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Investment in America's infrastructure - One path to a better future


Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Let's face it, America has been short changing its future by falling behind in the development of necessary, innovative, modern infrastructure and the maintenance of existing infrastructure. According to a recent CNN documentary, America invests less than two percent of its gross national product (GNP) on its infrastructure.

Some of our infrastructure is crumbling and we are failing to compete with other industrialized nations in the creation of modern transportation systems to relieve traffic congestion. Deteriorating and out of date infrastructure is a safety issue, slows progress, and fails to attract business, reducing the country's ability to compete globally.

Putting off investment in infrastructure is not a reasonable option. Delay in catching up will only increase costs; costs to citizens, businesses and the eventual financing of infrastructure projects. Money spent on necessary maintenance will limit expensive reconstruction costs down the road.

Incentives for public-private partnerships are needed. A public-private partnership (P3) is an agreement between a private entity and a public sector entity for the financing of transportation projects. There are P3 contractual agreements in fourteen states. Infrastructure is one area where we can't afford to cut spending, instead spending needs to be increased in a responsible way.

I last wrote about restoring the American Dream. A long term innovative plan to build and maintain infrastructure is an important ingredient to the restoration of the American Dream and American exceptionalism.

We don't have time for costly Washington gridlock.

BAF Ed Fund

Past and present elected officials that together want to build a better America have joined an organization, Building America's Future Educational Fund (BAF Ed Fund). The organization was founded and is co-chaired by former governor Ed Rendell (D) Pennsylvania, former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) California, and current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I).

Their focus is on "economic growth and global competitiveness, job creation, and environmental sustainability." Their definition of infrastructure includes roads, bridges, water and sewer, energy systems, trains, ports, airports, dams, schools, and housing. Their method of reaching their goal is through the education of public officials.

The intent is to create a forward thinking policy in the building of infrastructure .....
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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 h ..... 
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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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