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Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

There were lots of interesting things going on in the news this past week.

Impeached former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (careful how you say that - your kids might be within earshot), and his plentiful head of hair, were indicted on 16 felony counts of racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators. Isn't that in the job description for any Illinois politician?

My wife and I lived in Illinois, south of Chicago, for three years during the scandalous Governor George Ryan years. Republicrats or Democons in Illinois -- they're all the same to me.

Illinois politicians seem to strive for an "A" in creativity when it comes to scams.

In other news, suspended NFL Quarterback (and recently imprisoned) Michael Vick had his attorney announce that he will go work for a construction company after he leaves federal prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation. He does want to play professional football again, so this is expected to be a temporary job. Since Mike is looking for work, does anyone need a dog-sitter?

On a local level, we have a number of interesting items in the works.

The closing of the Forestville Bridge appears to be far from a conclusion. There are a number of organizations and governmental entities involved, so I'd suggest grabbing a Snickers bar. "Not going anywhere for a while?" Literally.

On the lighter side, based on a recent non-sanctioned survey conducted at my desk on a Thursday night at about 11:17 p.m., there are more Easter egg hunts per capita occuring in Fillmore County than anywhere else in the Milky Way Galaxy. Of course, this is fantastic for little ones, wishing to hunt for oval treasures and chocolate delights.

But, it's not good for me.

It reminds my wife of a time she will not let me forget.

Several years ago, on my way home from work one evening, I stopped by the store to pick up a few items, and they had chocolate Easter bunnies on sale. It was a close-out situation. Bear in mind, this was during a time prior to us having children.

With the commodities of the Easter bunny losing value like a current share of AIG, I bought when the market was down and I ate when the market (my hunger) was up.

What my wife won't let me forget is that I bought two bunnies, and they were easily consumed within a six-mile stretch -- they both didn't make it home. I had good intentions, but I also had not eaten lun .....
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Duel: France and America, scalpels at 10 paces

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I picked France because it is the poster child of indulgent laziness and "nanny statism" for all those rugged individualists who live by the code "I made mine all by myself without help from anyone, now you get yours without help from me."

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Spring will come

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Maybe what we all need is a little pep talk. The news these days is heavily burdened with bad economic information and we at the same time are finally putting a long winter behind us. The grass will soon be turning green and those hardy Crocus and D ..... 
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Is Congress up to the task before it?

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I arrived in Congress in 1965, just as President Lyndon Johnson's transformation of the U.S. government was getting under way. It was an extraordinary time, as LBJ sent up to Capitol Hill his proposals for Medicare, Medicaid, aid to elementary and s ..... 
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Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

This past week has definitely been positively enlightening.

First, I need to thank all of our readers, in print and online, for giving me your feedback on our new features.

More and more people are replacing their time in front of th ..... 
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Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As you read YOUR newspaper today, I hope you enjoy some new elements we have introduced in an effort to stimulate further interactivity with readers in print and online.

Beginning with the March 9 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, we ini ..... 
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Queen for a day wins her Hysterectomy

Fri, Mar 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Have you seen the commercial for Colonoscopy Sweepstakes? Saturday Night Live would have been proud to have written that one but, alas, it was real. For those of you who wonder about the direction of health care, ponder no more. It is the purest of ..... 
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One moment, please... Homer Simpson moments

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
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For those of you who didn't catch it in last Monday's Fillmore County Journal, to the lower left of my column is a reference point for which I feel an obligation to share with readers.

We made a mistake. We noted the author of the Jo ..... 
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Wind farms and wildlife

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
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The wind itself may be free, but harnessing it for electrical power involves the expenses of wind turbine production, purchase of options on land for the placement of turbines and provision of service roads and substations. Indirect expenses ..... 
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