Correspondent Deborah wondered, after reading A-E’s Tribune article about graduation rates and related subjects, “Where do high school drop outs go?” She hypothesized several options, including the military and fast-food jobs.

A-E’s explanation begins with real-life experience in the military, where he was drafted into the Army more than 50 years ago. Some of his basic training colleagues said they were told by judicial authorities to enlist or they would face hard time in a penal institution of some repute. But “Basic” was the end of any association A-E had with them or duller soldiers who presumably were ultimately assigned to infantry training and units.

Nobel laureate Bob Dylan was right: “The times they are really changing:” The current all-volunteer Army and other branches insist on a high school diploma and perfect background checks.

Even the military websites encourage “stay in school,” another way of saying “no drop outs wanted.”

A glance at the Tribune help wanted ads a few weeks ago sought experienced help.

Heard of the curriculum Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM? Corning started the program in area schools when job applicants were unable to handle what the corporation considered easy questions.

An esteemed local school superintendent and school board president probably five years ago noted that their freshmen college student sons reported insufficient computer skills. Their districts have since adopted the STEM curriculum, as have all area schools.

The arithmetic seems simple: If public schools graduate hundreds of senior each year at rates in excess of 80 percent, theoretically dozens of drop outs are looking for work. That’s a lot of dropouts, seemingly many more than the local job market can absorb.

If anybody knows where they go to start their post-public school careers, drop A-E a line at the Tribune.

More presidential plagiarism

Melania Trump may have started a new trend: Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo borrowed sentences from the inaugural addresses of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for his inaugural speech.

Nova Scotians love their Habs

A new survey says one in five Nova Scotians – and a quarter of Atlantic Canadians – cite the Montreal Canadiens as their favourite NHL team. (remember the French and British spelling conventions, Editor Neal)

Unlike in the league standings, the Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t far behind with 19 per cent of people in this province – and 20 per cent in Atlantic Canada – still holding onto hope.

The Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins are tied for the number three spot in Nova Scotia fandom at six per cent, but the Bruins are more popular across Atlantic Canada, five per cent to four per cent. (NHL superstar Sidney Crosby is from the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Seventeen per cent of Atlantic Canadian respondents to the Corporate Research Associates poll said they don’t have a favourite NHL team, and another 17 per cent said they don’t watch or follow hockey. That must be the difference between the Habs and Hab nots.

Atlantic Canada includes New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Hint to any who plan to relocate there because of election results: start watching hockey matches. Lots of chilly Canadian night are called “Hockey night in Canada.”

Consider that a fair warning, potential emigrants.

Habs, by the way, was the nickname of early Quebec farmers.

A-E’s favorite teams, the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes, went voteless.

A-E’s favorite snow angels

The cold weather and snow from Siberia aka Putin’s Revenge left the elderly and infirm, including A-E, worried about sliding through recent snowfalls. More thanks to those anonymous snow angels. A-E asked about the prohibition of their names and got a stern finger-wag and gruff “no names!” in return.

The Canisteo author of this musty enterprise anticipates January-through-March Greater Jasper weather will be #%&$ (depressingly) wintry.