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The Great Divide


Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Campaign season for both parties is definitely underway. It seems they start earlier every time around. Both sides will attempt to define the parameters of the race, but it appears the Democrats have the edge on taking the offensive. President Obama and his party have already made it clear that class warfare will be the focus of this election. It may actually be a good political "play" for them; to attempt to pit the majority against a guaranteed minority. After all, the "rich" will always be a minority, as what defines them as rich is having more than the average person. Although, it is difficult for even we poor in this country to deny being obscenely "rich" by any world or historical standard.

It is disappointing to see politicians put campaigning before their elected jobs, earlier every election season. It is much more disappointing to see how modern politicians take advantage of their elected positions to support their campaigning. Our recent and current presidential administrations have shown no shame in this regard. Putting campaigning ahead of difficult decision making and hard work perfectly outlines the problems our politicians have plagued this nation with.

The Democrats' class warfare scheme seems genius, in a way. Political races in our times have been fought by one side first artificially defining the battle in a way they believe gives them an advantage, while the second side then gets stuck trying to fight on the first side's terms; a losing battle for all of us. Why do the two sides get away with this? Simple. There is only two sides. There is no shortage of anger, frustration, or contempt amongst us. Even the foolish politicians who have created these problems with their empty promises and over-reaching are smart enough to know that at all costs, the focus of political races must not be themselves.

If we made our politicians and both political parties the focus of elections, none of them ,could get elected in the first place. They know this. That is why when we look to them they point their finger away at someone or something else and proclaim,"There! Over there! That is the problem!" Both sides must do this, for both sides have done the exact same things, when given the power. Truly, no distinguishable difference can be made in recent times, between Democrat and Republican rule. They both have spent way more than we have, promised what cannot be given, infringed further upon civil liberties, and progressively i .....
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More important things to worry about than manmade climate change

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Two earthquakes and their tsunamis have caused upwards of 300,000 deaths over the last few years. Thus reminding us again that the world we live in is violent and dangerous. By the way, the USGS says that 39 states are in active seismic zones.
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One Moment Please... Opportunities to get involved

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Cell phone: 507-251-5297

As you navigate today's Journal, you'll notice an abundance of opportunities to get involved - literally something for everybody. Please consider this commentary sort of like one of the "choose your own adventure" bo ..... 
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Creating jobs v. creating wealth

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Unless you have been living in a cave the past few years, you know that our country has been in the midst of a giant recession. Unemployment hovers around 9.4 percent with 37 million on food stamps, and politicians ranting and raving to have the gov ..... 
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Campaigns to be flush despite weak economy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Be prepared to be carpet bombed by political ads as never before leading up to the 2012 elections. There are estimates that from $6 to $8 billion will fuel campaigns, with over half of that money funding TV, radio ads, and to a lesser extent, print ..... 
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Lessons from 9/11

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

It's been 10 years since 9/11, and we have learned countless lessons since then. Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He wrote of ten lessons that we should all keep in mind when the naysayers and critics ..... 
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One Moment Please... A lemonade stand

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As the 25th anniversary of our world famous trails approached, I knew this was going to be one of the most significant news events I would cover in 2011. So, I dedicated my weekend to visiting all eight trail towns to capture the essence of how each ..... 
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Government spending

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our founders clearly did not foresee the dangers posed by the creation of hundreds of government bureaucracies. Consequently, they did not include any means that would restrain or eliminate the many governmental functions and programs that are ineff ..... 
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One Moment Please...

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Great stories, memories and Scrabble

I remember playing Scrabble at the kitchen table against my great-grandmother, Mabel Leighty, as she seemingly made up words I had never heard of on her way to an unopposed victory. I was 12 at the time, b ..... 
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