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It's time for Cheney to resign


Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

It is time for Dick Cheney to resign his post and stand down as vice president. He is not fit to serve as the second highest official in the land, a mere heartbeat away from the presidency.

The trial of Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby has shed further light on the role of the vice president in manipulating intelligence on Iraq and silencing critics of the administration.

Libby was convicted on Tuesday on two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice.

The trial showed that Libby acted at the behest of Cheney in trying to discredit Joseph Wilson, a critic of the administration's efforts to invade Iraq, by outing his wife, Valerie Plame, a CIA operative. Wilson publicly contradicted the administration's claim that Saddam Hussein was trying to acquire nuclear capabilities from Niger.

While Libby was not convicted of leaking the name of Plame, he was convicted of covering up by lying to a grand jury and obstructing justice.

Libby, while certainly not innocent of crimes, is clearly the fall guy for the vice president and the administration. The trial showed that Cheney gave Libby precise instructions on talking points and which reporters to talk to.

"There is a cloud over what the vice president did," Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said during the trial.

Cheney has run rough shod over a weak president in the White House. There are many who think we wouldn't be in Iraq today if not for the workings of the vice president. And over the last few years, who else stood up to defend wire tapping of citizen's phones and the torture of our enemies but Cheney.

Some will argue that Cheney is a patriot by doing whatever it takes to defeat those who would harm us.

I would argue otherwise. Cheney is a thug in the Slobodan Milosivic mold - willing to use his power to serve his own views and biases, believing that the end justifies the means, even if it means trying to smear another American in an effort to alter the truth.

Dick Cheney's actions have discredited the office of the vice president. It is time for him to step down.

Common Ground

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary



Let's face it - right now on the issue of global warming - there is going to be disagreement. There are people who don't believe that it is happening or that it is caused by human activity and there are the people who agree that global warmi ..... 
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The pause that refreshes *

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Our Root River has put up with a lot. One hundred and forty years ago when my great grandfather settled here, he perched a log cabin on the river's edge and built a mill. We've not let the river alone since: we've straightened it then twisted it, dr ..... 
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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 fr ..... 
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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
Posted in Commentary

"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?"

"No," he sai ..... 
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If you think medicine is expensive now, just wait until it's free

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

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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