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Stop taxpayer funding of ethanol


Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Ethanol, in any form whether grain or cellulosic, will never economically replace petroleum. There just are not enough BTUs to justify it. Ethanol is about 20 to 30-percent less efficient than gasoline and about 50-percent less efficient than diesel fuel.

Adding 10-percent ethanol to gasoline reduces miles per gallon (MPG) by at least 10-percent. I know this because I checked it out. On a road trip to Florida, when I left the corn belt states where 10-percent ethanol is mandated and filled up with 100-percent gasoline in Kentucky, my mileage instantly increased from 20.5 MPG to 23 MPG, which it stayed constant in the 23 MPG range until I filled the tank with the ethanol blend on the return trip. That resulted in an immediate decrease of 10-percent in MPG.

I challenge anyone to run your own mileage tests. This is one of the dirty little secrets that the ethanol industry does not talk about.

Calculate the extreme negative numbers.

First, we taxpayers subsidize the construction of ethanol plants.

Secondly, we subsidize the planting and growing of the corn, and if the politicians have it their way, cellulosic material.

Thirdly, we subsidize each gallon of ethanol produced twice. Once with our federal taxes and again with our state taxes. There are federal direct subsidies of 51 cents per gallon of ethanol and federal indirect subsidies of 75 cents per gallon plus the state subsidies. Many of the ethanol plants in Minnesota were and are being built with tax abatement subsidies.

Total subsidies, direct and indirect, are over $1.75 per gallon of ethanol produced. In addition to all the subsidies we are paying, the addition of 10-percent ethanol to our gasoline is costing us at least 10-percent more at the pump. When we spend $40 to fill up the tank of our vehicle, $4 of this is wasted because of the ethanol blend's lower mileage. Think of that next time you fill up.

Eunice Biel's letter to the editor, January 19, 2009 Fillmore County Journal, states that "ethanol infuses over $3 billion into Minnesota's economy each year". I ask, how many more billions is it costing the 99.5-percent of us who must pay an extra 10-percent for the privilege of sharing in that $3 billion? Also, keep in mind that most of the $3 billion is our tax money to begin with.

I have known Ken Tschumper for 30 years and probably never agreed with him on any issue before. But maybe for different reasons than his, I agree .....
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One moment, please...

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I really don't enjoy debating politics, because I'm too competitive and I always WIN; just like in the board game Monopoly against my wife and Karla Appel. I am kidding on all accounts, in case you were ready to challenge me.

In spite of my l ..... 
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Food Support cases up dramatically

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

PRESTON - On January 20, the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the Fillmore County Social Services front desk logged 200 contacts - phone calls and walk-ins from residents in need.

Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor ..... 
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Spending our money, Round II

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
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It might be a stretch but it seems to me that the economic situation we now see around us is similar to being attacked by an unseen enemy. Like the 9/11 disaster, seemingly out of nowhere comes an unimaginable catastrophe. Sure, we know now ..... 
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A 'Welcome' Home

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



As my wife, Amanda Sethre, and I embark upon the adventure of publishing a weekly newspaper in this beautiful area of Southeast Minnesota, we would first like to thank you for being so welcoming.

The people and scenery of Fillmore C ..... 
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A Question of Energy

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

On the night of January 10, we had the biggest and brightest full moon that we will see in 2009. A walk under this moon would have made streetlights unnecessary.

A big change for my husband and me with our recent move from the Big Woods into ..... 
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Wind farms in Fillmore County are a plus

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the past several decades we have developed an insatiable appetite for all that is electronic. This trend is not likely to be abated. Things that we now take for granted like central air conditioning, cordless phones, garage door openers, comput ..... 
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Barack Obama is the right person for the job

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
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Before the election last fall, I had a conversation with a Republican friend about the qualifications of the major candidates. The topic of concern in the media at the time was whether Sarah Palin, a small town mayor and first term Alaska governor, ..... 
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It's time to show the world what the U.S is capable of

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I might get a new outfit for the inauguration. I fear the mail lost my personal invitation to the ball but I sure plan to celebrate in my own living room and the whole country should do the same.

Alright, the economy is tanked, the weather i ..... 
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