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Enough Is Enough


Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

When President Obama advocated nuclear energy, offshore drilling and research to provide clean coal technology as solutions to our increasing energy problems, I winced. Granted, he also advocated the use of alternative energy resources. When he predicted that our nation will soon be growing enough again to continue its place as the greatest nation on earth, I wasn't surprised but disappointed. When he spoke of continuing and winning the war in Afghanistan, I shuddered, but wasn't surprised.

Shortly after Obama's State of the Union speech, I came across the "Manifesto on Global Economic Transitions," a project of "The International Forum on Globalization," "The Institute for Policy Studies" and the "Global Project on Economic Transitions" published in September 2007. It states, "The planet's ecological, social and economic systems are on the verge of catastrophic change, for which few societies are prepared." It speaks of a triple global crisis, which includes climate change; the coming end of cheap energy (oil and gas); and the depletion of natural resources like fresh water, forests, wildlife and fertile soils.

Root causes of the crises include: the dominant standard that places rapid economic growth, the quest for corporate and personal wealth, and a race to exploit natural resources at the top of national and institutional aspirations; the uncontrolled use of fossil fuels to feed the growth; the global spread of economic systems that promote consumerism as necessary to individual happiness; the destruction for industrial purposes of the lands and livelihoods of indigenous societies that exhibit sustainable economic practices; a disregard of planetary limits in terms of resource availabilities, consumption and waste generation; and human overpopulation, which effects all other conditions.

To reverse this emergency, a diverse global movement on these issues is necessary. Some people have already realized the need for major systemic change and have formed mostly local and regional citizen-led organizations that create alternative production and market systems. Examples in our area include Lanesboro Local and farmers' markets. Also, cities and towns around the world have implemented models for green cities, which seek to approach zero carbon use, zero waste, reduced imports of materials and maximum efficiency. In addition, many indigenous societies express economic, political, social and spiritual traditions that accept the limits .....
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Is it really tea time?

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The Tea Party movement has been receiving a great deal of attention of late. The recent Nashville convention featuring keynote speaker Sarah Palin garnered worldwide media coverage. However, there were more reports about the costs of attending the c ..... 
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One Moment Please - What is important?

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

I'm stepping back from making any political statements this week. Instead I'm sharing my thoughts on what I feel is most important in all of our lives: family.

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How about some common sense

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Imagine that you've legally parked your car on a city street. When you return, a stack of traffic citations rests on the windshield even though your tires are in the lines and your meter shows time remaining. You have been fined because other parked ..... 
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Pick Your Heroes

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

l Graham Nash wrote a song in about 1970, and I hope he won't sue me for sharing a few lines:

Teach your children well/Their fathers hell/will slowly go by.

And feed them on your dreams/the one they pick's/the one you'll know by.
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What Makes A Good Politician

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Members of Congress play a central role in our lives. They shape our health-care system, make crucial decisions about the U.S. economy, and represent the hopes and interests of every American in Washington. Given this fact, I'm always surprised that ..... 
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How To Be A Better Lover?

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 19:19 NIV

Many think of love as something that comes easy. Usually it is because people misunderstand the term "love." To be a really loving person can be challenging. Can you think of a command in th ..... 
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The Cause of the Recession

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The root cause of our recession is very simple. Government and politicians created this mess. Not the market system, not greed, not a misalignment of the stars and planets, not even a conspiracy of big bankers, industrialists, or trivial Hollywood a ..... 
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One Moment Please

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

With this issue of the Fillmore County Journal, officially the one year anniversary since my wife and I purchased the newspaper in 2009, we have received overwhelming fe ..... 
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