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Speaking out: The Muni is a win for all of us


Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is a fact that a resolution to rebuild the Rushford Municipal Liquor Store (the Muni) with both on and off sale has been brought up for vote before and after change of council members and passed both times. There remains a small group (mostly business owners) who is not happy with this decision. They present themselves as speaking for all of Rushford. We disagree.

Those against the Muni focus on inciting emotions while pushing for a hidden/personal agenda, rather than standing on facts, figures and what is best for the city. Possible motivators behind these attacks are: 1) putting more money in the pockets of a few, 2) planning to obtain the Muni's prime property for other business endeavor(s) and 3) continuing a vendetta against the city administrator.

In response we say:

1. Those against the on-sale often cite that the city should not be in "competition" with private businesses. Why not? It is not illegal, immoral or unethical. The city does not compete with any establishment's primary business. Furthermore, the city has never attempted to maintain a monopoly over on-sale. The city has granted on-sale liquor licenses to establishments even though they compete with the Muni.

2. The Muni profits are referred to as insignificant, yet are significant enough to fight for. Since 2002, the Muni has transferred $230,000 of its net profits to the city's General Fund. Obviously, this is a successful business. These profits have provided services for the community that would have required additional tax monies, basically reducing the tax burden of every household in the community, while providing employment opportunities.

3. Another complaint is that the Muni doesn't pay for a liquor license. One wonders why the net profit is scoffed at, yet the cost of a $200-$300 liquor license is a burden?

4. There should be minimal cost to the city to rebuild the Muni, with insurance and FEMA money (over $200,000 will be lost if we don't rebuild on-sale). There is no free money: it comes out of all of our taxes. However, these business owners didn't worry about that when they went looking for our tax dollars to rebuild (up to 90% forgivable!!!) Sadly, we have many homeowners and renters who have yet to find a housing solution.

5. Pull tabs have generated over $10,000 a month for the Rushford Booster Club. The Muni provided the majority of this and received 13% of the pull tab profits as revenue. The Booster Club, wa .....
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What happened to the R word?

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

What happened to the R word? You know, that old fashioned word called Regulation. Government regulation to be specific. With the sub-prime mortgage crisis and it's shady lenders about to put us into a recession for the second time in 20 years, isn't ..... 
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The ugly stain of torture

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Morris Davis, a bird colonel in the Air Force, and until October the chief prosecutor in Guantanamo Cuba, related the story of Tom Ahern in the New York Times ten days ago. According to Davis, Ahern was the Tehran station chief during the Iran hosta ..... 
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Is it time to change how we campaign for President?

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Eight months until November 4th! Can we bear it?

How many of us are honestly sick of political ads, phone calls, polls, attacks, claims, and sound bites?

Maybe it is time to consider putting some limits on how we campaign for preside ..... 
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Hey, just take a pill

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Winter TV watching is a special health hazard- guaranteed to increase weight and decrease IQ in direct proportion.

Sandwiched between ads for extra cheese pizza and All-You-Can-Eat buffets are ads for cholesterol medications. Dr. Jarvik is ..... 
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How much change do we really want?

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As the number of presidential hopefuls gets smaller an interesting field of candidate's remains. Each in their own way represents a certain segment of the electorate. Left in the race is a person of African-American heritage, a woman, a Mormon, an e ..... 
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Nobody was listening anyway

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last Monday night my wife was baby sitting so I was able to watch the "State of the Union" speech in its entirety. There was no one home to hear some of my language.

Most of these speeches are used to lay out bold and broad policy objectives ..... 
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What I did at Camp

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
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Camp is for kids, right? Well, I left my three kids with dad and set out for St. Paul for a weekend of intense "camp," without the traditional canoeing, mosquito-friendly tent, and fireside songs. I was a little nervous about what to expect, but I c ..... 
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It's all about the Benjamins

Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

With a possible economic recession in our near future some in government think that a tax cut is the way to prevent this from happening. This theory is if we pay less in taxes we will have more money to spend and thus boost the economy.

I g ..... 
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