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Guest Commentary: Liquor store, new city building, or money pit


By Brett Kues

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
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By Brett Kues

I recently watched a speech given at the Fellowship Foundation National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. by Dr Benjamin Carson. He told a story about a friend who loved to buy his mom expensive and extravagant Christmas gifts. On one memorable Christmas, he found some amazing birds that could talk, and sing and cost $5000 apiece. He sent his mom two. On Christmas day, he called his mom and asked how she liked the birds, to which she responded, they were delicious. The friend got upset and said they weren’t to eat; they were amazing beautiful birds that could sing, and that could talk. The mom simply replied that if that was the case they should have spoken up.

Currently, our small town of 1731 people (usacityfacts.com) has a debt load of around $10.5 million. This equates to $6065.85 per resident. This number is going to increase shortly when the city pays around $1.75 million for the highway project going from bridge to bridge down Main Street. When this project is complete, every person in town will then owe an additional $1000.00, bringing your debt load to nearly $7100.00 for every man, woman, and child, or around $17,000.00 per household. I am not complaining about the highway project. Our town needs good infrastructure if it is to continue.

What I am concerned about is the big picture, the $17,000.00 big picture. Recently, there was an article on golocalprov.com discussing the debt crisis Rhode Island is in because of the debt-laden communities. This article says that Rhode Island towns have an average debt per resident of $2,344 per resident with the most debt-laden towns approaching an alarming $5000. If experts consider $2300 per resident a debt crisis, what would they say about a town carrying over three times that?

Next week the city council is going to vote on whether or not to spend over $200,000 to remodel the liquor store for use as a new city hall. If they approve this spending, how are they going to pay for it? Do they have the cash in the bank? Or, more likely, are they going to borrow the money in our names and add the bill to our debt load? Either way, I must say I strongly oppose this plan. Is the building condemned? Is it crumbling down? No. So why can’t the city move into it the way it is, make some minor renovations like adding phone lines, and computer connections, and get by? That is what we are all doing.

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Guest Commentary: Legislature must pass Senate File 786 to protect rural communities from frac sand rush

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
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By Vince Ready For the first time in my life, I travelled to the State Capitol from my home in Saratoga Township in Winona County. I was there with many of my neighbors and concerned citizens to let the Legislature know that they must act to protec ..... 
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Me like hockey

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
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In a classic case of “Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone,” I find myself paying more attention to the professional hockey season this year than I ever really have before. I have to admit, when the negotiations broke down, I thought to ..... 
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What’s ahead in Congress this year

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
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Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don’t let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthc ..... 
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Stupid is as stupid does

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
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This well known quote from Forrest Gump seems to mean a person is tagged with the label of stupid when he or she does stupid things, regardless of that person’s intelligence. Our national political leaders have once again earned this designation. ..... 
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We are all a nation of immigrants

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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By Frank W. Hawthorne “A [Christian] religious outlook permeates Arnold Toynbee’s “Study of History, 1934-1961” and made it especially popular in the United States, for Toynbee rejected Greek humanism, the Enlightenment belief in humanity ..... 
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One Moment Please... Challenging conventional wisdom

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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I tend to gravitate toward non-fiction, informational reading and multimedia content, and I have recently taken an interest in articles and videos about organizational culture and education systems. This past week seemed to be a mixture of both. Ch ..... 
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Our current economic mess

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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More than 30 years ago I watched a five-part special on the military that one of the big television networks ran. It was full of inaccuracies, misrepresentation, and outright lies. It was garbage, or as close to it as you can get. That was a tipping ..... 
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To insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis It appears that if we want to “Insure Domestic Tranquility and Promote the General Welfare,” we Americans will have to find a way to combat the growing violence in our society. I was taught that all of us are born into t ..... 
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