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Our civic duty requires informed decisions


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the August 11, 2008, edition of this newspaper there were three commentary pieces that had me thinking for quite some time after I had read them.

In the first, former Congressman Lee Hamilton asks us to pay attention to what politicians are presenting. He also asks us to learn more about our own system of government in order to appreciate the fact that governmental problem solving often requires compromise. He goes on to say that producing agreement on policy is indeed hard work and that just because Congress or a state legislature does not produce exactly what you or I may want in policy does not mean our system is broken.

My take on his commentary is that we have a responsibility to understand our system and to ask for information when ideas are presented to us for consideration.

Taking this advice to heart I then read the piece by our own First District Congressman, Tim Walz. Congressman Walz briefly describes for us legislation he said he has introduced to lower the taxes on middle class folks. To quote the Congressman, "Not only is my bill completely paid for it actually helps to reduce our national debt."

How will this miracle of legislation work? Mentioned are the federal government subsidies oil companies are to receive over the next 10 years. Also mentioned are foreign companies doing business in this country that have established tax havens in other countries to avoid paying "their fair share of taxes." However, we are not told if the subsidies to the oil companies are to be eliminated in the Congressman's proposed legislation. Nor are we told that the legislation will require the foreign companies to pay taxes. The article goes on to state that the Congressman's proposed legislation will repeal government waste and close corporate loopholes and use the saved money to provide the aforementioned middle class tax breaks.

All well and good. But, what actual government waste and which loopholes are we talking about? How does this relate to lowering our national debt? I am not against taxing companies, such as big oil, that have made unheard of profits over the past several months. And, I am not against having companies, foreign or domestic, pay their "fair share". Without specifics, we are being promised the bun, but the meat isn't there. As of August 17th, the specifics were not available on the Congressman's website. In fact, when I used the websites' search function and typed in "Middle Class Tax Fai .....
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Independents will elect the next president

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest poli ..... 
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When it comes to oil, are they stupid or just lying to you?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The economy is in the basement and, to top it off, energy prices are at all time highs causing increases across the board for all goods and services. This is the worst of all worlds; high prices, stagnant job creation, and low wages.

High en ..... 
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A Christian looks at war

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I begin my examination of war by looking at Jesus' words from the Bible. A sampling from the gospels provides these quotes (from The New Revised Standard Version):

"Love your enemies; pray for (them)... ." Matt ..... 
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Musings from the lawn chair

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I don't like my federal government - the Administration, Congress, the whole shooting match - they just don't seem to share my values. The larger the resources available to them to play with, the less I trust them with how they'll use them. Three tr ..... 
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Word Play

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Words are fun. Words are powerful. I love them. I wish I could roll around in a field of them and chew the sweetest and stomp on the ugly ones. I'm no linguist, plain old Midwest English is the best I can handle and I have been accused of sounding l ..... 
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Let's make next year's Fillmore County Fair even better

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Fair has now concluded for 2008. Though some may feel that there are many aspects to criticize, I think we should take a few moments to think about all the positives of our local county celebration.

Most agree the Fillmor ..... 
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Time to take a break from the political reality show

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that the presidential primary contests have ended, enthusiasm for the real Presidential race seems to have dissipated. At least it has for me.

Initially, both Democratic and Republicans primary races were filled with a special drama tha ..... 
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FairTax Bill offers positive change

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Upon telling folks about the FairTax bill, they frequently say, "It'll never happen." This has been the common reaction to every big idea ever proposed in the history of man. If the FairTax plan is such a great idea, if it is much needed, then why w ..... 
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