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Is the ship sinking?


Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

According to a poll by Hill Newspapers, 69 percent of Americans are willing to state that America is in decline. An estimated 83 percent indicate that they are concerned about the future of America.

If we were to look over our shoulder to the past, or if we learned anything about history from school, parents or grandparents, we would discover that our country was designed and built on our efforts. As a nation we all worked together, taking pride in our accomplishments and our ingenuity. Together we built up our country with state and federal governments staying out of the way as "we the people" established homes, cities, and developed a large business enterprise. When our country was young, if you failed in a business, be it farming or commercial, you lost everything. There was no government agency waiting in the wings to help you pay off your debt or to re-finance you with a large bankroll. We shouldered the blame and moved on. We survived because we as a country fought through hardship, sacrificed, and scraped by in order to move forward. It seemed that the entire country was on the same wavelength. We were willing to join hands and work for the common good of the nation.

As a result, the world's strongest and greatest democracy was built. It was built not by politicians, but by citizens who through blood, sweat, and tears were willing to sacrifice for the benefit of all. The rules of behavior were honored by citizens and religious freedom was deeply imbedded in the hearts and souls of all citizens.

Time, however has changed our thinking; cracks in the foundation began to appear in the 1960s. The Vietnam era brought the horrors of war into the living rooms of all citizens. Those pictures we watched spurred the questions of the day to the younger generations. "Why is America involved in Southeast Asia, and why are we being drafted to fight in a conflict we cannot understand?" As the war in Vietnam raged, Americans at home became suspicious of government intent. Respect for authority and established laws fell by the wayside to be replaced by drugs and free love. For the first time, many Americans now classified their view of America as an oppressor and the once proud "American Way" began to crumble. The values, beliefs and traditions which had helped to establish our country's greatness turned to dust. Citizens began to "do their own thing" and laws were to be broken.

While the war in Vietnam dragged on in a seemingly endl .....
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In defense of ethanol

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our Dad always told us that there is nothing worse than someone who "thinks they know something, but doesn't know anything." These words kept returning to me all week after I read the response to my commentary about the importance of the Renewable F ..... 
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Investment in America's infrastructure - One path to a better future

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Let's face it, America has been short changing its future by falling behind in the development of necessary, innovative, modern infrastructure and the maintenance of existing infrastructure. According to a recent CNN documentary, America invests les ..... 
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Ethanol not the solution

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Thank you Eunice for your recent pro-ethanol article in yesterday's journal. I did not know how good ethanol was for me until you told me.

I see that the Biel agricultural operation covers 562 acres in Bristol township. Robert Biel is your h ..... 
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Keeping OPEC out of our economy

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Visit any modern day ethanol plant and you will find that today's ethanol industry is an innovative, entrepreneurial, high-tech industry that is uniquely positioned to help America achieve energy independence.

American ethanol innovators are ..... 
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One moment, please... 3rd Annual Turkey Day Run

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As I get a little older, the desire and passion to run any distance becomes less and less each year. However, having a goal helps to keep me motivated. During this time of year, with the holidays working me over like a punching bag with piles of del ..... 
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Choices

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The Journal readership is fortunate to have someone with courage and common sense as an editor. I have only talked with Jason a few times, but have learned enough to know that he can't be pegged as either a Democrat or Republican. He's far too smart ..... 
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Christmas 2011- birth of a new tradition

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

From Justine Brewer

President- Southwick's Zoo Mendon, Mass.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods- merchandise that has been ..... 
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Simple Questions?

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Here are some simple questions that have the same fairly simple answer. The questions are: what is our country's standard of living based on; what does our country's standard of living mirror; and what does the money we earn reflect?

The an ..... 
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