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Adherence to "No New Taxes Pledge," a threat to our state and our country


Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As Minnesotans, we are getting hit with a double whammy of dysfunctional government. The inability of the two major political parties to work in concert causes unnecessary hardship, cost increases, and more inefficiency in government. Politicians take an oath to serve the people, not the extremes of their party. Politicians are elected by the people of their district or state, not a select minority of those citizens. They are expected to speak for all of their constituents, not just for themselves. The "American for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge" puts politicians that sign it in a straight jacket. It reduces their ability to negotiate the best deal for the people they serve. Common sense would have politicians going into negotiations with their various belief systems to guide them, but with their ability for give and take intact.

Some of our state legislators that marched in Fourth of July parades faced irate citizens telling them to get back to work and get it done. There is nothing like a state shutdown of services to get the attention of its citizens and stir their anger. No doubt finding compromise on the state and federal level are both tough nuts to crack, but playing a game of chicken is not the way to develop responsible legislation.

Even though school is quite a ways back there, I still remember cramming for a big test or pulling an all-nighter to get that term paper done. The last minute study got me through, but it is not the best way to learn. Cramming tends to only provide short term information retention and term papers done under pressure are more likely to be mediocre. Bills forced through under the wire are probably less than mediocre. Our country's future deserves careful, measured work from our politicians. August 2, when the federal government will no longer be able make good on all their obligations is fast approaching. The state has already failed to get their work in on time. Congress has also failed to pass a budget for two years.

The bickering and half truth sound bites are never helpful. Trying to score political points at the expense of our future is simply not the job the people sent their representatives to do. The polarization in the country comes at a steep price. Our form of government is not perfect, always messy, but with the extreme ideologues on the left and the right controlling the arguments, it has become truly dysfunctional.

Both major political parties are at fault. The dea .....
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Guest commentary: Why we need a progressive/liberal American vision

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past couple of years we have been bombarded by political attacks from the far right and their fellow Teapublicans blaming our country's ills on liberalism, socialism, big government, and taxation. These are stale, unsupportable arguments th ..... 
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The new "Three R's" needed for a bright future for Minnesota

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton have a unique opportunity at this moment to prompt lasting positive changes for our state and position us to be a national leader for decades to come. Despite the rhetoric on both sides, the biggest obstacle facing u ..... 
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The reason we celebrate

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

"It is not by consolidation or concentration of powers, but by their distribution that good government is effected."

Thomas Jefferson

It has been 235 years since our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which is ou ..... 
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State exports set, first quarter record

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

ST. PAUL - Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew 13 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago. According to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Developme ..... 
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Why not Palin?

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past few months, I've read a number of unhinged articles from both liberals and conservatives (so-called) about Sarah Palin. A number of commentators from both sides of political spectrum seem to believe that she is a lightweight nitwit who ..... 
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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 fi ..... 
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Guest commentary-Freedoms

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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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