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Ethanol not the solution


Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Thank you Eunice for your recent pro-ethanol article in yesterday's journal. I did not know how good ethanol was for me until you told me.

I see that the Biel agricultural operation covers 562 acres in Bristol township. Robert Biel is your husband, and I have learned that you grow a lot of corn, thus benefitting big-time financially from all of that ethanol tax that us commoners have had to pay, both to the state and federal governments. Since my tax money for ethanol has been used for so many worthwhile government projects, like corn support prices, that might be OK.

Your farmland drains into the Iowa River Watershed so your runoff with your fertilizers and pesticides mixed in do not affect me. I do not fish in the Iowa River. And your runoff is not entering our trout streams either or polluting wells in the Whitewater area, like we know has happened in so many places. But I wish you would stop promoting corn-based ethanol in your articles because indirectly you then are promoting contamination of our trout streams.

My teeth really start gnashing when knowing that Midwest corn production has created a 70-mile dead zone in the Gulf at the mouth of the Mississippi River. That's near my winter-spring wade-fishing waters. Nitrogen runoff from Ag fields in the Midwest has depleted the oxygen supply there, which was documented in the U MN Troubled Waters documentary film, involving seven years of research and peer-reviewed by many of the top scientists in the nation. But, last September, Big Ag successfully stopped the showing of that film for a while to keep the public from learning the truth about the bad effects of corn-based ethanol in our environment.

It's a good thing that I ran that film on the Gulf Shores Forum so down there they learned who is permanently destroying their waters. Oil consuming bacteria have pretty much consumed that big oil spill but that Midwest, ag-related dead zone is still there.

Finally, I must ask you if it's good for me to ruin my small engines, outboard motor and old pickup engine with that 10 percent ethanol blend fuel that I am forced to buy here. Should I have to pay taxes (subsidies) for the privilege of wrecking my equipment? Thankfully, a good mechanic here let me know about the cause of my equipment problems and told me where I could buy some good ethanol-free gas.

Maybe my days of wade-fishing are over due to my severe cancer but hopefully what I have said will help sav .....
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Keeping OPEC out of our economy

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Visit any modern day ethanol plant and you will find that today's ethanol industry is an innovative, entrepreneurial, high-tech industry that is uniquely positioned to help America achieve energy independence.

American ethanol innovators are ..... 
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One moment, please... 3rd Annual Turkey Day Run

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As I get a little older, the desire and passion to run any distance becomes less and less each year. However, having a goal helps to keep me motivated. During this time of year, with the holidays working me over like a punching bag with piles of del ..... 
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Choices

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The Journal readership is fortunate to have someone with courage and common sense as an editor. I have only talked with Jason a few times, but have learned enough to know that he can't be pegged as either a Democrat or Republican. He's far too smart ..... 
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Christmas 2011- birth of a new tradition

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

From Justine Brewer

President- Southwick's Zoo Mendon, Mass.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods- merchandise that has been ..... 
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Simple Questions?

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Here are some simple questions that have the same fairly simple answer. The questions are: what is our country's standard of living based on; what does our country's standard of living mirror; and what does the money we earn reflect?

The an ..... 
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One moment, please... Minnesota: The State of Hypocrisy

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Born and raised here in Minnesota, I'm a fan of everything about our great state, except for our government.

I don't care what controlling party is leading the charge, Democrat, Republican or Jesse Ventura, it's all the same; a government bu ..... 
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Freedom: an endangered species

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Unfortunately, there are times when the citizens of the United States take our freedoms too lightly. We have become complacent in our thinking that the government will take care of all of our needs. We have asked government to do more for us on the ..... 
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Is the American dream history?

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
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The American Dream as defined by James Adams (1931) is a better and fuller life by everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of circumstances of birth. For many throughout our history the American Dream has r ..... 
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