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Another One from Flaherty: Can't Sleep


Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

When I read and hear about hip and knee replacements I wonder what they do with all of the hips and knees that have been replaced. Can they be re-cycles or rebuilt? Over the years I have had my cars repaired with re-built alternators, clutches, engines and starters; couldn’t the same be done with the human odds and ends that have been replaced by artificial parts?

Well, from what I understand, all of these hips and knees have been replaced because they have worn out from over use. If that is indeed the case, how about tongues? I certainly know of a few people that over use their tongues; why is it that tongues never seem to wear out?

Another thing that I think about when I can’t get to sleep are all of those political campaign promises that are made before elections. What sort of shape would the country be in if all of those campaign promises were kept? Why couldn’t the incumbent simply state that he or she, enjoys his or her job, the pay is good and would we, his or her constituents, kindly keep him or her in office for another term. The opponent could state that the incumbent has had the job long enough and it’s time for someone else to get a piece of the pie; and that should be the end of it.

When Telemarketers call, why do thy say, “Hello Mr. Flaherty; how are you today?” Why just today, don’t they care about how I was yesterday? Don’t they realize that if I weren’t feeling well it is quite likely that I wouldn’t be answering the phone? How are you indeed; how am I as compared to what or when? Why don’t we gather all of these Telemarketers and send them off to Iraq and see how long they stay in business. “Hello Mr. Hussein and how are you today?”

Why do business people and advertisers tell me that if I comply with certain conditions, I am entitled to a free gift? Isn’t a gift a gift? Why would anyone charge me for a gift? Why would I be dumb enough to accept a gift if I knew that I was going to be billed for it once I accepted it?

Then there are those who tell me that if I listen to them or subscribe to a certain periodical I would be informed of the true facts of certain matters. Isn’t a fact a fact, isn’t a fact a truth? Are there such things as false facts? If there are such things as false facts, I think that they would be rather easy to come by if I listened to campaign speeches.

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A dream takes a hit

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I am just a little too old to be a true "Sputnik-baby", but not by much. Growing up with spaceflight, I was just old enough to appreciate the thrill of the earliest successes. I believe I was too young and maybe we were all too sheltered to have thor ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: The Fillmore County 10

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Many of you have probably heard of the big to do on the streets of Preston on Tuesday. It was reported in Wednesday’s Pioneer Press under the headline: Sheriff hits the street for jurors.  The story was eventually picked up b ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: Home Improvement

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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The severe frost of last night had not damaged the pump as the check now seems to be sufficient to prevent any pumping and filling of the pump-head with water."  Former Lanesboro physician, Johan C. Hvoslef,  &nbs ..... 
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Are You Game? Super Bowl & more

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Remember the Super Bowl triumph one week ago. Tampa was clearly the best team on the field. For Oakland fans the most offense on Super Bowl Sunday was the Bud commercial with the guy trying to score with a lobster crawling into his ear. Heck, even th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric M. Leitzen

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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What is wrong with us? How far will we stoop? It has often been thought that our society was governed solely by our outward physical appearance. Now it has been proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt.

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Journal Writing Projec: Andy Wolter

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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I was wondering about the roots of the Internet a few days ago, and I found some good information. My internet research corresponded quite nicely with my lack of a Journal topic, just in case you were curious like me.

The idea o ..... 
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