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Guest Commentary: Pipeline a safe source


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest, Spring Valley

I have read several letters against the Keystone XL pipeline. I am having trouble seeing why we should not build it. Some of the arguments make it sound like this is something new and we don’t understand the technology well enough to manage it safely. If that was the case, which it isn’t, and I will address this later, then we should not proceed with alternative energy either. If we can’t safely build a pipeline then we can’t safely build a windmill or harness solar, or for that matter make ethanol. We all know we are moving ahead with alternatives regardless of the risk. I am not saying alternatives don’t have a future but they are not ready to replace oil at this time, especially when they oil is so plentiful and the alternatives are so expensive. Windmills to produce electricity are fine but when the electricity they produce is 3 to 4 times more expensive than coal powered electricity even with huge tax subsidies, should we be thinking we have found our solution to fossil fuels? Not in my opinion. Batteries for hybrids are very expensive and very toxic to dispose of. These are problems too. As we build small, lighter cars we will be using more and more plastic, where does plastic come from? Oil! Solar panels use a lot of plastic. Many of our cutting edge pharmaceuticals are derived from petrochemicals. We are never going to wean ourselves from oil totally. There is a school of thought that says if we don’t build this pipeline this tar sand oil will stay in the ground. This line of thought is flawed. If the Canadians don’t sell it to us it WILL go somewhere else, probably China, to get refined. How environmentally friendly is that? Haul it by rail or truck or maybe pipeline, to the ocean, then ship it across the Pacific to be refined, and then some of it may end up back in the USA. Doesn’t it make much more sense to transport it by pipeline to a US refinery, maybe using solar or windmill produced electricity to pump it in the pipeline? We know how to extract this oil; it is going to be refined. If we don’t do it the Chinese will and we will do it in an environmentally responsible way, much safer than if the Chinese will. The Genie (tar sand oil) is out of the bottle, there is no putting her back now.

This pipeline is not new at all. There are over 300,000 miles of natural gas pipeline in the US, [Read the Rest]

Armageddongate legion

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson recently said, “Let’s say somebody were (president) and (he) wanted to destroy this nation. I would create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Frac Sand Gold Rush Will Hurt Our Economy and Environment

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Councilor Lynn Schoen, City of Wabasha As a city of Wabasha Council member I am very concerned about the negative impact the frac sand industry will have on my community. This type of large scale intensive strip mining and the truck traffic and ..... 
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How did the President of “Yes we can!” wind up with a Congress of “No we can’t!”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis Our ancestors came across dangerous waters in small wooden boats to face an unknown wilderness. They challenged the domination of England and started a new nation. In the eighteen-hundreds they left behind the comfort of the E ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Medical insurance

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Robert and Monica Hatch, Lanesboro Recently we read an on-line article that said a senior retiring at age 65 and living to a typical age of 85 should expect to spend $250,000 on medical expenses, including various premiums, for an annual bill of ..... 
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Congress falls short on national security

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton Wherever you stood on Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster to delay John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA director, or on the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Brennan and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, they all serve as a rem ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Liquor store, new city building, or money pit

By Brett Kues

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
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By Brett Kues I recently watched a speech given at the Fellowship Foundation National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. by Dr Benjamin Carson. He told a story about a friend who loved to buy his mom expensive and extravagant Christmas gifts. On ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Legislature must pass Senate File 786 to protect rural communities from frac sand rush

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Vince Ready For the first time in my life, I travelled to the State Capitol from my home in Saratoga Township in Winona County. I was there with many of my neighbors and concerned citizens to let the Legislature know that they must act to protec ..... 
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Me like hockey

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

In a classic case of “Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone,” I find myself paying more attention to the professional hockey season this year than I ever really have before. I have to admit, when the negotiations broke down, I thought to ..... 
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