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March madness


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

An “ill wind is blowing” with an intensity unprecedented in American history. As Shakespeare warned, “Beware of the ides of March!” He might be looking down from above, watching what is happening in our politics and saying to himself, “I wish I had thought of that!” Would he see it as a comedy or a tragedy?

Trolling the channels on TV, I stopped briefly to visit with the talking heads on Fox. They were praising Vladimir Putin for his “leadership”. He decides what he wants to do and gets the job done!” Apparently taking over Crimea and moving Russian troops into Ukraine is their idea of a strong leader. Our “wimpy” President pales by comparison!

Our next bit of political theatre? Without consulting the President, John Boehner invited Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel to address our Congress, challenging the President’s views on foreign policy. As the Prime Minister entered the House of Representatives he was greeted by a thunderous applause! Here again, the Republicans saw in Netanyahu a “strong leader”, a man they could respect!

Some of our leaders favor a military response to aggression. This is seen as being “strong”. Those seeking a diplomatic solution are seen as “weak”!

Presently our country has been working on an agreement with Iran. If it comes together it will establish verifiable limits on the nuclear program and ensure that Iran can not quickly produce enough weapons and usable material for a bomb. The major benefit for Iran? It would be freed of many of the onerous international sanctions that have crippled its economy.

In his speech Netanyahu said he has given up the idea of a “two state” solution. (In an interview since his speech, he said he would still be open to a two state solution if Iran would agree to a long list of concessions which Israel deems essential.) Netanyahu concluded, “We will no longer stand by passively”. If he is not seeking a diplomatic solution, what is left? Is he contemplating a “surgical strike” on Iran’s nuclear facilities? The drum beat grows louder. Are we repeating the march to a preemptive war, as we did in Iraq?

The latest flight into “March Madness”? Forty-seven of our Senators signed a letter and sent it to Iran’s leaders encouraging them to dismiss the ongoing nuclear talks with the United States and five other nations, This was a brazen and gratuitous act .....
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The parenting column - you knew it was coming!

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen Our darling Cindie just turned three months old on the 17th, and she is an absolute ball. Sure, there is the occasional 3 a.m. crying session where you try, half asleep, to fill a bottle, but when she smiles at you, there’s nothin ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Patriots Among Us

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Authors note: In preparation for Memorial Day, my submittals for March, April, and May are intended to recognize the military service of our neighbors and friends who dedicated a portion of their lives in defense of their country. Few, if any, thi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Terbeest’s commentary

By Herb Panko

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Mr. Terbeest’s commentary (FCJ, 3-9-15) exhibits one of the typical qualities characteristic of extreme right wing conservatives---a message of gloom, saying the sky is falling because of various programs largely instituted by liberals. Also typi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Addressing Panko and Erding

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

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 s ..... 
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Learning to be a citizen

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

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
Posted in All Commentary

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
Posted in All Commentary

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
Posted in All Commentary

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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