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It's time to show the world what the U.S is capable of


Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I might get a new outfit for the inauguration. I fear the mail lost my personal invitation to the ball but I sure plan to celebrate in my own living room and the whole country should do the same.

Alright, the economy is tanked, the weather is blustery with no end in sight, the globe is raging with conflict and loading the MP3 Player I got for Christmas is still beyond me but we have one golden moment on the horizon- let's celebrate.

I'm so happy at the prospect of a clean sweep in politics that I can't even be mad at Dubya anymore. We can think of him now as a cartoon strip that got less and less humorous so the paper had to pull it from the comic page. Let the poor, inept man slink back to Texas and be glad most of us survived him.

If Barack Obama wants to light up a cigarette in the Oval Office on Wednesday, let him. FDR and Churchill drank and smoked in our White House and the world is better for their indulgences. If the Obamas get a pound puppy and it makes a puddle on the rug a time or two, we'll pay for cleaning if he can clean up the bigger messes we have all paid for in the last eight years.

Certainly, our new president will have to be moderate with the champagne, given the job he'll have to get down to on Wednesday morning. A hangover will not help him when he greets the dawn and all that it brings for him.

No human on the planet can have all the answers to all the questions before him. If any did, there would have been solutions to the long and intractable problems and the newest ones might never have occurred. Let's begin though, cheering him on for his demonstrated intelligence, calm temperament, broad vision and sincere smile. Bush ducked the shoes tossed by an angry journalist (where was the Secret Service?) but I can see Obama catching them in mid air and offering them back saying, "Sir, you might need these when you are led out of the room." The specific situations he will face are unpredictable but basic character may well decide how they are handled.

The new leaders will disappoint and frustrate us, just as all the old ones have. We are diverse in our views and priorities. Can we all agree within our own families or communities on small things? Not often. So, imagine trying to please all of us! He can't. He won't.

There is much at stake in our nation and a leader and his best guess at the team that can support him can only do what is possible and no more. In this one Golden Momen .....
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Will they just tinker around the edges?

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The editor has asked me to focus my commentaries on healthcare reform efforts and similar subjects. The subject should allow me to be as curmudgeonly as I want to be. I don't agree with any of the politicians and very few of the people I have discuss ..... 
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Capitalism with American characteristics

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

When Deng Xiao Peng emerged from exile after the Cultural Revolution in 1978 and started espousing economic reforms for communist China, he talked about "capitalism with Chinese characteristics."

Over the last 20 years, China's economy has ..... 
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How many zeros?

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Know why they always print 70b or 700b? Because only mathematicians know how many zeros are in a number so large. The reason our math teachers taught us up to the thousands and then used those "to the power of" and algebraic letters was, they had no ..... 
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What will happen when wind turbines arrive in Fillmore County?

Fri, Dec 12th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Earlier this year EcoEnergy, a French-owned corporation with a regional office in Harmony, erected several wind measurement towers between Greenleafton and Harmony. More than 30,000 acres of Fillmore County farmland has been signed up to allow 400' ..... 
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Forgetfulness and counting ballots

Fri, Dec 12th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

If you're like me the mind plays little tricks on you from time to time. Chalk it up to age, too many things to think about; in your mind one second, gone the next.

Is there a difference between forgetfulness and not remembering what you we ..... 
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An Invitation to Democracy

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It's practically an American sport to criticize our elected officials. I probably did my share of thoughtless criticism, too, until I took a job "moonlighting" as a reporter and started regularly attending my local school board and city council meet ..... 
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Corporate Welfare in the Medicare Program

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

How would you like to have a health care insurance plan that allows you to help pay for your neighbors' healthcare insurance plans? That includes neighbors who have six figure incomes. Welcome to the world of Congressmen who succumb to the blandishm ..... 
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A Time to be Thrifty

Fri, Nov 28th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Because I was born in southwest Iowa in the very middle of the Great Depression, and have never been even moderately wealthy, some of my favorite places to shop are the Salvation Army stores, Saver's, Saint Vincent DePaul, and the Depot. Having grow ..... 
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