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One Moment Please...


Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past 10 years, surely you are aware of the haunting demise of the United States Postal Service.

While it's easy to point fingers at something like the Internet - and trust me, I have - because I think it has led to the demise of many businesses and organizations.

Here's a short list with a long list of unemployment casualties as a result of the Internet: bookstores, movie stores, and public libraries.

We still have a Barnes & Noble in Rochester, but Amazon.com appears to be doing everything it can to push book stores to the precipice. A July 19, 2011, Wall Street Journal article recently begged the question, "What, if anything, can save brick and mortar bookstores?" Borders closed its doors this year, releasing over 10,700 workers into the masses of the unemployed.

How many empty Hollywood Video and Blockbuster stores are as empty as a blank VHS tape? Netflix and Hulu brought them to their knees.

How many young people have ever used a card catalog? Good luck finding this relic in your local public library. They're probably collecting moisture and mold down in the dungeon. Libraries actually measure their circulation now by how many items they check-out, including movies and music - not necessarily books! I think this is a last ditch effort to keep people coming to a historic edifice with a fading sense of purpose in today's society. When was the last time you went to your local library? Ok, when was the last time you used Google?

Recent studies have even indicated the Internet has hurt the porn industry. I'm sorry, but I just don't think anybody should be able to hop on the Internet and see everything made available without parental control. And, there are many parents who don't know how to set up online browser blocking tools to prevent children from innocently or even curiously landing on something inappropriate.

In addition, how much sales tax is lost with online purchases made via e-commerce that would otherwise be recognized in a brick and mortar environment? While state laws require residents to report and pay taxes from online purchases, people usually do not report their online shopping and it is nearly impossible for the state to track.

Well, we can dwell on things like the Internet and pin the tail on that donkey all day long, but I don't think our society is prepared to revert back to 1950 any time soon.

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One Moment, Please... Future leaders

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In my June 6, 2011, commentary appearing in the Fillmore County Journal, I said, "We have an abundance of stand-out talent coming out of our schools, probably to the extent that we may not realize at times."

As we transition from a summer fu ..... 
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Looking Back While Moving Forward

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Standing on the dock, I silently watched the four canoes move across the lake, paddles flashing in the sunlight. The six campers and two guides would be gone for five nights on the water taking a circle route which was not considered difficult for c ..... 
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The Root of the Problem

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Government dysfunction is rooted in so-called "safe seats" whether they are in the state legislature or the United States Congress. Safe seats make for hopelessly divided government. The bickering and partisanship in government is one of the bigges ..... 
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One Moment Please... We have been given some healthy "goals"

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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"If you build it, they will come." ~ Author unknown.

For the past year, I have been coordinating indoor and outdoor adult soccer in Preston. Players have been coming from Canton, Fountain, Wykoff, Spring Valle ..... 
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Education is for the common good

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

"Education is at the foundation of this economy; I personally believe that one of the most effective ways that we can help the economy is making sure that we're not seeing more teacher layoffs - because we can't eat our seed corn. We can't shortchan ..... 
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Obama in the garden

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

It started about ten days before the event. A colleague got a call from a friend who works for Congress, looking for some farms between Decorah and Preston which might be good locations for a tour. We didn't know who was coming or what they were int ..... 
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One Moment Please... Making history

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
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Based on the front page, does this newspaper look like it was sponsored by the "Obama in 2012" presidential campaign? Maybe I should have changed the masthead of ..... 
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America's financial troubles

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

America is in very serious financial trouble. Government spending is unsustainable and completely out of control. Yet politicians, especially liberal politicians, seem to think they can create an alternate reality by just continuing to spend more an ..... 
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