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Shame on Edwards, shame on us


Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

John Edwards got busted by the National Enquirer. It's rather a sad thing that news sources are getting their leads from such an empty publication but I've suspected as much when watching the network news and seen headlines in papers as large as the Star Tribune, which will feature two headed dogs and such on the front page, above the fold. It's a fine line between news and entertainment these days and the latter sells more.

So John Edwards had an affair with a woman of less substance than his wife. Pardon me, while I yawn.

The man is handsome, rich and powerful. It's an aphrodisiac recipe. The foolishness of it is that these guys keep believing they won't get caught. Secret Service agents must sign contracts upon hire promising they will never, ever, in this life or another, think about a career in writing. Ditto drivers, cooks, and hotel maids.

I'm disappointed at the cliché that gets played out time and again. Middle aged man, expensive suit, and young, starry eyed girl with aspirations to be someone's second wife or featured in People magazine. I'll vote for the first unfaithful husband who brings out a plain looking, similar aged woman, maybe less attractive than his wife, and says "She doesn't look like much but she reads really interesting books." But, so far, no.

I will donate money and carry signs for the first candidate with a real interest in governance and policy that opens the campaign with a statement: "Here is my political position, here is how I plan to manage this job, I will discuss these ad nauseum with the community that I wish to lead. However, my personal life and my religious life are not relevant to this position and are not open to discussion."

When I apply for a job, the prospective employer can ask me about my training, my career experience, my relative strengths and weaknesses. They do not, cannot, ask me about my religious practice or sexual behavior. Think about it. Wouldn't that be creepy in a job interview? Political candidates are applying for a job. Voters are the potential employers. Perhaps this years' long campaigns cause us to run out of questions so we turn to the bizarre for conversation. I might suggest, we get there far too quickly and ask the important questions with too little attention.

So we have McCain and Obama accepting an invitation to be drilled by Rick Warren and an audience nation wide waiting to hear all things faith based. Are we looking to hire .....
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Our civic duty requires informed decisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the August 11, 2008, edition of this newspaper there were three commentary pieces that had me thinking for quite some time after I had read them.

In the first, former Congressman Lee Hamilton asks us to pay attention to what politicians ..... 
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Independents will elect the next president

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest poli ..... 
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When it comes to oil, are they stupid or just lying to you?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The economy is in the basement and, to top it off, energy prices are at all time highs causing increases across the board for all goods and services. This is the worst of all worlds; high prices, stagnant job creation, and low wages.

High en ..... 
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A Christian looks at war

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I begin my examination of war by looking at Jesus' words from the Bible. A sampling from the gospels provides these quotes (from The New Revised Standard Version):

"Love your enemies; pray for (them)... ." Matt ..... 
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Musings from the lawn chair

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I don't like my federal government - the Administration, Congress, the whole shooting match - they just don't seem to share my values. The larger the resources available to them to play with, the less I trust them with how they'll use them. Three tr ..... 
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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 l ..... 
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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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