Nailed it. +++ Sometimes it takes me all day to get nothing done. +++ Common sense is not a gift. It's punishment because you have to deal with everyone else who doesn't have it.