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Word Play


Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Words are fun. Words are powerful. I love them. I wish I could roll around in a field of them and chew the sweetest and stomp on the ugly ones. I'm no linguist, plain old Midwest English is the best I can handle and I have been accused of sounding like a Minnesotan. What can that mean? We speak perfect American English- okay then.

I don't mean BIG words. They can be too show-offy and in Minnesota we don't like show offs. However, there can be great weight in those ordinary words. Pay attention to those. It's an election year; we'll be seeing a lot of those ordinary words in ordinary places.

A table is a table, a chair is a chair. Red is a color and water is wet. Gertrude Stein told us, "a rose by any other name.." and all of that. Beware of words that bypass the brain and go straight to our unthinking places. (These are the kind of words that often drive romance movies.)

Freedom: Who isn't in favor of that?? Weigh it-whose freedom is this? We are free to get sassy, to make choices about our leaders and our personal lives, to travel, to eat and wear what we please, to work at a job we hate or love, to build a shack in the woods (the property we build upon is not free) and to choose to live within the law or take the risks of living outside of it.

Bumper stickers tell me "Freedom isn't free." That's true enough. The cost is paying attention to those who protect it. What cost have polluted and corrupt nations paid for our freedom?

God Bless America: We sing it and get breathless at any other idea. Are we asking God to disregard, say, Bora Bora or France? If God created all of us, did we earn some extra blessing by rejecting King George? I met a little kid in Peru that needs a great deal of Gods attention and if millions of voices are calling for exclusive blessings here, poor little Tony could be overlooked.

No Child Left Behind: Well, maybe except that one goofy looking kid who always picks his nose and nobody likes him anyway. What does such a phrase have to do with our policy on public education? Those are four short words that nobody can disagree with, but who read the long version? Small words; weigh them.

Support Our Troops: Three words. Those ribbon shaped magnets were a great boon to manufacturers of gee gaws for cars and rodeos. Who would say, "Naw, let 'em starve out there with tee-shirts instead of chest protection!" We all support young men and women put in the most critical of dangers a .....
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Let's make next year's Fillmore County Fair even better

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Fair has now concluded for 2008. Though some may feel that there are many aspects to criticize, I think we should take a few moments to think about all the positives of our local county celebration.

Most agree the Fillmor ..... 
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Time to take a break from the political reality show

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that the presidential primary contests have ended, enthusiasm for the real Presidential race seems to have dissipated. At least it has for me.

Initially, both Democratic and Republicans primary races were filled with a special drama tha ..... 
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FairTax Bill offers positive change

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Upon telling folks about the FairTax bill, they frequently say, "It'll never happen." This has been the common reaction to every big idea ever proposed in the history of man. If the FairTax plan is such a great idea, if it is much needed, then why w ..... 
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Let them eat cake

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the late 50's when I went on leave from an active duty post in Virginia I brought home a young man who had never been more than about 50 miles inside tidewater on the east coast He was born, I think, in Massachusetts and grew up in New York State ..... 
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Strawberry Fields Forever

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The classes of 1968 will be meeting for 40 year reunions this summer. It would be a good time to be a caterer or a DJ with a great collection of classic rock, because there were a lot of us and we still eat and dance. We may well be seeing football ..... 
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Blame is not the solution to the oil problem

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is human nature to assign blame when confronted with painful realities. That is the case with four dollar per gallon gasoline. President Bush blamed environmentalists and, of course, the Democrats. In a transparent pander to the oil companies he ..... 
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Gifts that really give

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Look around your house. Is yours, like mine, full of things you really don't need, or never use? How many of these things were gifts - gifts of love, perhaps - but things you could get rid of and not miss? It is high time that I weeded out. How abou ..... 
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Americans want things to be different

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Presidential contest has begun. Not that there are "official" candidates, but we all know who they will be. Yet undecided of course, are both the Democratic and Republican nominees for Vice-President. Even though Election Day is months away, I s ..... 
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