Happy Marmot Day!
We don’t know what rodent you folks celebrate in the Lower 48, but in Alaska today is officially Marmot Day.
And while the question of whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter is generally laughable in a state where you’re not allowed to complain unless it’s still snowing in May, today is looking mighty spring-like in this corner of the Last Frontier.
For those of you curious about the origin and purpose of Marmot Day, there is an amusing Wikipedia entry detailing Senate Bill 58, and how it came to be.
Senate Bill 58, sponsored by Sen. Linda Menard, R-Wasilla, was first introduced by the late Dr. Curtis Menard, Linda Menard’s husband and former state legislator. Concerned by the gradual decline of Alaska’s folk values, and worried that the 49th state would become a suburb of Houston both culturally and economically, Dr. Menard drew a line in the sand with his idea of creating Marmot Day in the 1990s. After getting stuck in a committee while politics was played, the controversial Marmot Day bill died in the legislature. Sen. Linda Menard reintroduced the bill for the 26th Alaska Legislature, and the bill passed by a Marmot’s whisker on the second to last day of the legislative session, and Sarah Palin signed it into law. As Senator Menard said, “By recognizing the marmot, our state [built] a tradition and legacy to be built on for future generations.
We, too, are worried that Alaska might become “a suburb of Houston.” May we humbly suggest that if Marmot Day alone does not stem the tide of Texification, the legislature might want to refrain from giving away our budget surplus to the oil companies located there. But that’s another story for another day.