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Another one from Flaherty - The Dance


Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

When I walked into the Owls, Archie called me over to the table and informed me that the Owls were going to have a dance - whether they wanted to or not.

"Well, if you don't want a dance, why are you having one?"

"We don't have anything to say about it. It's our wives that said we were going to have one and there is nothing we can do about it if we know what's good for us."

"Are you going to have an orchestra, or are you just going to play some recordings?"

"There aren't any orchestras around here that anybody would want to listen to, and we've got to have live music."

"It seems to me you have a problem. What can you do about it?"

"Well, Darwin Downwind thinks he knows a guy that might be able to help us out."

"Did he say what his name is?"

"Banjo Beney."

"I assume that he plays the banjo, and if I am right, how does one dance to a banjo?"

"Well, he's got a lot more stuff than just the banjo. He's got a drum, a mouth organ and a pair of cymbals."

"Well, you've got yourself a band that will either play music or make a lot of noise. It doesn't make any difference because half of us can't dance anyway."

On my way home, I decided that was one dance I was going to sit out.

One moment, please... Tourism involves everyone

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of sitting in on a number of meetings along with experiencing what I consider to be significant influences on the future of each individual community collectively recognized as the sum of our parts ..... 
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What it looks like when Congress does its job

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

If you've ever wondered what members of Congress do to earn their keep, the current health-care debate on Capitol Hill should give you a good idea. This complex legislation, placed on the congressional agenda by President Obama but shaped by the int ..... 
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Daily newspapers, once the backbone of the free press, on life support

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Are daily newspapers, including the New York Times and many others large and small around the county, going to survive in this digital age? I still prefer paging through and reading a newspaper that is physically in my hands. However, in this electr ..... 
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Whatever their tone, we need town hall meetings

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Years ago, when I was still in Congress, I pulled up one day to address a public meeting in a remote and very rural part of Indiana. The sheriff, a friend of mine, met me outside the small volunteer firehouse where I was to speak. "The Ku Klux Klan ..... 
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My biggest fan

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I seem to have one dedicated reader. He sends me anonymous letters that brighten my day. I would like to respond, but he has no return address or name attribution in his letters mailed from Rochester. He appears, from the state of the handwriting, t ..... 
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Great white birds and hope for a troubled world

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

To brighten an overcast, cold and windy November, try a short trip to the eastern edge of Houston County along the Mississippi River where you may join hundreds of people observing the spectacular tundra swan migration. The best places to watch the ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
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On some occasions, I have a variety of subjects to cover in my weekly column. This week, there happens to be two thoughts relating to Harmony, Lanesboro, Preston and Rus ..... 
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Health Care & Confusion

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I admit that I am confused by the overwhelming assault on the senses regarding the health care debate in Congress. One can't read the newspaper or watch TV without seeing some reference to some aspect of health care. The consensus is that changes ne ..... 
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