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It's time to clean house


Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Regime change begins at home, I say. That's why I am not voting for Gil Gutknecht or Mark Kennedy in November. I'll vote for Donald Duck, the town drunk, my dead uncle, or T.C. the Twins mascot before I will vote for either of these incumbents. I might even leave those ballot items blank.

This isn't an endorsement for any candidate or one party, just a rejection of this administration's domestic and foreign policies, and those who have supported them. From our energy policies, to the federal deficit, from the War on Terror to Hurricane Katrina, this administration has shown an incompetence unequalled in recent memory. Our collective outrage over how Bush, Chenny and Rumsfeld have been running this country far outweighs anything positive Messrs. Gutknecht and Kennedy may have done to deserve our support, which is little. I don't care what their position on farm policy or energy is; I don't care where they stand on gay marriage or abortion; I don't care where they stand on immigration reform.

For the past six years, these two have sat complicity idle while the Bush regime has hammered away at our constitution (as in wiretapping, Guantanamo), lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and started a pre-emptive war that has claimed over 3,000 American lives and killed tens of thousands of Iraqis, while creating the largest deficit in the history of the United States.

Gutknecht and Kennedy do not deserve my vote, and will not get it. And I hope they don't get your's either.

There is no other national need at this time other than creating an opposition force to the Bush Administration. One that controls the pocket book and is willing to use the powers of Congress to block the excesses of the Executive branch.

When Gutknecht was first elected to Congress twelve years ago, he claimed to be a Beltway fixer along with his Contract With America pals.

The contract begins: "As Republican members of the House of Representatives and as citizens to join the body we propose not just to change its policies, but even more important, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives."

That trust has been violated; the contract is up.

Gutknecht and Kennedy have voted more than 90 percent of the time to support Bush's policies. And it's time to clean house.

Regime change begins at home. As an independent voter, I will cast my ballot for anyone but these two.

The earth is burning up and we don't seem to care

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Anyone who still scoffs when the global warming subject is brought up must either have his or her head stuck quite deeply into the sand or slept through the past month. In all of my 50-plus years, I cannot remember a spell when it has stayed as hot ..... 
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An immediate cease fire is needed in Lebanon

Wed, Aug 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"You see the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s--t and it's all over."

George Bush to Tony Blair at the St. Petersburg G8 Summit, referring to the conflict in Lebanon.

According to Presi ..... 
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Why not offer a smoke-free night?

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
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"Just try it. You might find that you like it."

I really don't know how many times I've utilized that sage line of thinking when trying to encourage our daughter to give a healthy entrée a try. Usually, the eatable item is a vegetable. I'm s ..... 
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Administrative Law Judge will decide Spring Valley Ponds case

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The July 17 article by John Bondhus in the Fillmore County Journal, "Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds" hardly is worth the effort to respond to. But a few points where he has committed slander against Jeff Broberg and me need to be corre ..... 
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Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds

Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A front-page story in the June 12th edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press addressed my efforts to “turn an old hatchery into a world-class fish farm and park” and detailed many of the state permitting issues that have put the project on hold. In the ..... 
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Open enrollment and athletic eligibility

Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

An Associated Press story that ran in quite a few Minnesota dailies last week caught my attention. According to the article, the Minnesota State High School League has reacted to complaints of abuses of the state’s open enrollment rules by appointin ..... 
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A chicken in every pot

Fri, Jul 7th, 2006
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Governor Tim Pawlenty, fresh from his Republican endorsement as a candidate for a second term to lead the state, proposed back in June to offer free tuition for the first two years to the top 25 percent of Minnesota’s high school graduating class at ..... 
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Friendship is fading

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A “friend,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is “a person whom one knows, likes and trusts; a favored companion; one with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade; one who supports, sympathizes with or patronizes.”

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