Other stories by Bill Palmer

  • Self flagellation

    People wear their patriotism in different ways. Although I've never been the type to make a lot of noise about it, I'm proud to be an American and proud of what this nation has accomplished both at home and abroad.

  • What's the cost?

    How much is a planter full of flowers worth to your town? Sure, you can figure out what the monetary cost is to set it up and maintain it, but what is the value of having the planter downtown or on a main street? Or better yet, what is the cost to your town's “quality of life” or appearance if the...

  • A losing bet

    Life is a risky business. Every moment of every day brings some level of risk. When we design a building or a water treatment plant or a levee, we accept and try to define the risk. We know that there will be situations where the stresses on the system will exceed the design, so we build in safety...

  • Join us

    As the oldest in a family of four kids, I had to become self-sufficient pretty early. By the time I was in first grade there were babies everywhere, so when I wanted something, the most likely way to get it was on my own. As a result, I was never much of a joiner. In high school I wasn't a member...

  • Carry that weight

    Despite our best efforts, government can't solve every problem. We run our cities as well as we can with what we have and hope for the best. And sure, we don't mind if the feds or the state gives us some money, but we don't really expect it, nor do we even necessarily think it's fair that they do...