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Bringing balance to our checkbook


Fri, May 13th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Nearly a month ago Standard and Poors revised the outlook for the United States to negative from stable while reaffirming the triple A rating. The reason for the lower outlook on our country's debt is what the rating agency sees as an inability for politicians to work together to create a long-term plan to make substantial changes necessary to improve the fiscal position of the United States. The downgrade reflects what they see as a one in three chance that they will need to cut the Triple A rating within two years.

Why is this important? It demonstrates an uncertainty and lessening of confidence in the United States government. What we need is a congress that is willing to work together for the future of the country. Short term thinking and pandering to the electorate won't do. We, the public, need to be realistic and expect and accept both tax increases and reductions in benefits. According to recent polls, the majority of Americans are against creating a national sales tax, raising the Social Security retirement age, raising Medicare contributions, and taxing employee-provided health insurance. Any credible plan will require shared sacrifice and will affect some of these and other public wants and don't wants.

A Starting Point

A good and relatively balanced starting point is the plan put forth by the National Commission of Fiscal Responsibility, a bi-partisan commission led by former Senator Al Simpson (R) and former chief of staff Erskine Bowles (D). The Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force, led by Pete Domenici (R) and Alice Rivlin (D), has also put together a plan. Perhaps what could be the most productive effort is the so-called "Gang of Six," comprised of six currently serving senators, including three Democrats: Mark Warner (Virginia), Kent Conrad (North Dakota), Richard Durbin (Illinois) and three Republicans: Saxby Chambliss (Georgia), Mike Crapo (Idaho), and Tim Coburn (Oklahoma). The one thing all of the efforts have in common is that they are bi-partisan. They all recognize that the only way to get a workable and favorable result is to work across party lines.

Senator Chambliss has been quoted saying the only way to get a plan into law is by "locking arms and jumping off the building together." The hyperbolic and partisan rhetoric put forth by the extreme wings of both sides is unproductive.

The "Gang of Six" has been meeting and working together for nearly a year. They obviously work f .....
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Thankful Beyond Measure

Fri, May 13th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

For the past quarter century, Winona and southeastern Minnesota have given me tremendous gifts. When my husband Milt and I left the Navy in 1988, we found this quintessential Midwestern town along America's most beloved river. There was an opening a ..... 
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Keeping the memories - 5/9/11

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

This coming Memorial Day we are thankful for the men and women who are risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are especially thankful this week for the incredible bravery and risk taken by our Navy Seals.

Each Memorial Day brings to ..... 
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One Moment Please - Larson's Hardware, Valley Farm & Home

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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I was afraid this was going to happen.

My cell phone rang on Monday, May 2, and the man on the other end said, "Hello, Jason, this is Joe Larson with Larson's Hardware ..... 
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The rich and poor

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The rich and poor. Who are they? The stereotypic view is that the bottom 20 percent are an enduring and never-changing class who are often there through no fault of their own. As those at the top never change as well as the 60 percent in the middle. ..... 
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Senator Miller applauds Governor Dayton for signing Green Acres Reform

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

St. Paul - Senator Jeremy Miller's (R-Winona) legislation, intended to reform Minnesota's problematic Green Acres program, was signed into law by Governor Dayton Friday morning. The legislation, House File 12 (Senate File 222), is intended to protect ..... 
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One moment, please... Ghost towns?

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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It appears the business landscape of Fillmore County has been changing in a disorganized yet synchronized fashion.

In the past six months, two hardware stores have clo ..... 
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What are they thinking?

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Pundits are busy taking the pulse of the nation's voters to find out what they are thinking. I have some ideas of my own about this.

They believe the recession started January 21, 2009, rather than in the fall of 2007. They believe Obama is ..... 
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One moment, please... A unified vision

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
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While I spend the majority of my time in Fillmore County, I do venture out a bit between 14 counties in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, spending quite a bit of time on the road ..... 
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