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Faith restored


Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A couple of events recently restored my faith in the American electorate especially for the members of my generation and the baby boomers. It has to do with Paul Ryan's voodoo trickle down economics, his attack on the elderly and the poor and new findings about the prehistoric Neanderthals.

No one knows the size of Neanderthal clans but it had been thought they were small closely related members of one or two families. DNA studies done recently of Neanderthals considered to inhabit the same areas at the same time reveal a large variety of DNA indicating larger groups of unrelated members making for more complex communities.

I remember learning in undergraduate school of an archaeological finding that Neanderthals, an errant branch of our ancestral family tree, cared for the lame and elderly. I searched for the original findings of a caring Neanderthal community. I found the original study by Ralph Solecki in his dig in Shandihar, Iraq. In the late 1930's they discovered an intact skeleton of a man determined to be about 40 years old, very old for a Neanderthal. He had a defect in skull on the left compressing the already small cranial space of a Neanderthal. He also had arrested growth, apparently from birth, of his right shoulder blade, right collar bone, and right arm. He also had severe generalized arthritis. These meant he could not have ever been a productive member of the clan or even care for himself and had to be cared for all of his relatively long life.

The Neanderthals didn't survive to modernity but not because they were not civilized to a degree I was afraid we are losing. We still bury our dead with flowers as they did but our infirm and elderly seemed at risk to me.

Homo Sapiens with their much larger cranial vault and brain won the survival lottery. There are times recently I wondered if the wrong branch won.

Then the seniors of the country renewed my faith in them. They saw right through the divide and conquer ploy of Paul Ryan's budget plan and the dismantling of Medicare. Ryan's aware that anyone on Medicare who does not have a seven figure income will happily scalp any politician who takes Medicare away. He thought telling those seniors they could keep their Medicare and only the younger folks will get thrown on the mercy of the rapacious health insurance industry. This, he thought, would keep the seniors from voting them out of office.

The young would get premium help from the governmen .....
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Guest commentary-Freedoms

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
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There are five basic freedoms that people involved in humane livestock production are urged to practice. As a veterinarian, livestock producer, and meat eater, I certainly try to embrace these principals and would encourage others to do the same.
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Stormy Weather

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A ruby-throated hummingbird whizzed past us. An eastern wood-pewee called and a rose-breasted grosbeak sang variations of his song never stopping to take a breath. We saw a few warblers,

indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and other species. I ..... 
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One moment, please... You wouldn't D.A.R.E.?

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
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Online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, I often post reader polls for you, our readers, to cast your vote on a variety of subjects.

The results of a recent onli ..... 
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Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time aft ..... 
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One moment, please... Standing out in a crowd, 6/6/11

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Ya know, I never realized how invaluable a small school learning environment was until I lived here.

Yes, my graduating class was 472 students, so I have a very ..... 
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Thanks for the memories....

Fri, May 27th, 2011
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Many of you are probably old enough to recognize the title as Bob Hope's theme song. The rest of you are thinking, "Bob who?" Well, I am old enough to not only remember Bob Hope but to have learned how to type on a manual typewriter, play 50's music ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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