Sonnet: How Are Things Going?
How are things really going in Idaho? A tricky question, at first, inherently
difficult to answer in terms of counterinsurgency warfare
and nation-building efforts. Small trees (and large) blown down,
their "client areas" damaging roofs and garage, cars parked in driveways.
Highly partisan debate dominates the breakfast-table chatter, the latest
violence there, beyond the window for all to see, impossible to ignore.
More than 50 neighbors affected by this latest storm, this newest trend dom-
inating news coverage for miles around, overshadowing more in-depth
analysis based on government information. Of course, this being war,
the rivers remain largely fluid, despite our best efforts to get a fix on them.
New charts shed light on evolving situations, and that's better than
nothing, let me tell you--better than a filtration system that no longer works.
Winning Idaho hearts and minds, and lowering crime rates in general, remain
our goals, even with water services at 80 percent of pre-war levels.
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