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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 suspect many folks have decided for whom they will vote. The comparisons between the two candidates could not be more striking. A young, articulate, energetic African-American promising to bring change to the way government operates versus an older, established insider steeped in the traditions of the way things have always been.

Mr. McCain allows himself, and in fact, revels in the maverick label (whatever that means) applied to him. To be sure he has on occasion not gone along with the Republican position on several issues. In fact, he has sponsored legislation that was seriously opposed by the power structure of his party; the McCain-Feingold Act regarding campaign finance reporting being the best example. In contrast, he wishes to continue tax breaks for the most wealthy sponsored by President Bush and voted into law by a Republican congressional majority, and he vigorously opposed legislation that would increase benefits for armed forces veterans, while at the same time wishing to continue a massive military presence in Iraq.

Those supporting Mr. McCain speak to his life experience and his knowledge of how things work inside the beltway. While experience is perhaps one of the best of life's teachers, it also shapes our thinking and even can narrow our views. Perception and interpretation form our personal reality. Mr. McCain's personal reality, filtered and shaped by his experience, does not match the reality of today. He refuses to understand or accept the overall damage to our country brought on by six plus years of war in Iraq. He cannot see that continued public intransigence regarding discussions with those with whom we have issues will continue the status quo rather than bring about a better understanding between us and them. It's not his motives I question; I have trouble accepting the methods by which he suggests we deal with the problems before us

In speaking of Mr. Obama, we might as well put the race issue right out front. Either one accepts the possibility that an African-American can be the President of the United States, or not. The programs and ideas offered by Mr. Obama warrant careful consideration. Let us not reject them just because he is an African-American.
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Shop 'til it feels better

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Archeologists and anthropologists have unearthed ancient civilizations and been able to determine the core values of their cultures from the stones and rubble left behind.  The Egyptians built pyramids and monuments to bury their kings and prin ..... 
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What do they really mean?

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Several days ago I had a conversation with a friend and professional colleague. We've known each other about 5 years and have enjoyed many interesting exchanges. Our topics this day ranged a bit and finally settled on the economy, specifically, the ..... 
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Our Energy, Our Future

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It seems like every time America discovers it has a crisis on its hands, our government wakes up and proposes a crash program to fix it. Henry Ford was one of the first to observe it and even coined a name for it: "the crisis-crash syndrome."

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Baloney! It's not your fault

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last week a politician in a radio interview said unless Americans change their ways the cost of health care would soon consume 20% of the GDP. The inference was our unhealthy life style is responsible for the rise in costs.

He was the secon ..... 
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The next seven generations

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." And there are none so blind as those who will not see... or are blinded by fear and greed...."

But, of course, it's "depressing" to watch the documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth or The Planet. ..... 
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Beautiful, suspicious, hospitable

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is so unbelievably magnificent it is difficult to describe, and truly a study in contradictions. We were only there for ten days, so these thoughts and observations are far from comprehensive. I do not choose to w ..... 
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INC. for President

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I figured out the problem with political races- human beings are just too flawed to withstand such scrutiny and pressure. We get to see all their weaknesses, their peculiar family members that remind us of our peculiar family members. We hear about ..... 
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Why Bio?

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In an increasingly competitive world marketplace, every region must identify and build upon areas of strategic advantage. Here in southern Minnesota, the bio-sciences offer us that edge. What is bio-science?

Bio-science applies biological te ..... 
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