“I know we can climb it. Given time, the tank could go to the top of the world.”Cpl. Howard Brewer wasn’t simply being macho. After a reconnaissance ride April 11, 1919, Brewer was sure his 14-ton Whippet tank could climb to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Another member of the team, Sgt. A.H. Worrell, told The Gazette that he had “driven tanks over trees and trenches on the western front and I am betting we get to the top.”The mountain-climbing mission came at the nexus of money and morale — the U.S. Treasury Secretary was to announce a final “Victory Liberty” loan drive, starting April 21, to get Americans to buy $4.5 billion of government bonds to close out the country’s final bills from World War I.The Navy immediately announced a supporting campaign. A “Victory Ship” would depart from San Francisco, bound for New York, and would travel each day at the reported rate Americans bought the bond.The Navy’s … [Read more...] about 100 years ago, a tank took on the challenge of Pikes Peak
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In June of 2007, a group of 18 Minnesota legislators convened a panel with an ambitious title and an aspirational goal: they were “The Commission To End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.” Eighteen months, four public hearings, a 10-stop statewide listening tour and numerous meetings later, the commission issued a report that aimed to do just what it said: end poverty in just 10 years. “The Commission’s overall mission and vision are captured in both its name and its guiding principles, which were first articulated in the Minnesota faith community,” read the summary. “The consensus in the faith community is that the existence of poverty, and our acceptance of it, counters the most basic values of justice.” To reach their goal, commission members called for an increase in the minimum wage; expanded working family tax credits; more child care help; and credits for small businesses. They wanted increased state and federal spending on affordable … [Read more...] about 12 years ago, the Legislature set out to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. How’s it going?
Sister Ann Weltz poses for a photograph at home in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Late last year Weltz was fired as executive director of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, that she founded 37 years ago. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) This newborn boy was delivered on the lobby couch of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery on Tuesday after the mother went into labor as she was dropping off her other infant son for the nonprofit to care for when she went to a hospital. (Courtesy of Bay Area Crisis Nursery) The Bay Area Crisis Nursery is photographed in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Late last year Sister Ann Weltz was fired as executive director of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, that she founded 37 years ago. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Clayton Valley Woman’s Club members donated items valued at $1,200 for children temporarily residing at Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Concord. President Judy Disbrow, left, chose BACN as the recipient of the … [Read more...] about ‘It was the worst day of my life’: Sister Ann founded the Bay Area Crisis Nursery 37 years ago. And then she got fired.
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:37 04 December 2018 Steve Russell Good eyesight (or an optical aid) is helpful when youre translating historic records! This document is actually about Layham, near Hadleigh Picture: Archant Archant How Suffolk folk found themselves with the Archbishop of Canterbury as their ‘boss’ Margaret Woods at home near Hadleigh. When I retired 15 years ago a friend said Why dont you come to the medieval Latin palaeography classes? I loved it. Absolutely loved it Picture: ArchantWe need a time-travelling machine and we need it now! It would let Margaret Woods go back 700 years or so and chat to some of the people she’s “met” on the pages of ancient documents. Not that they seem two-dimensional, this cast of “ghosts” from Suffolk’s past, for the limited details we have are intriguing enough to fire our imaginations.I want to know, for instance, why brewer’s wife … [Read more...] about What was Hadleigh like 700 years ago?
Stand firm, PM CRUNCH time is fast approaching. The Government is today just 48 hours from having to trigger its first full-scale contingency plans for a No Deal Brexit. Meanwhile, a deeply divided Cabinet will meet to discuss Theresa May’s increasingly messy Brexit proposals. If they do not back her, then a No Deal Brexit will edge closer. And, even if the Cabinet sign it off, it is likely that MPs in Parliament will block it anyway. Mrs May’s mantra has always been that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. So, what happened, PM? The Government’s failure to properly plan for a No Deal Brexit has greatly weakened our negotiating position. Instead, Mrs May has continually caved in to EU demands. EU chief Michel Barnier is more interested in forcing us to reverse the Referendum result than negotiating in good faith. The EU’s refusal to accept Britain’s proposal to stay in a Customs Union temporarily is just the latest example. Indeed, the … [Read more...] about The PM needs to give Brexit the same British grit that ended WW1 100 years ago