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A flower has more rights than a landowner


Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

I am one of two property owners who has not agreed to sell my land for the Forestville Trail.

On Tuesday night, the Preston City Council may begin discussing whether to use eminent domain to acquire 2 1/2 acres that I own five miles away from the city for use as a bike trail.

I want to ask you, how is that right? I can't vote for them [Preston City Council]. I can't vote for anyone working for the DNR. I can vote for the president of the United States, and he can send us to Iraq and put us to war. But I don't have the right to vote for anybody who can take my land for a bicycle trail, for recreation.

I don't have anything against a bike trail, because we need recreation, but treat the landowners with respect. Don't run over them.

They've got a whole big trail system they want to build, and bike trails, horse trails and recreation is not going away and landowners are not going away.

The DNR wants to have better landowner relations for hunting and fishing, so, is this the right way to go about it?

It is a privilege to go across this land, it's not a right. They just come out here and run over us.

Isn't it just as important on how the land is acquired for the trail as the trail itself?

I want to get people to think about what is going on here. Because it isn't right. We've been intimidated and misled. I've watched people get laughed at and bullied.

From the beginning this thing has been handled wrong. A lawyer came out and told us what to do and where to go. A surveyor puts a stake in the middle of our land and told me that's where the trail is going to go. He told me they [DNR] will put the trail wherever they want to.

They can go around our land to build their trail. There are other options. Don't tell me about cost, it cost more than a million dollars to build those first two bridges to get out of town.

I was talking to a landowner out west where they were building a trail and he said, 'you know they found a rare flower along the trail, and they stopped the trail right there. And they built a bypass around that flower.' A flower has more rights than a landowner.

So, take a different route to Forestville. They should have talked with us before they started the thing. It's not right that they can come out and do this for a bicycle trail. If it was a hospital or a road, something that everyone needs, I could understand.

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Daylight savings saves more than just daylight

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Microsoft Corp. software gurus (or geeks, as many people refer to them as) have been doing a little hand-wringing as the monumental date March 11, 2007 draws nigh. "Y2K07," as March 11 has been referred to, is the new date the federal government has ..... 
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Personality and politics

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2007
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While certainly not new news, the personal image projected by politicians is a major factor in their ability to be believed and thus elected. Many may recall the debates between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon during the 1960 presidential campaign. P ..... 
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Buggy whips, garter belts and for profit health insurance

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
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"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

~Martin Luther King Jr.

When I started practicing medicine most rural doctors still made house calls. We could carry most of the diagnostic ..... 
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The Bridge to Nowhere and the politics of earmarks

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
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Just yesterday someone told me they thought our past US Representative Gil Gutknecht lost his seat in Congress because he forgot about constituent service.

"You mean," I said, "he quit returning peoples calls?"

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If you think medicine is expensive now, just wait until it's free

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
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I see that Tim Walz is in favor of socialized medicine. Of course he says that it's really not socialized medicine, it's a single-payer system. Let's not play word games with this. It is what it is even if some aspects of it might be privatized. If ..... 
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What do we owe the environment?

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
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"Hey Sara, is this a real job?"

This question was posed to me as I was out recently with some students doing a winter pond study. At first, I thought that maybe the question was an unintentional insult in regard to my choice of careers.
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To rise high and roll onward

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
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Surge, they are calling it.

Insert more than 20,000 troops into Iraq, deploy them in Baghdad, take control of security, stay a short time and get the hell out.

A linguist I heard on the radio analyzed surge as being a wave o ..... 
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The Swamp

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
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Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker to be, promised to "drain the swamp" of ethical corruption if the Democrats captured control. They did and the back tracking by the old bulls of the party has started all ready.

Here are some quotes pu ..... 
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