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Grant money isn’t free


By Al Schumann

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Recently an email had a story about the teacher who decided to have an election as part of her civics class. She picked a boy as a candidate for one party and a girl for the other party. The boy gave a nice little talk on what he would propose to do. The girl then delivered her one proposal- everyone would get free ice cream. She didn’t say how it would be paid for or anything else, just free ice cream. She won in a landslide.

Now these were seventh and eight grade kids. You wouldn’t expect them to know that the ice cream had to be paid for. Early in life we learned that if we wanted something we had to pay. If we were on any board we had to pay the bills. We did it on the school board, town board, bank board, legislature, city hall, etc. A lot of young couples soon find out that they can’t live on love alone and their earnings don’t cover all the things that they want. Either they cut their wants, ask their parents for money, or look for another job.

We have the same problem today with our Federal Government. A whole new industry has arrived, writing for free government grants. If the local governments have a want but think they can’t afford it, write a grant proposal...If Eyota wants a pathway, Chatfield wants to fix up the old school, Stewartville wants a new firehouse, Lanesboro wants a new theater, etc. Somewhere the Federal Government will find the money. It may be in China or Saudi Arabia, but don’t worry, we’ll print some money. It’s coming and here are the rules that you must follow to get it. First, you have to pay prevailing wages, make it according to our plans, and you’ll get your money three years down the road. And, you should thank your President and Congressman for getting you this free money.

I was talking to a good friend not too long ago. He said, “Al, I’ve taken some of this money in my business- its hard to refuse. I realize that a lot of other people are getting much bigger subsidies. While I’m getting mine for free, I’m paying a portion of their bugger subsidy. Both of us could pay for our own without the Government paying either one of us.”

I can recall way back in 1937 when Eyota put in the sewer system; Pine Island was also planning their sewer system. The same engineer drew up the plans for both of the systems. The bid for both was the same, $135,000. Eyota decided not to wait for the government subsidy. The sewer system cost them $135,000. Pi .....
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Problems with immigration

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

How many immigration amnesty programs have been declared since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act? Most folks think one only and believe it was Reagan’s 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act granting amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens. ..... 
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One Moment Please... The Almanzo 100 is coming, again!

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
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Pre-marriage, pre-career, and pre-children, I was quite a dedicated biker once upon a time. No, not a “Harley” biker. I pedaled my way to the finish line with mountain bikes, touring bikes and cross-trainers -- everything but a unicycle. Ther ..... 
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Live for today and plan for tomorrow

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
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Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand when they sense danger as the well known myth might have us believe. Unfortunately, people do bury their heads metaphorically by denying or ignoring the facts. It is easy to be swayed by words which ..... 
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Unedited online comments posted in response to: “Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues” See more online comments at fillmorecountyjournal.com.

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
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Article comment by: Erin There is no issue in having a party, who doesn’t love a party. The biggest issue for me is that dogie days was started with the idea to honor our vets. Great attempt the first year with a great ceremony and high hopes of w ..... 
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Extremes?

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago, Karen Reisner wrote a very good commentary on the impact and importance of a third party candidate. I can really appreciate that she takes the time to use factual and informative means. I feel she was right in many ways, particularl ..... 
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Remembering the Great Depression

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
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If one reads histories written by generic historians about the Great Depression of the ‘30s chances are you won’t learn much, if anything, of value. Books about the Depression written by credible economic historians or economists like Hayek, Fri ..... 
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One Moment Please... What's new at the Journal?

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

In casual conversation, I have people ask me: "What's new at the Journal?"

That's a pretty open-ended question these days.

My answer to those who are wondering what's going on inside the belly of the newspaper is often: "Well, there' ..... 
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The future is now

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

How does our nation determine the direction it needs to take in order to continue on the pathway to economic and social success? In order to find a direction in which our nation should move, first we need to look back and see where we have been. In ..... 
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