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One of a Kind


Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

What this country needs today are strong, forthright and honest people in our government. What we really need are more men like Al Capone. When Al was around, people knew just where he stood. Whenever a problem arose, he took care of it. He didnt need to appoint some committee to investigate the situation for some possible wrong doing. Al believed in immediate action. If someone got out of line, Al would take him aside and show him the error of his ways and rehabilitate him.

Just look at what Al did for the city of Chicago. Not only did he remove a number of racketeers such as Dion OBanion, Hymey Weiss, and Bugs Moran, he established pension funds for Aldermen, Mayors, Judges and Congressmen out of his own pocket. He never cost the taxpayers a cent. As a matter of fact, Al didnt think much of taxes, especially income taxes.

Now suppose Al were the Secretary of State; I know how Al would handle the situation in the Mid-East. He would drop all of those sanctions in Iran and Iraq. Then he would invite Saddam Hussein and all interested parties to a lavish dinner and after dinner he would take them for a ride in the countryside. Then on his way home he would stop in Cuba for a courtesy call on Fidel Castro. Al had a knack for simple solutions to what, on the surface, seemed to be a complex problem.

If Al were asked to look into the energy crisis, he would take an interest in the oil companies and refineries. And the United States would soon be awash in gasoline and California would get all of the Juice that they could pay for.

Al had a talent for regulating just about anything. The Baby Boomers could rest easy and put their cares away if Al were given the chance to reform Social Security and Medicare. If the Boomers wished to put part of their Social Security funds into the private sector, Al would accommodate them. Al was very good with pension funds and when it comes to Medicare, Al knew how to get people into hospitals with little or no paper work and he would see to it that there would be no problems with their medications.

Well, Al is gone now and we will never see his kind again...What a pity.

John Flaherty

The Commute

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, June 18, 2001

People who commute to the big city, in my case Rochester, often have the opportunity to run big city errands for the ones they love. I recently had the chance to pick up a canary and canary equipment at a pet store in Roc ..... 
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"Two-Sixteens, We Called it."

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Thoughts on runawaysEdited By Beth WaterhouseMonday, July 2, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War ..... 
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Niagara Cave

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, June 11, 2001


Our guide flips a switch and plunges us into a darkness so black no eyes can see. It is cold down here over 200 feet below the surface. The roar of a 60-foot waterfall drowns all other sounds. Even those of us who ha ..... 
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"The Great Wall of Weaver"

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

As if near record flooding along the Upper Mississippi was not enough already, mid and late Spring 2001 for the most part proves to be gloomy, cool and gray. With the exception of two or three consecutive sunny, unseasonab ..... 
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Combating Weeds

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, July 2, 2001

Weeding is one garden topic that we can never say enough about. Weeds are the bane of gardeners everywhere, the one thing standing between us and 'House Beautiful.'

In her book, 'My Weeds, A Gardene ..... 
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It must be the altitude!

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

I wandered off again. This time I dragged my family to a combination business conference and vacation in exotic far away Colorado. This is an annual conference that is scheduled for the same week in June every year. It see ..... 
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The Death Penalty, with Chinese Characteristics

Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

The European Parliament, considers capital punishment to be both barbaric and inhumane, regardless of the means by which the death penalty is carried out. They routinely mention the United States in the same breath as Chin ..... 
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Fri, Jun 29th, 2001
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