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We all must do our small part to rebuild Rushford


Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Friday, August 18, was a pretty typical day in Rushford. At least for me. I dragged myself out of bed to go walk the high school track. The R-P football team was practicing next door on the practice field by 7:30 a.m. I like watching their practices-it breaks up what could be a boring exercise routine for me.

I walked three miles that day instead of my usual two. Then it was on to Rushford Foods for cider vinegar and canning lids. I decided to reward myself with a Kwik Trip breakfast sandwich while I filled my car with gas. Driving home, I realized that I'd forgotten to bring the checks I'd meant to cash at the bank. I wondered who was manning the drive-up window that day: Deb, Eileen, Mary or Wanda. I could always cash my checks later.

Another trip to Rushford Foods later in the day for snacks because friends were coming that night, and I forgot my checks again. Oh, well. I stopped at school to sign up my 7th grader for volleyball. "Practice starts Monday in Peterson," Mrs. Kingsley told us. "Bus leaves Rushford at 8:30."

The weather was beautiful that evening and we sat outside with our friends talking about the upcoming school year, the football team, and how the Kwik Trip manager had offered me my breakfast sandwich for free because I'd had to wait seven minutes for it.

The following morning my son's Cub Scout camp was cancelled because of heavy rain, and my husband and I postponed plans to have breakfast downtown at Stumpy's. Maybe next Saturday.

But early Sunday morning, around 2:00 a.m., I woke suddenly with a really bad feeling. So did my eight year old son. A half hour later the city warning siren blew for a long time. My first thought was "tornado?" By now everyone knows that siren was warning residents that Rush Creek was rising rapidly over the dikes, threatening the town and way of life so many of us have come to love, if take for granted.

We are extremely lucky at my house-part of the 1/3 of Rushford homes to remain free of flood damage. A lack of electricity, water, and phone service seemed easy to tolerate as we drove what streets we could Sunday morning. The football field was water littered with garbage and a few small white islands we later learned were drowned turkeys from a nearby farm. The yellow goal posts on the practice field appeared ridiculously short, they were so deep in water.

We were able to drive as far as the Root River Church, where it sits next to Rush Creek. Acros .....
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The bogeyman is gone

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Karl Rove will be departing the White House at the end of August, leaving Washington, our government and the party of Lincoln in tatters. The brains behind George Bush, Rove's take-no-prisoners political tactics set the tone for this presidency, an ..... 
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Enough is enough

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
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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" gett ..... 
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Eisenhower showed us how to get the job done

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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