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Guest Commentary: Addressing Panko and Erding


Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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By Dan Terbeest

After reading Mr. Panko’s reply to Mr. Erding’s commentary from a few weeks ago, I had to re-read Jeff’s letter. Mr. Panko is very close to putting words in Mr. Erding’s mouth that he never said. If you are going to accuse someone of “using unsupported statements of opinion, gross exaggerations and outright false allegations”, you better be basing that on his EXACT words, not getting fast and loose with his statements (which were largely statistics from reputable news organizations, left leaning at that) and twisting them into something that they were never meant to say. Jeff did not say the policies of the left always fail. He said they have the opposite effect of their intended consequences. Some of you may call this splitting hairs but unintended consequences and failure are not the same thing.

Let’s take a look at Social Security and Medicare as examples of unintended consequences. Very few people will deny these programs have been beneficial. What are these programs worth to the people using them and the rest of the people financing them? Is it worth 800,000 dollars to you, your neighbors, and your family, each? According the U.S. debt clock the unfunded liabilities of SS, Medicare, and the prescription drug plan are about 811,000 dollars per taxpayer as of 3/4/2015. The numbers can be found here at this website http://www.usdebtclock.org/. I am not making this up. To me, that looks like an unintended consequence! Someone has to pay this bill sometime. Let’s look at Social Security. As of a couple years ago the average working couple would pay in more over their lifetime than they collect from SS according to this article from Time http://business.time.com/2012/08/07/social-security-now-takes-more-than-it-gives/ unless something is done the fund will be insolvent in 2033, just 18 years away. Would you voluntarily pay into in investment knowing you will NEVER get it all back? I’m sure that was not the intention when it was created, another unintended consequence! Obamacare has more unintended consequences than I care to go into here so I think we can see a pattern developing.

Mr. Panko wanted at least one example of liberals trying to circumvent the constitution. Be careful what you wish for. Remember the appointments to the National Labor .....
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Learning to be a citizen

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?” I love that question. Not because I’v ..... 
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Leave the rest of us alone

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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Economist Tom Sowell in a recent interview noted that in 1838 Abraham Lincoln argued “that there are always people, if the opportunity presents itself, who will overturn this country’s whole basic structure for their own egos…there are people ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson cannot deny access to public data

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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The Peterson City Council may not understand the basic premise of an open public government. At the February 11 council meeting there were two items discussed that should concern citizens. First, a local newspaper reporter asked the city to send ..... 
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What if we were to acknowledge that we must live within the laws of nature?

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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What if we recognized depletion of resources and pollution constitutes theft from Nature’s Trust which belongs to everyone and belongs to no one? “The thing that you have to understand about nature and natural law is, there’s no mercy. . . . ..... 
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Justice for all

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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Makeda and I met when we worked together at Donaldson’s department store in the seventies. I sold pictures and handled custom framing. Makeda was the lamp lady. She was in to being a Muslim at the time. She was thirty-five, slender and wore tu ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Why can’t we grow?

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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If you visit the website http://www.census.gov/popclock/, you can watch our United States population clock grow based on three interesting variables. There is one birth every eight seconds, one deat ..... 
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One Moment, Please... 841 names and faces

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Each week, when we lay out the newspaper, the standing joke in the Journal office is that I always say, “This is going to be a good looking paper.” I can’t help it. I get excited! And, this reference relates to the fact that we have a lot ..... 
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Correction - Feb. 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal "Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro."

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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In the February 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the article titled Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro. The story about the Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament indicated that Jim and Becky Iverson were spons ..... 
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