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More important things to worry about than manmade climate change


Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Two earthquakes and their tsunamis have caused upwards of 300,000 deaths over the last few years. Thus reminding us again that the world we live in is violent and dangerous. By the way, the USGS says that 39 states are in active seismic zones.

The roughly 600 mile Cascadia fault line along the west coast is a subduction zone that may cause a tremor as large as the one that recently hit Japan. Its tsunami could be similar in size. That quake will cause a few deaths as well, but aren't you glad scientists are working so hard and spending so much taxpayer money on eradicating manmade climate change? They don't call it global warming anymore. Not enough evidence.

There is also the San Andreas fault that is due for an "adjustment." That fault line, east of Los Angeles, is hung up and will eventually shift. When? We don't know, but a USGS official has said that when it does, they expect the Pacific plate to move at least 30 feet north along the North American plate. That isn't comforting, but what is even more disconcerting is that the physical record indicates that the Pacific plate has moved as much as 90 feet during one of these periodic quakes. I don't know what magnitude this little wiggle will produce, but we do know that it will be a catastrophe. The body count could be very high, but aren't you happy scientists are working so hard and spending so much taxpayer money on eradicating deadly manmade climate change?

Some scientists are worried about super tsunamis. Although there is some debate about them, these tsunamis occur when a part of a large island collapses back into the ocean. There are at least two candidates that may cause one of these. One is the big island of Hawaii, and another is one of the Canary islands in the Atlantic. Such a tsunami could wipe out significant coastal region areas in the Pacific or Atlantic. That means a lot of dead people, but aren't you pleased scientists are working so hard and spending so much taxpayer money on eradicating dangerous manmade climate change? 

Experts tell us that it is not a matter of if we get hit by a substantial asteroid, it is a matter of when. Who knows how significant that might be. Life, as we know it, could be wiped out, but aren't you ecstatic scientists are working so hard and spending so much taxpayer money on eradicating "proven," kind of maybe, manmade climate change?

There are, in addition, extraordinarily violent weather outbreaks. Typhoon .....
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One Moment Please... Opportunities to get involved

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Cell phone: 507-251-5297

As you navigate today's Journal, you'll notice an abundance of opportunities to get involved - literally something for everybody. Please consider this commentary sort of like one of the "choose your own adventure" bo ..... 
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Creating jobs v. creating wealth

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Unless you have been living in a cave the past few years, you know that our country has been in the midst of a giant recession. Unemployment hovers around 9.4 percent with 37 million on food stamps, and politicians ranting and raving to have the gov ..... 
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Campaigns to be flush despite weak economy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
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Be prepared to be carpet bombed by political ads as never before leading up to the 2012 elections. There are estimates that from $6 to $8 billion will fuel campaigns, with over half of that money funding TV, radio ads, and to a lesser extent, print ..... 
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Lessons from 9/11

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
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It's been 10 years since 9/11, and we have learned countless lessons since then. Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He wrote of ten lessons that we should all keep in mind when the naysayers and critics ..... 
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One Moment Please... A lemonade stand

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As the 25th anniversary of our world famous trails approached, I knew this was going to be one of the most significant news events I would cover in 2011. So, I dedicated my weekend to visiting all eight trail towns to capture the essence of how each ..... 
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Government spending

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
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Our founders clearly did not foresee the dangers posed by the creation of hundreds of government bureaucracies. Consequently, they did not include any means that would restrain or eliminate the many governmental functions and programs that are ineff ..... 
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One Moment Please...

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
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Great stories, memories and Scrabble

I remember playing Scrabble at the kitchen table against my great-grandmother, Mabel Leighty, as she seemingly made up words I had never heard of on her way to an unopposed victory. I was 12 at the time, b ..... 
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One Moment Please...

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
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Unless you've been living in a cave for the past 10 years, surely you are aware of the haunting demise of the United States Postal Service.

While it's easy to point fingers at something like the Internet - and trust me, I have - because I th ..... 
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