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Is this really the best we can do?


Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton

As you know if you pay attention to national affairs, the United States faces a perfect fiscal storm at the end of this year. A confluence of deadlines and policy triggers unlike anything I can remember in a half-century of public life will produce massive budget cuts and serious tax increases amounting to a 3.5 percent hit on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

At least, it will if Congress and the White House don’t act. It would be, as Princeton economist Alan Blinder put it recently in The Wall Street Journal, “a disaster for the United States.” So surely it must be all hands on deck in Washington, right?

You know where I’m going with this. A rational government would be in high gear, yet what do we see? The House has worked for roughly a third of 2012 so far, and will be out of Washington campaigning or tending to constituents for half the remaining weeks of the year. The Senate, meanwhile, has been working on several bills, but the two houses are largely ignoring the coming fiscal meltdown.

The looming crisis is a result partly of bad timing — the tax cuts enacted under George W. Bush are due to expire and Congress faces yet another vote on raising the debt ceiling —and partly a result of earlier decisions to defer hard decisions. The temporary payroll tax cut, which members of Congress went to the mat over just a few months ago, will expire. Unemployment benefits are due to be cut back. And, of course, the failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to agree on a deficit-cutting deal has triggered $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. Those cuts are scheduled to go into effect starting at the turn of the year.

Most commentators in Washington agree that Congress and the President will eventually act. A few optimists hope for a “grand bargain” that would resolve Democrats’ and Republicans’ differences over taxes, spending and entitlements. But the consensus in Washington seems to be that policy-makers will dither until after the November elections. Then, in a desperate scramble — with a lame-duck Congress and either a lame-duck or a new President — they’ll find some way of postponing the hard decisions for yet a few more months.

There is a very real cost to this delay. It’s not a good time to be anyone dependent on the federal budget, and that includes millions of people and 28 percent of the American economy. Pentagon p .....
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One Moment Please... A learned behavior... enabled

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There are many times in which I write commentary pieces that never get published. I write them for the most part to formulate my thoughts on particular subjects facing our communities, our region, our state and even at a national level. In recent ..... 
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Headlines; workplace participation at thirty year low

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There is no simple answer as to why. You would think with the recent press coverage workforce participation suddenly fell off a cliff. Not so. The participation rate peaked out around the turn of the century. There has been a gradual downward trend ..... 
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A View from the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The Elusive Morel I left the house as the air began to warm, after a night of rain, determined to check on every acre of our forest. With an onion bag in my pocket, I was going to train my eye, stay focused, and walk around every dying tree. I ha ..... 
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One Moment Please... What would you do with $20?

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I think we all need a friendly reminder from time to time. We need to be reminded of the fragile foundation of our small town economies. I know because I hear directly from local business owners. I know of long-time business owners who don’t ta ..... 
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The problem with solutions

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

All problems began at some point and have some reason for continuing to exist. When we recognize the source(s) of our problems, that is where solutions can be found. It seems our problem with those solutions is that they usually aren’t what we wan ..... 
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Climate Change

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In a recent column a writer said, “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) support the evidence supported by the scientific community as well as changes advocated by Al Gore.” Really? On March 28, 2012, the IPCC released a statem ..... 
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Food For Life

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
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Protein I made my first attempt at vegetarianism at age 12, and it lasted about a day. When I was eighteen I was a little more successful and determined, but after a year I sort of slid back into the Standard American Diet. It was too easy. Putting ..... 
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The role of government

By John Goutcher

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
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It has been said that America has never been a Christian nation, or that our founders were a bunch of atheists, agnostics, and deists. Consider the facts if you will. At least 50 of the 55 signers of the Constitution were Christians according to Bra ..... 
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