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Spring will come


Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Maybe what we all need is a little pep talk. The news these days is heavily burdened with bad economic information and we at the same time are finally putting a long winter behind us. The grass will soon be turning green and those hardy Crocus and Daffodils will dependably emerge to brighten our days. The first Bluebirds have started their house hunting and I spied my first Robin on March 9. I couldn't help but wonder where they hunkered down during that sub zero, blustery period a few days later. I look forward to those refreshing spring rains that thaw the earth, the smell of newly turned soil, and baby calves with tails high, kicking up their heels in playful romps in the evening.

The economy is so intertwined these days that when some greedy and unethical people started with some ill advised and inadequately regulated loans, was then driven by the masses causing a housing bubble. Then add in an oil price bubble causing soaring gas prices and a consumer credit purchasing bubble and we have a recipe for economic disaster. The resulting loss of savings for retirement and jobs has deepened the pain and snowballed into a palpable fear that feeds on itself and intensifies the economic woes. This is worldwide, for better or worse, as our prosperity is tied to that of much of the world and theirs to us.

It almost seems now that the fear and irrational pessimism has developed into an avalanche taking down and threatening to bury whatever is in its path. With the spring melt and the promise of new life comes a renewal of optimism and growth. Any farmer or gardener who year after year plants that tiny seed and trusts that it will grow, flourish and produce fruit knows the optimism of spring.

The recession deep freeze will be thawed when many of us emerge from our hibernation and face the new season, hungry for bargains. Perspective home buyers will hurry to purchase before the prices go up as will automobile buyers and the feeding that will start to drive the economy out of its winter doldrums will begin in earnest. A few of the brave early birds could hit a short rough winter spell like those early Bluebirds and Robins but most will survive to enjoy the lushness of spring.

Government at every level is on oxygen support. When the economy suffers, unemployment increases causing tax revenues to shrink just when the needs for those people now out of work escalate making even more demands on government. This has added to the fear, es .....
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Is Congress up to the task before it?

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I arrived in Congress in 1965, just as President Lyndon Johnson's transformation of the U.S. government was getting under way. It was an extraordinary time, as LBJ sent up to Capitol Hill his proposals for Medicare, Medicaid, aid to elementary and s ..... 
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One moment, please...

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

This past week has definitely been positively enlightening.

First, I need to thank all of our readers, in print and online, for giving me your feedback on our new features.

More and more people are replacing their time in front of th ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As you read YOUR newspaper today, I hope you enjoy some new elements we have introduced in an effort to stimulate further interactivity with readers in print and online.

Beginning with the March 9 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, we ini ..... 
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Queen for a day wins her Hysterectomy

Fri, Mar 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Have you seen the commercial for Colonoscopy Sweepstakes? Saturday Night Live would have been proud to have written that one but, alas, it was real. For those of you who wonder about the direction of health care, ponder no more. It is the purest of ..... 
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One moment, please... Homer Simpson moments

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



For those of you who didn't catch it in last Monday's Fillmore County Journal, to the lower left of my column is a reference point for which I feel an obligation to share with readers.

We made a mistake. We noted the author of the Jo ..... 
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Wind farms and wildlife

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The wind itself may be free, but harnessing it for electrical power involves the expenses of wind turbine production, purchase of options on land for the placement of turbines and provision of service roads and substations. Indirect expenses ..... 
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One moment, please... Multiplicity

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Recent Journal office conversations have inspired me to write a piece about the antics of the California octuplet lady, Nadya Suleman. Surely, you've heard about her and her 14 children. Who hasn't?

Can you imagine being the single mother of ..... 
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Hopeless problems, hopeful solutions

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Problems:

1.) Humanity finds itself embroiled in regional conflicts everywhere on earth. Resource wars are being conducted even as economies contract. We have no baseline information on which to act regarding planetary atmosphere and climate ..... 
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