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The future is now


Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

How does our nation determine the direction it needs to take in order to continue on the pathway to economic and social success? In order to find a direction in which our nation should move, first we need to look back and see where we have been. In my lifetime, I have watched the creation of television, computer and internet, a super highway system uniting our nation built, mankind on the moon accomplished, and suffered through cold wars, hot wars and mild recessions. Throughout all this, I as well as other Americans, stuck by our values and beliefs knowing that we represented a nation which had a "yes we can" mentality. I believe that as a nation we had faith in our system of government and a sense that the direction that where we were heading was based on the fact that if we worked hard enough and had talent we could get ahead regardless of race, creed or color.

I have a problem adjusting to the mass media headlines and listening to the public dialogue responses to the status of our current economic decline. I am dismayed with the complete failure of all phases of government. I am amazed that people who I never heard talk about these issues now openly speak in total despair of our nation's ability to address any of the major issues facing our nation today. I am perplexed at the amount of deflated values Americans seem to have of themselves and the decline of the nation to which they love.

What people talk about is not really what needs to be expressed openly. The gigantic problem, which needs to be addressed, deals with debts and deficits. These issues are of paramount importance today as well as in the future. Each and every day we add $3 billion to our deficits and have to borrow 39 cents of every dollar we spend. This information was provided by former Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the bipartisan commission, created by President Obama to try to get our deficits under control. It is worthy to note that President Obama walked away from their recommendations, even though as Simpson said, "He was the one who asked us to write it (the report)."

At the present time this nation has 79 million baby boomers on the road to retirement. How secure is the payout through the Social Security system for these people? Does dropping from a Triple A bond rating to Double A indicate that investors will now think twice before placing money into government trust? We didn't just wake up three years ago and find our nation in a terrible financ .....
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Guest Commentary: Dobie Days

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

I would like to address the article, "Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues." These "issues" stem from a conflict with a neighbor, with whom we had a good relationship in the past. As a landowner I have a right to not allow people on my p ..... 
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One Moment Please... Let's roll the dice a few more times

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

Included with today's Journal, you'll find a copy of our third annual Progress Edition.

To me, this additional publication signifies something in the order of a State of the Union for Fillmore County. This publication gives us an update on t ..... 
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The influence of a third party candidate

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

Even if a third party candidate has little chance of actually winning, the candidacy itself can change the tone of the race and influence the direction of the next administration. In the presidential race a candidate has to poll with at least 15 per ..... 
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Guest commentary: An open letter to every American

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

For years I have watched the political scene as the Democrats and Republicans blame each other for all our troubles. It seems the main goal of each party is not to solve America's problems, but to oppose each other. When an article on the subject of ..... 
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Goodbye, so long 2011

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

A new year has begun already. Where did the 2011 go? It was a year of sadness, tragedy, accomplishments and new beginnings. As we look back at the events in our lives, many of us seek to begin the New Year with well-meaning resolutions for change an ..... 
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This will be the year

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I don't think I've ever been as proud to live in Harmony as when they recently decided on their budget. The council members should be commended for taking our budget issues seriously and cutting approximately 15 percent from the 2012 budget. Fillmor ..... 
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One Moment Please... The Secrets of Fillmore County

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Another new year means we have another year of opportunities.

While a fluctuating economic climate can create uncertainty, people are still spending money. National retail results for December 2011 show a remarkable spike in consumer spendin ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Dec 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Today marks an anniversary for the Journal. This newspaper, our last issue of 2011, closes another chapter in the history of our newspaper - now stepping into its 28th year.

One element of discussion at our company on a regular basis is the ..... 
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