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Maybe next century


Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I am ready to promise you, no more conversation about health care. Have you ever attended a dinner party where one fool stands up and says something so outrageous on a topic that the room goes silent until some gracious aunt clears her throat and remarks on the vivid colors in the table bouquet? That is where we have gone on the health care reform dialogue. So, hasn't it been a lovely summer? How are your tomatoes? That's nice.

Silly me, and millions of others, who thought the matter was a mandate. President Obama listened to us and took up the flag. Tens of millions uninsured, industries crippled by costs, families hoping that none of the kids got sick for more than the emotional reasons, and zillions being spent with impunity by those who can, to the great advantage of those who made the industry larger than any other in the nation. Now, when we get to talk about it, it seems it isn't a problem after all. If Sarah Palin says we are setting our sights on Grandma and children with disabilities, it must be true.

So, we are wrestling with insurance reform instead and asking those bad boys, politely of course, to come on guys, be nice. Some of those paying exorbitant premiums might actually get sick. I know, that cuts into the bottom line but darn it all, human mortality, despite technology, remains at 100%. Before that defining moment there are expensive incremental moments and these are what "the people" and "the industry" are too shy to discuss. Those moments are overwhelming and confusing to "the consumer" and impact the profitability of "the industry."

How can we all be so glad that Medicare exists, eliminating the sad old tales of taking up collections because Mom needs an operation, and rage at Town Hall meetings against Socialized Medicine? If I am too dense to understand, please enlighten me.

Can Sarah Palin really talk about government doing in disabled kids and old folks and not see the disconnect? Government has been offering all the care to those populations for decades in the form of Medicare and Medicaid. These were programs that provided dignity to the most vulnerable among us and now the same philosophy is a Government Takeover?

Our President came to the office with great passion for things that mattered and soon learned that he and the folks who carried great hope for him, cannot overcome the American profit machine.

While we watch this thing, that started as a discussion about universal cover .....
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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Eminent domain authority, when and why?

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The use of eminent domain has a history back into the times of feudalism. It is based on a doctrine which allows a sovereign state dominion over all land within its borders. When our forefathers penned the Constitution of the United States, it was a ..... 
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One Moment, Please...How full is our cup?

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

In a recent story coming from a Rochester-based media company, Cummins, a North American filter assembly operation located in Lake Mills, Iowa, will layoff 400 employees as part of a transition of operations to San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Obvio ..... 
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One Moment, Please... MCA testing, bullying and our educators

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

First, I would like to congratulate two area high school students who were the ONLY two students who applied for the Fillmore County Journal scholarships offered in conjunction with the Journal Writing Project for the 2009-2010 school year. The appl ..... 
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One Moment, Please...The Economy - Part 3

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

During the past few weeks in this trilogy of my unsolicited rhetoric, I am concluding with a reference to healthcare reform. Yes, I've saved the best for last. Well, I'm not sure if it's the best, but it is certainly the most contentious.

The ..... 
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Fear is their only weapon

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I concluded sometime ago we do not send our best and brightest to either Washington or St. Paul. Health care reform debate confirms there are many villages in America that are not missing their village idiot because the voters in the villages keep s ..... 
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Hard to believe sometimes

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God." (Romans 8: 28)

As I drank my first cup of coffee this morning, I watched the birds at my feeders just outside the window. They were eating the smaller seeds whole, ..... 
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