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It's a step in the right direction. But there are more steps to be taken.

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When we make a mess, we ought to clean it up. Whether in Ketchikan or other areas of Alaska, the Lower 48 or elsewhere, it’s people’s responsibility to pick up after ourselves. We drop stuff, then we should pick it up.

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Cesar Novelo Manalo, 69, died March 20, 2017, in Ketchikan.
David Rolf Blick, 60, died March 14, 2017, in Ketchikan.
12/13/2012
Perhaps you knew

Naturally, more than only we were aware of Wednesday’s significance numerically as the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the century. (Wouldn’t it have been fun to turn 12 Wednesday?) As a friend pointed out, this was the last month that can happen this century. We sure won’t be having a 13-13-13.

But speaking of 12-12-12 — and really, who wasn’t, on Wednesday? — we made the error of calling it “12 cubed” to a rocket scientist who knew better.

The bad news is, Wednesday was not 12 cubed.

The good news is, we still have 12 cubed to look forward to.

Twelve cubed is the mathematical notation for saying “12 times 12 times 12” — in other words, “cubed” means to take any number and multiply it by itself two more times.

Well, 12x12x12 equals 1,728.

And that, good people, is Jan. 7, 2028, or 1-7-28.

Some days, it is a fine circumstance to be a numbers person.

Right?