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Retire, already


Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I thought eight years of Dick Cheney's sneer was about ten years too many. Now, it seems, he can't find his way home to Wyoming, a place where only the antelope listen.

Then, my compassionate side kicked in. Having seen industries shut down and workers nigh on retirement forced to take up degrading jobs to cover the gap to Social Security, I worried that perhaps he had no pension when the Republican Party imploded under its own self-righteous weight. Being one of those cursed bleeding heart liberals, I have to wonder if there isn't some program where he could get assistance, and get off the podium.

Surely, Halliburton owes him something for swinging all those no bid contracts their way. Couldn't they let him sort the mail or tend the bar at board meetings? Maybe they could send him to Iraq to oversee one of those expensive projects. We could all kick in a buck or two for his coach class airfare.

He's been kind to the defense industry. Could they let him polish bombs perhaps?

The NRA loves him, though his skill at shooting had to be an embarrassment to them. He might collect some tips from the likes of Charlton Heston parking cars at a gun show or something. He is a great spokesman for the idiotic idea that sensible people want to ban hunting. It's hunting humans with assault rifles that is worrisome for lefties. However, the Cheney/Limbaugh fan club wants us to worry that only the military can own nuclear missiles. Imagine that??

Couldn't we find Dick a job irritating nations in the Middle East that none of us know the names or locations of? Lord knows, all dark skinned people live and breathe to destroy Walmart and Exxon. He is scaring us daily with the idea that everyone east of Paris wants to poison or bomb us. He never mentions that none of them ever did before his team was on watch.

He and his small band of followers want to brag that we have not been attacked since 9/11/01. That is like saying every morning while we brush our teeth, "I don't have cancer yet. I must live right." How can "this bad thing hasn't happened" relate to his game plan? My house has never been broken into, my car never stolen; serial killers have never bound and robbed my loved ones. Do Cheney/Bush get credit for all that good luck? If this is his strength and claim to fame, then perhaps he should be a security guard in a Walmart parking lot or any number of parking ramps where women are abducted and raped by non terrorist ordin .....
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One moment, please: Sizing me up...

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It's become pretty apparent to me that people are trying to size me up, pondering how I'll approach political issues.

I have received e-mails, phone calls, and anonymous hand-written letters (with no return addresses on the envelopes) - and ..... 
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Why Congress needs institutionalists

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It takes all kinds of people to make the U.S. Congress work. The ambitious and the laid-back, loners and consensus-builders, partisans and aisle-crossers - all have their place. In these highly politicized times, though, there's one type who is part ..... 
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One moment, please... Serving Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As I have visited with Fillmore County residents and business owners, I have arrived at the conclusion that if our masthead says "Fillmore County Journal," then we need to do our best to make sure every household in Fillmore County receives our news ..... 
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Make weatherization plans for winter now

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Planning to make your home more energy efficient for winter is probably not on the top of your agenda for things to do in June. This is a time for leaving windows open over night to let the cool air in, allowing us to wake to a cacophony of birdsong ..... 
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Wild Ethics

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The cyclist, earphones in his ears, zooms by me, looking neither right or left, intent on speed and endurance and I wonder why he bothers to bike on this section of the Harmony / Preston Trail that runs along Camp Creek where fish swim and ..... 
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A religious conversion: I don't think so

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



This week the American Health Insurance Plans organization (insurance trade organization), along with 5 other health care groups, notified the administration they were on board for healthcare reform. The one caveat they have notified the adm ..... 
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One Moment, Please...

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As I indicated shortly after my wife and I purchased the newspaper on February 2, 2009, this is YOUR newspaper.

Last Monday, May 25, I opted to publish a commentary piece at the request of Art Callanan, a resident of Preston and long-time Jo ..... 
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Pawlenty and Legislature fail to best serve the people

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Sadly, the Republican governor and the DFL-led legislature were unable to compromise and play "let's make a deal" and do what is in the state's best interest as their session ended on May 18th at midnight. Pawlenty had given the legislature an ultim ..... 
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