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Enough is enough


Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Had enough? Tired of the war? Tired of the government seemingly helpless (or is it hapless?) to deal with the problems directly in front of them? Tired of paying taxes and not getting the bang for your buck you had expected? Tired of the "rich" getting richer and us normal folks not? Tired of bridges falling down? Tired of riding on roads that have more bumps and patches than smooth surfaces? Tired of the costs of routine living going up while your income does not? Tired of politicians telling us that they are on our side and will lead us to the land of plenty? Tired of TV pundits and talking heads analyzing everything about everything without shedding light on any subject?

Things are definitely out of control. Members of Congress seem to be more interested in scoring points and winning their "inside the beltway battles" than they are in reaching compromises that will benefit the majority of Americans. The state legislature and the Governor can't agree on major issues either.

It appears that members of Congress and members of the state legislature have lost sight that they work for us. We pay their salaries. We pay their health care, which is most likely more comprehensive than that of 90% of the people in this country. Is it too much to ask that they get some things done that benefit us all? Is it too much to ask that they stop their silly name calling and partisan BS and do something? Sure, one can say, "well, if you don't like what they do, then vote them out of office". But, by then it's too late. And, you have to start all over again, trying to break in a new guy.

What we need now is a concerted effort by everyday folks, you and me, to tell our representatives that we want action. You and I don't have to agree on what action should be taken on a specific issue. But, we should, we must, tell our representatives what it is we want. This takes work on our part. This requires that we have and understanding of some of the issues that are important to us and then let our representatives know. We can write letters, we can phone their offices, we can send them e-mails. It doesn't matter how they are contacted. What matters is that they have heard from us. If they are as smart as they think they are, they will listen. If we don't, if we continue to sit by and let them go on as they have been, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Alan Lipowitz lives in Peterson.

Eisenhower showed us how to get the job done

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

As a young boy I remember exploring the tall sand hills about a mile from where I grew up in Austin. At the time I was too little to know what they were to be used for.

A few weeks ago, I drove over that same hilly ground I first visited in ..... 
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Bush the Blacksmith

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

As a philosopher, President Bush would make a good blacksmith.

The House and Senate are debating extending one of the most successful healthcare programs, the State Children's Health Insurance Program or SCHIP. Bush says he is opposed to the ..... 
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Bush talks to an Old Testament God

Sat, Jul 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

After the 2004 election, I was mystified over the "moral values" thing. The notion that George Bush's lying about WMD and the killing of so many innocent people in Iraq could be parlayed into good election karma never occurred to me.

And th ..... 
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God bless our troops, bring them home

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If the politicians who call for war were the soldiers headed for the trenches, there would be no war.

I'm not really sure where or when I read that thought-provoking statement, but I certainly feel it is quite valid. I hope what I have to sa ..... 
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The nuclear "comb over"

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

We've all seen them. You try not to look, but it's inevitable with the worst ones. You know what I'm talking about, the "comb over". Yes, we all have seen the individual who either combs the hair from one side of his head over his entire head or eve ..... 
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Lying is lying

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

June 21, 2007, less than two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sentencing of Victor Rita. Mr. Rita is a 25 year veteran of the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam and Gulf I. He has received 35 medals during his service. He ..... 
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The rest of the story Rushford Village council speaks out about police service

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

There has been a lot of commentary in the local press recently concerning police services for the City of Rushford Village and the City of Rushford canceling the "Agreement of Understanding" to provide certain police services to the Village as a bac ..... 
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"The Graduate" revisited

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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"Benjamin...I just want to say one word to you...just one word...are you listening......switchgrass. There's a great future in switchgrass...think about it. Will you think about it?" Imagine if Mr. McGuire had uttered "switchgrass" into Benjamin Bra ..... 
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