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Shop 'til it feels better


Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Archeologists and anthropologists have unearthed ancient civilizations and been able to determine the core values of their cultures from the stones and rubble left behind.  The Egyptians built pyramids and monuments to bury their kings and princes, a tribute to belief in the political power of the aristocracy.  Civilizations have been built around grand cathedrals, temples and mosques, honoring belief in spiritual strength.  Castles and palaces give praise to royal families, for better or worse.

In 10,000 years or so, they will unearth us:  Malls, insurance companies and banking giants.  They will understand our belief that God is in the Mall and we will find him there.   We are there, seven days a week with extended hours on High Holy Days- white sales and such.  No quest of less value could so occupy this vast land. It breaks all barriers of race, gender and economics.  It's where we meet and greet.  We bring our children within the first weeks of their lives so they will know the rituals at Toys R Us by preschool.  The old folks are there, walking like a search party combing the brush for some item they may need before all the items they already own go up for auction.  The dedication of our youth, however, must look like a host of heavenly angels to the retail gods.  They are our bravest soldiers on this mission, marching daily with nothing but Karmel Korn and Cinnabon for rations.  Their joy is self evident.

Now we are told the economy is suffering a bad patch.  This is worrisome news for the merchants that bring all this pleasure our way.  Since our president has this personal relationship with the gods of retail therapy who deliver hope for a life with full garages and U Store Units, he has tossed the congregation a bone.

Don't get me wrong, I am not sending my $600 back.  However, can we pause a moment before signing another credit card agreement, and ask who will actually pay for this largesse?

Can we dare to imagine if those dollars had been put into our public education system, our libraries or day care subsidies for working parents?  These would have been beneficial to the generation who will pick up that tab when the bill comes.  Didn't the whole idea feel a little like the "kept" woman who whined about being bored and Sugar Daddy tossed off a roll of cash from the kids piggy bank and said "Here 'lil darlin'- go buy yo .....
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What do they really mean?

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Several days ago I had a conversation with a friend and professional colleague. We've known each other about 5 years and have enjoyed many interesting exchanges. Our topics this day ranged a bit and finally settled on the economy, specifically, the ..... 
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Our Energy, Our Future

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It seems like every time America discovers it has a crisis on its hands, our government wakes up and proposes a crash program to fix it. Henry Ford was one of the first to observe it and even coined a name for it: "the crisis-crash syndrome."

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Baloney! It's not your fault

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last week a politician in a radio interview said unless Americans change their ways the cost of health care would soon consume 20% of the GDP. The inference was our unhealthy life style is responsible for the rise in costs.

He was the secon ..... 
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The next seven generations

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." And there are none so blind as those who will not see... or are blinded by fear and greed...."

But, of course, it's "depressing" to watch the documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth or The Planet. ..... 
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Beautiful, suspicious, hospitable

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is so unbelievably magnificent it is difficult to describe, and truly a study in contradictions. We were only there for ten days, so these thoughts and observations are far from comprehensive. I do not choose to w ..... 
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INC. for President

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I figured out the problem with political races- human beings are just too flawed to withstand such scrutiny and pressure. We get to see all their weaknesses, their peculiar family members that remind us of our peculiar family members. We hear about ..... 
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Why Bio?

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In an increasingly competitive world marketplace, every region must identify and build upon areas of strategic advantage. Here in southern Minnesota, the bio-sciences offer us that edge. What is bio-science?

Bio-science applies biological te ..... 
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Farmers aren't to blame for increased food costs

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In a world of finger pointing, farmers have had to shoulder the blame for the increased costs of food, when in reality, the facts point to other influences that contribute to the rising costs. I would like to share some statistics with you:

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