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One of a Kind


Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

What this country needs today are strong, forthright and honest people in our government. What we really need are more men like Al Capone. When Al was around, people knew just where he stood. Whenever a problem arose, he took care of it. He didn’t need to appoint some committee to investigate the situation for some possible wrong doing. Al believed in immediate action. If someone got out of line, Al would take him aside and show him the error of his ways and rehabilitate him.

Just look at what Al did for the city of Chicago. Not only did he remove a number of racketeers such as Dion O’Banion, Hymey Weiss, and Bugs Moran, he established pension funds for Aldermen, Mayors, Judges and Congressmen out of his own pocket. He never cost the taxpayers a cent. As a matter of fact, Al didn’t think much of taxes, especially income taxes.

Now suppose Al were the Secretary of State; I know how Al would handle the situation in the Mid-East. He would drop all of those sanctions in Iran and Iraq. Then he would invite Saddam Hussein and all interested parties to a lavish dinner and after dinner he would take them for a ride in the countryside. Then on his way home he would stop in Cuba for a courtesy call on Fidel Castro. Al had a knack for simple solutions to what, on the surface, seemed to be a complex problem.

If Al were asked to look into the energy crisis, he would take an interest in the oil companies and refineries. And the United States would soon be awash in gasoline and California would get all of the Juice that they could pay for.

Al had a talent for regulating just about anything. The Baby Boomers could rest easy and put their cares away if Al were given the chance to reform Social Security and Medicare. If the Boomers wished to put part of their Social Security funds into the private sector, Al would accommodate them. Al was very good with pension funds and when it comes to Medicare, Al knew how to get people into hospitals with little or no paper work and he would see to it that there would be no problems with their medications.

Well, Al is gone now and we will never see his kind again...What a pity.

John Flaherty

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Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Monday, July 16, 2001

I read an article last Sunday that said Americans are giving less attention to cleaning their houses. Once again, I’m way ahead of a national trend.

My lack of cleaning skills is somewhat legendary in my family. ..... 
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"We Could Fix Just about

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Anything with Baling Wire."Edited By Beth WaterhouseMonday, July 16, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Storie ..... 
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A Big Woods Wedding

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

A medieval scene greets guests as they walk down green paths through open woods and across hilly fields to a small white tent with open walls. The groom could be Robin Hood, complete with his Merry Men, anxiously waiting f ..... 
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"The Great Wall of Weaver"

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

As if near record flooding along the Upper Mississippi was not enough already, mid and late Spring 2001 for the most part proves to be gloomy, cool and gray. With the exception of two or three consecutive sunny, unseasonab ..... 
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Reader Mail!

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, July 9, 2001

Question: I need to move my perennials in late summer. Although this is not the right time for all of the plants, can you give suggestions of how to keep them alive? How should I prepare them? Should I trim ..... 
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A Stickler for Reality

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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By Wayne PikeMonday, July 16, 2001

Having been home from our trip to Colorado for a couple weeks, I have had time to reflect on some of the events and observations that we made. Traveling to another state can hardly be considered exotic, but i ..... 
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The Mighty Ducks

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

It has been quite awhile since I was a volunteer coach. My first opportunity came in my early twenties when Bob, a friend of mine, and I were coaxed into coaching soccer to a mixed group of six and seven year olds in a YMC ..... 
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