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One Moment, Please... The Economy - Part 2


Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Cars. Cars. Cars.

They've been a part of my life ever since I can't remember. As a young boy, my dad let me pick out a Matchbox car quite often when we paid a visit to a store that offered them. Little did he know I'd be leaving them on the floor to test his manhood as he navigated the house with naked feet in the dark of the night. Matchbox cars and Legos were apparently my childhood landmines of choice.

Also, as a young lad, I recall my father taking me on trips to Preston to visit the guys at Sethre Chevrolet, my great-grandfather Martin Sethre's business. Since it's been over thirty years, I vaguely recollect the variety of sights and sounds of the garage, so distinct. But, even with my fading memory, I'll never forget cracking open a chilling glass bottle of ice cold Orange Crush fresh from a pop machine! Those were the days...

Fast-forwarding to my teenage days, I sharply recall my first moments behind the wheel - it's at least within the past 20 years.

As an impressionable teen, I certainly learned a lot in the seat of an automobile - not necessarily what you might think. I experienced culture and politics.

If I have any noticeable conservative Republican tendencies, you can blame the makers of Buick.

When I was 16 years old, my first vehicle was a 1980 Buick Skylark, previously owned by a little old lady who only drove it to church on Sundays - or so they say.

I could only pick up three AM radio stations in that car: oldies, classical and talk radio. I grew to appreciate all of them in different ways. I still do listen to the oldies and even classical music when I want to feel witty. And, interestingly, I still listen to talk radio on occasion.

The irony of the situation was that I had to be the only teenager, besides the fictitious, sweater-vest-wearing, "Family Ties" TV show character known as Alex P. Keaton, listening to Rush Limbaugh - the right-wing shock jock of politics. While his message was extreme, it was his delivery method of the content that sparked my interest in politics. Sitting in the government classes in high school just wasn't the same. Rush, while way out in right field, did make politics entertaining.

On the flipside, you can blame my liberal Democratic tendencies on many, many others. I grew up in a household where both my mom and dad worked union jobs for many years. In addition, I worked closely with very, very liberal newsrooms at daily and w .....
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The swine flu saga continues

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
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Much has been made of the new "swine flu" because it is very similar to the virus that caused the pandemic flu of 1917-1920. That flu is estimated to have killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world. Only remote islands were sp ..... 
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The Sotomayor hearings were hardly 'oversight'

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
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Over four days of hearings into the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her 583 questions. Yet when they were done, we knew little more of importance than we did at th ..... 
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One moment, please... The Economy - Part 1

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It goes without saying that the state of our economy has impacted the lives of many, my immediate family included.

Within my own family, people have lost their jobs, taken on second jobs due to underemployment as a result of company cutbacks ..... 
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Health Care Fatigue Syndrome

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
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I fear we may all die from an overdose of health care discussions. It would be good to die from it because if we just get sick from it, there remain 48,000,000 of us without health insurance.

This endless conversation with no agreement about ..... 
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Our responsibility: sacrifice now for a better future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

A few weeks ago on June 26 the US House of Representatives narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey bill (H.R. 2454). It is formally dubbed "The American Clean Energy and Security Act," which concentrates on energy efficiency, conservation and the replacem ..... 
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Healthcare swan song

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
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It's pretty frustrating to be interested in health care reform and live in Southeastern Minnesota. Minnesota has been one of the most progressive states in giving its citizens health care safety nets. I feel like I'm preaching to the choir while the ..... 
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One Moment Please: Don't ruin a good thing for families

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
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Congratulations to Harmony for their outstanding July 4th parade! I especially enjoyed the cavemen of Niagara Caves -- very creative and entertaining.

Probably the only thing that was a concern was while I was videotaping the entire parade t ..... 
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Judicial appointments

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As we know, the Untied States Senate has the responsibility to advise the president and consent (or not) to his nominations of federal and Supreme Court judges and other officials. When the judicial candidates testify before the Senate Judiciary Com ..... 
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