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The influence of a third party candidate


Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

Even if a third party candidate has little chance of actually winning, the candidacy itself can change the tone of the race and influence the direction of the next administration. In the presidential race a candidate has to poll with at least 15 percent support from the public in order to participate in the major televised debates.

If there is one thing the two major parties have agreed on and have put into place, it is the rules and requirements that make it very difficult to develop a viable third party.

Americans Elect has developed a process for a nonpartisan online convention to provide an alternative presidential ticket. This non-profit organization has been born out of discontent with the two party system which has become increasingly dysfunctional. This dysfunction is in large part due to the hold the extreme elements of each party has over the whole.

Americans Elect is not without criticism, especially the fact that many of its large donors have remained anonymous. However, big money drives the major parties as well.

The organization will allow voters to select the candidates through a nominating process for this nonpartisan candidate. Voters get to decide what are the most important issues and get to choose their candidate. The goal is to "choose leadership that puts country before party and America's interests before special interests." This is definitely a worthy goal.

The very fact that this organization is in existence and already has nearly 2.5 million signatures demonstrates the discontent of many with the current two-party system and the endless campaigns.

Americans Elect does not promote any particular issue or political philosophy. The effort is to get a "directly nominated ticket on the ballot in 2012." The belief is that government can be "more responsive and effective." Leadership is needed that is willing to work in concert toward real solutions, breaking Washington gridlock by producing more responsive government and truly changing politics as usual. With the current dysfunction in Washington, a responsive government doesn't look possible, but a real shake up of the system could effect a positive change.

The level of participation in the recent Iowa caucuses is certainly disappointing. Over two million people are eligible to vote in Iowa. Only 147,255 voted in the caucuses and 122,255 or 5.4 percent voted in the Republican caucuses. The relative influence of this small portio .....
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Guest commentary: An open letter to every American

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

For years I have watched the political scene as the Democrats and Republicans blame each other for all our troubles. It seems the main goal of each party is not to solve America's problems, but to oppose each other. When an article on the subject of ..... 
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Goodbye, so long 2011

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

A new year has begun already. Where did the 2011 go? It was a year of sadness, tragedy, accomplishments and new beginnings. As we look back at the events in our lives, many of us seek to begin the New Year with well-meaning resolutions for change an ..... 
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This will be the year

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I don't think I've ever been as proud to live in Harmony as when they recently decided on their budget. The council members should be commended for taking our budget issues seriously and cutting approximately 15 percent from the 2012 budget. Fillmor ..... 
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One Moment Please... The Secrets of Fillmore County

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Another new year means we have another year of opportunities.

While a fluctuating economic climate can create uncertainty, people are still spending money. National retail results for December 2011 show a remarkable spike in consumer spendin ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Dec 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Today marks an anniversary for the Journal. This newspaper, our last issue of 2011, closes another chapter in the history of our newspaper - now stepping into its 28th year.

One element of discussion at our company on a regular basis is the ..... 
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Emergency landing in Norway

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

We had flown for about fifteen minutes at over 2,000 miles per hour after reaching our cruise climb altitude above 70,000 feet. We had just crossed into international airspace along the northern reaches of the Soviet Union. A bright orange light ill ..... 
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Is the ship sinking?

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

According to a poll by Hill Newspapers, 69 percent of Americans are willing to state that America is in decline. An estimated 83 percent indicate that they are concerned about the future of America.

If we were to look over our shoulder to t ..... 
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In defense of ethanol

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our Dad always told us that there is nothing worse than someone who "thinks they know something, but doesn't know anything." These words kept returning to me all week after I read the response to my commentary about the importance of the Renewable F ..... 
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