A few things have been on my mind lately.

Everyone is dissatisfied with Congress and the Washington politicians in general. Why? Because under the very best of conditions, only four elected officials in Washington (and this occurs only if these four happen to be the ones for whom you voted) represent you.

These are (1) the president, (2 and 3) your two senators and (4) your member of the House of Representatives. This is it, and this is true for everyone in the country (and has been since the country’s founding). No wonder poll after poll verifies that people like their own representatives but think Congress in general is bad news – Congress does not represent them. It never has and never will.

NFLArrest.com is a great site to learn about the arrest records of the NFL players by team. Keep it in mind the next time you see a player take a knee. The last time I looked at it, it had been four days since an arrest. The average length of time between arrests is seven days, and the longest stretch without an arrest has been 65 days. The site operator’s disclaimer: “Keep in mind there are 1,700 NFL players, and their arrest rates are lower than the U.S. arrest rate.” The top crime is DUI, followed by drugs, domestic violence, assault and disorderly conduct.

Hurricane Irma was not nice. Yet, Hurricane Irma proves the global warming/climate change argument is false. How? Look at the predictions made from the data.

Hurricane Irma was going to go here, then there, then over here. The data variables involved in predicting the path of Irma are orders of magnitude less than the data variables required to predict the earth’s temperature in 50 years. If we can predict so well 50 years in the future, for Irma the forecasters should have been able to predict every tree that would fall, every electric line that would fail and every house that would lose its roof, two weeks out.

This is a much simpler problem than predicting the temperature of the earth 50 years hence. If we cannot predict the answers to the relatively simple problems, how can we possibly predict the answers to more complicated ones?

Every death is tragic. Every death in war is tragic. To date, approximately 2,400 U.S. service personnel have been killed in the U.S. engagement in Afghanistan. The armistice marking an end to fighting in World War I was signed at 5 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918 in a train car in the forest at Compiègne, France.

It provided for the cessation of hostilities at 11 a.m. the same day, five hours later (famously, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). In that brief five hours from signing until cessation of hostilities, approximately the same number of service personnel (on all sides) were killed as have been U.S. service personnel killed in the engagement in Afghanistan, cited above.

Pew Research (Feb. 2017) says that the share of Americans who are married is at its lowest level since 1920: “Half of Americans age 18 and over were married in 2015, compared with 72 percent in 1960.

“One factor driving this change is that Americans – particularly men – are staying single longer. In 2012, 78 percent of 25-year-old men had never married compared to 67 percent of their female counterparts, and by 2016, the median age at first marriage had reached its highest point on record: 29.5 years for men and 27.4 years for women.”

My own non-scientific survey of millennials over the last few years, especially among men, is the fear of marriage leading to divorce and ruining their financial lives. They know too many fathers, uncles and so forth who are spending their 40s, 50s and beyond paying financially crushing alimony judgments.

You think you know where Hillsboro is? Let’s put this in perspective. The first town straight north of Hillsboro but not in the U.S. is Thessalon, Ontario (population 1,279). The first town straight south of Hillsboro but not in the U.S. is La Palma, Cuba (population 35,426). The first town straight east of Hillsboro but not in the U.S. is Lourinha, Portugal (population 25,735). The first town straight west of Hillsboro but not in the U.S. is Kamaishi, Japan (population 35,228).

Hillsboro is 470 feet lower than Campbell Hill in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the highest point in the state. Think about it. Bellefontaine is in the flat part of Ohio, the part northwest of the Terminal Moraine (which roughly follows I-71 from Cincinnati to Cleveland). The Terminal Moraine is where the last glacier stopped.

So, the top of every hill you see in southeastern Ohio is lower that this spot of land, Campbell Hill, up in the flat part of the state.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.