Wrong Again!

For 55 years I was in the sales profession. One of the important skill sets required for good sales people is the ability to forecast sales numbers for the next financial period. A great deal of research and skill went into developing these sales forecasts. These forecast were the basics on which production planned and executed their production requirements for the coming year. So sales forecasts were very important. For over 50 years my sales forecasts were always 95 percent to 110 percent spot on target.

Evidently weather forecasting is not an art or a science but more like throwing a dart at the board and see what comes up. Waco weather men have never learned what mammoths and generations of Indians already knew: Waco has a very stable climate and is not prone to extremes. Waco is a magic place with a high spirit level.

I am always amazed watching the radar screen on my smart phone as a strong weather front moves toward Waco. If you will watch the screen the weather front, more often than not, will split just as it gets to the outskirts of Waco and then reform after passing through Waco. Waco has an invisible energy shield that protects us from weather extremes. Tornados get through once every 500 years or so but weather men are at the mercy of the Spirit of Waco when it comes to predictions. Rusty and the rest should give up and stop predicting. Just report “What happened yesterday!”

John Dalrymple, China Spring

More like him

Unlike many young scholars, state of Texas wildlife biologist Josh Sears did not exchange common sense while earning his degree.

Josh Sears is obviously aware of the extreme danger of using indiscriminate poisoning to curb the feral hog population. These poisons have residual effects that can destroy the balance of the fragile Texas ecosystem.

Texas outdoorsmen and women need the likes of this young biologist, who have not lost touch with the land. Thanks for the article, Tribune Herald.

Dan Dayton, West

Social media

In my mind, freedom of speech is the right to be able to express one’s opinion, spoken or written, as long as we are not yelling “fire!” in the crowded theater. It is not the right to force someone to read or listen to me or my opinions. When it comes to elected officials, are we electing individuals to vote our wishes and interests as only we instruct them or an individual that we trust to vote their own mind with common sense as a filter?

If you don’t like the way elected officials use social media, vote them out next election as you would for any of their other actions you disapprove of.

You don’t have to sue —vote ’em out. If this happens, and it leads to more voters going to the polls, then social media has served a beneficial purpose after all.

Bruce Hamelin, Woodway