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Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I really don't enjoy debating politics, because I'm too competitive and I always WIN; just like in the board game Monopoly against my wife and Karla Appel. I am kidding on all accounts, in case you were ready to challenge me.

In spite of my love-hate relationship with the antics of talking heads, I couldn't help but acknowledge recent measures of character taking place in Washington, D.C. with Tom Daschle withdrawing the nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services, following an investigation of his unpaid taxes.

I do feel that President Obama handled the situation appropriately, indicating in an interview with Anderson Cooper that he "screwed up." I respect those who take responsibility.

I have always assumed that an individual of Tom Daschle's caliber would understand the tax system better than the average person. Or, at least I would hope he could afford to pay somebody enough money to keep him out of trouble with the IRS. After all, its people like Daschle who have been deciding the fate of our taxpaying dollars.

Doesn't it make you wonder how many other politicians are out there calling "their people" right now to make sure they're in the clear?

For all of you politicians out there, sweating a little bit, I have some good and bad news for you. I found a website full of statistics that are highly probable by my very low standards and basis of entertainment value. You can visit http://www.funny2.com/odds.htm for the full list of odds you won't see in Vegas.

According to the website, you have 1 in 88,000 odds of dating a supermodel and 1 in 60,000 odds of striking it rich on Antiques Roadshow.

No such luck? Well, you do have a 1 in 250 chance of finding out your child is a genius, and a 1 in 220 chance of writing a New York Times best seller.

Still no dice? Well, it's time for some bad news.

The odds are 1 in 200 that you'll have your identity stolen, with 1 in 117 chances of being on a plane with a drunken pilot, and 1 in 10 chances of getting the flu this year.

Feeling wheezy? I understand, as I felt the same way when I saw these numbers. Imagine what the politicians are thinking as they read these statistics.

I did save the best for last, dedicated to all the politicians who "unintentionally" avoid paying taxes.

You have 1 in 175 chances of being audited by the IRS and 1 in 25 chances of getting hemorrhoids.

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Food Support cases up dramatically

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

PRESTON - On January 20, the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the Fillmore County Social Services front desk logged 200 contacts - phone calls and walk-ins from residents in need.

Gail Bunge, Financial Assistance Supervisor ..... 
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Spending our money, Round II

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



It might be a stretch but it seems to me that the economic situation we now see around us is similar to being attacked by an unseen enemy. Like the 9/11 disaster, seemingly out of nowhere comes an unimaginable catastrophe. Sure, we know now ..... 
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A 'Welcome' Home

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



As my wife, Amanda Sethre, and I embark upon the adventure of publishing a weekly newspaper in this beautiful area of Southeast Minnesota, we would first like to thank you for being so welcoming.

The people and scenery of Fillmore C ..... 
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A Question of Energy

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

On the night of January 10, we had the biggest and brightest full moon that we will see in 2009. A walk under this moon would have made streetlights unnecessary.

A big change for my husband and me with our recent move from the Big Woods into ..... 
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Wind farms in Fillmore County are a plus

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the past several decades we have developed an insatiable appetite for all that is electronic. This trend is not likely to be abated. Things that we now take for granted like central air conditioning, cordless phones, garage door openers, comput ..... 
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Barack Obama is the right person for the job

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Before the election last fall, I had a conversation with a Republican friend about the qualifications of the major candidates. The topic of concern in the media at the time was whether Sarah Palin, a small town mayor and first term Alaska governor, ..... 
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It's time to show the world what the U.S is capable of

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I might get a new outfit for the inauguration. I fear the mail lost my personal invitation to the ball but I sure plan to celebrate in my own living room and the whole country should do the same.

Alright, the economy is tanked, the weather i ..... 
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Will they just tinker around the edges?

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The editor has asked me to focus my commentaries on healthcare reform efforts and similar subjects. The subject should allow me to be as curmudgeonly as I want to be. I don't agree with any of the politicians and very few of the people I have discuss ..... 
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