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Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

All online comments are unedited and presented as published by the original author.

In response to a commentary titled: Catastrophe, published in the Journal on June 28, 2010

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Article comment by: Fred Spongia

"Catastrophe. Yes it is indeed with all that you have pointed out about the loss of life both human and animal. The loss of jobs in the Gulf area during this economy is also a tough pill to swallow for many. But I have to disagree with several points that were made in this commentary. 1. As many know that befor getting any kind of permit plans must be submitted and approved by the Government (be it local for say like a deck or a new addition to a house, or in this case the Federal). If this is the case I am pretty sure that there was a plan (in theory, as this has never happened at this depth) to contain the leak. The Federal Government came up with a plan after the Alaska EXXON spill. Was this to a failure of having a non-viable plan. 2. Corporations are not persons per say but they are made up of people just like labor unions and other special intrest lobbies who give multi-millions to political parties. What makes them any different? and just a side note that BP gave nearly 1 million to President Obama's campaign. Corporations have many share holders that even if they profit 20 billion that may only work out to less than 10 dollars per share. Is the question ever asked how much did the goverment make from the gross to allow the net of billions in profit. And what did they produce to get their billions? 3. dependence on foreign oil. As I look around I see large fields of planted corn and beans. How was this done? Tractors run on oil products. Not wind not solar or electric not even nuclear. At this point in time no matter how you slice it Oil is the energy source that allows us to survive. I'm not saying that we should not look into other sources and try to develop them. I am just saying that until that time comes like it or not oil is what we have right now, sorry.4.moratorium. When the plane went down in the Hudson did we ground every plane? When a car crashes do we say no driving anymore? This was a Accident. They happen around the world every day. Maybe not on this scale but they happen non the less. Who is at fault is going to be determined by a trial (and you know there are going to be thousands of them). My point is that every thing you do in life has a degree of risk. If you take awa .....
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Catastrophe - 6/28/10

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Imagine thousands of barrels of oil day after day gushing out of a Fillmore County field and spreading across our agricultural land, through our grasslands and forests and into our springfed streams. Property values plummet, businesses close, jobs a ..... 
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There is no substitute for robust oversight

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, it seems like every day brings new word of some calamitous failing at the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency charged with regulating offshore oil drilling. There's an inspector-general's report citing ..... 
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Foreign policy Are we safe or sorry?

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

It is important at this time to take a closer look at our foreign policy as to whether we, as a nation, are on a path to becoming a sanctuary against terrorism. The events of 9/11 are still looming in the background, and the attempted car bombing in ..... 
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Morse - Letter to the Editor

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
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Letter about MN leaders

I appreciate how Minnesota legislators and the governor came together this spring with a solution for providing medical care for the poorest adults in our state through the GAMC program. I know the plan was not perfect ..... 
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Ritchie - Letter to the Editor

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
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Letter about Protecting our Freedoms

Your piece called "Protecting our Freedoms" was inspiring and powerful. Thank you very much for this much needed perspective. If we knew more of our history and about the sacrifices made on our behalf we m ..... 
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Foreign policy

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

It is important at this time to take a closer look at our foreign policy as to whether we, as a nation, are on a path to becoming a sanctuary against terrorism. The events of 9/11 are still looming in the background, and the attempted car bombing in ..... 
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One Moment Please - Outsourcing to India?

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

At least once a week, I receive a phone call from an "offshore outsourcing" company seeking to siphon money out of our local economy in various methods.

For exam ..... 
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If I were a Republican

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

If I were a Republican, I would be kicking walls and weeping.

When did the Grand Old Party give up on the voices of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Quie and Arnie Carlson and start singing along with the shrill cry of the nut bars on the far ..... 
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