Spring arrives; WBC ‘lists’

The experts say spring began today at 10:57 a.m.

At last. Though there’s likely a few more spring dumps of the white stuff coming.

We’ve come far from last December when the days were short and mostly dark. By many accounts, this was one long, difficult, even historic (depending on one’s memory) winter; we even published letters to the editor about it.

 

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Re: The Vote in Crimea

 

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

 

— Josef Stalin, Russian/Soviet Union leader, 1878-1953)

 

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The Notebook spent a few days last week with his older brother, an Oklahoma City CPA and tax consultant and our 106-year-old aunt who still very much enjoys chicken sandwiches and pineapple milkshakes. (The snow followed me there.)

Older bro Paul, even though he sold his CPA practice to his son late last year, was still going in at 5 a.m., working to 6:30, 7 p.m. We were able to squeeze in dinners and some brotherly talk. I’m always amazed at how devoted (and hard-working) CPAs, tax professionals are to their clients at this time of year, aka “tax season.”

 

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I see by the paper….

• The Wyoming Business Report, a monthly newspaper of Wyoming commerce, arrived in the mail. In it, a popular feature: the “lists” of various businesses and agencies, both private and public. Of note in this issue is how the Sheridan County Airport is the sixth busiest airport in Wyoming, moving up from number seven a year ago. There were 28,510 arrivals and departures through December 2013 when this data was collected and likely doesn’t include all of the recent troubles with Great Lakes Airlines. By comparison, Gillette Campbell County Airport has almost twice the business as ours through December with 52,282 enplanements/deplanements. The busiest Wyoming airport is in Jackson with 539,273, a number that’s flat with the previous year. Casper’s airport was second — and showed the highest gain from the previous year, 12 percent — with almost 200,000 comings and goings.

• The other “list” item in the WBR is the top advertising, marketing and public relations firms. Melissa Butcher’s PB Communications made the list at number nine. It was founded in 2005 in Sheridan. (Melissa’s a good singer, too, vocalizing last year with Gary Smalls & The Coyote Bros at the Taste of Sheridan.)

 

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“Tax season” reminds of a quote, after spending a few days with my brother’s firm.

 

Quotable

 

“I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.”

 

— Arthur Godfrey, American broadcaster/entertainer, 1903-1983

 

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