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Is it really tea time?


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The Tea Party movement has been receiving a great deal of attention of late. The recent Nashville convention featuring keynote speaker Sarah Palin garnered worldwide media coverage. However, there were more reports about the costs of attending the convention, Ms. Palin's speaking fee, and her not-so-well hidden palm crib notes, rather than the objectives and goals of the gathering itself.

An internet cruise brings a plethora of information about the Tea Party movement. For those interested, here are two websites: Tea Party Patriots claims to be the official home of the tea party movement while the Tea Party Nation seems to lay claim to that honor as well. In addition, several national newspapers (Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Times) have recent articles about the Tea Party movement. In reading these articles and reviewing these and other Tea Party websites, I am struck by the dissatisfaction with, and anger for, the federal government expressed therein. It reminds me of the character in the 1976 movie "Network," played by the late Peter Finch. I recall he portrayed a television news anchor who became increasingly upset with the state of the country and the world on which he had to report each night. Ultimately, he lost his cool and in a rage shouted, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." While I don't believe those who share the views of the Tea Party are deranged, they are certainly upset and seem mad as hell. It is this dissatisfaction and anger that is one of the motivating forces behind the movement. And, to them it is an expression that those in government are not listening to and working for the everyday person.

The movement started as a protest against the Democratic sponsored health care initiative. It soon morphed into protests against taxes, a government that is thought to be too big, Medicare, Medicaid, and even Social Security. At the same time fringe groups emerged or re-emerged to join forces with the Tea Party folks. These included, among others, the "birthers," the gun rights folks, strict constitutionalists (whatever that means), and the anti-immigration advocates. One rallying cry was "protect our freedom" as if the government was trying to take it away. What exactly is the government doing to take away our freedoms? A coherent explanation is required.

It is difficult to imagine how anyone with any sense of how government can work for its people would wish to do away with Medicar .....
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One Moment Please - What is important?

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

I'm stepping back from making any political statements this week. Instead I'm sharing my thoughts on what I feel is most important in all of our lives: family.

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How about some common sense

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Imagine that you've legally parked your car on a city street. When you return, a stack of traffic citations rests on the windshield even though your tires are in the lines and your meter shows time remaining. You have been fined because other parked ..... 
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Pick Your Heroes

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

l Graham Nash wrote a song in about 1970, and I hope he won't sue me for sharing a few lines:

Teach your children well/Their fathers hell/will slowly go by.

And feed them on your dreams/the one they pick's/the one you'll know by.
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What Makes A Good Politician

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Members of Congress play a central role in our lives. They shape our health-care system, make crucial decisions about the U.S. economy, and represent the hopes and interests of every American in Washington. Given this fact, I'm always surprised that ..... 
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How To Be A Better Lover?

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 19:19 NIV

Many think of love as something that comes easy. Usually it is because people misunderstand the term "love." To be a really loving person can be challenging. Can you think of a command in th ..... 
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The Cause of the Recession

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The root cause of our recession is very simple. Government and politicians created this mess. Not the market system, not greed, not a misalignment of the stars and planets, not even a conspiracy of big bankers, industrialists, or trivial Hollywood a ..... 
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One Moment Please

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
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With this issue of the Fillmore County Journal, officially the one year anniversary since my wife and I purchased the newspaper in 2009, we have received overwhelming fe ..... 
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When it comes to Atrazine, farmers & rural communities deserve a science-driven review

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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During the past half-century, atrazine has become one of the most widely used herbicides in Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest. Unfortunately, it is also top of the list in another category: it is the most commonly detected pesticide in our state ..... 
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