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Gil's running on empty


Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

If you take Gil Gutknecht's latest campaign ad at face value, immigration is the most important issue facing America on November 7. And Gil wants you to believe that Señor Tim Walz is muy soft on border issues and illegal immigrants.

One would think that after 12 years as our Contractor With America, Mr. Gutknecht would be touting his many accomplishments as a six term representative, a mover and shaker on Capital Hill, guiding legislation past the maddening Beltway fixers. But when your bonafides include voting to give Congress' war powers to the President on Iraq, voting to support tax breaks for the über rich, and, voting to give additional tax credits to the oil companies, you don't want to approve that message.

So, plan on getting an earful of Gil's Bait & Switch rant on immigration until November 7, as it's reported that Gutknecht has $1 million in his treasure chest to throw around.

One political pundit told me, "Gutknecht has nothing to run on - he supports a lousy president; he claims to be a fiscal conservative, but voted to create the largest deficit in U.S. history; and he supports an unpopular war in Iraq. He's got to run on something, so he might as well run on immigration."

With Mark Kennedy's miserable showing for the senate, the Republicans are dumping another 100 grand into Gil's campaign. They are also bringing in Laura Bush next week to shore things up for the Gilster. A little dose of Diet Bush, they couldn't take the risk of bringing in the real thing, Stay the Course George.

Universal Health Care for Minnesota

Regardless of who wins the Governor's race or which party controls the Minnesota house and senate, universal health care needs to be given a fair hearing. The poster boy for everything that is wrong with the present system recently resigned under pressure as Chairman of Minnetonka based UnitedHealth Group. Dr. William McGuire, whose annual salary, including stock options, was in excess of $100 million in 2005, holds over $1 billion in company stock options. Now you know why your health premiums are out of this world.

Given the excesses of the insurance industry, and with employers no longer willing to bear the full brunt of covering the rising health care costs of their employees, it is time for state government to step up to the plate.

The Independence Party and their candidate for governor, Peter Hutchinson, have some good ideas for universal health coverage t .....
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"PIG" as a basis for campaigning

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It occurs to me that almost all incumbents rely on "pig". It stands for Pork, Incumbency, and Greed in my political lexicon. When I hear an incumbent running on these "principles" it turns me off quickly. This is true whether it is a local, state, o ..... 
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Bush the Elder

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

George Walker Bush, also known as Bush the Younger, Bush the Lesser and Bush the Minor, a Texas cowboy who likes to speak to a "higher father," should not be confused with his real-life dad, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president.

B ..... 
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It's time to clean house

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Regime change begins at home, I say. That's why I am not voting for Gil Gutknecht or Mark Kennedy in November. I'll vote for Donald Duck, the town drunk, my dead uncle, or T.C. the Twins mascot before I will vote for either of these incumbents. I mi ..... 
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The earth is burning up and we don't seem to care

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Anyone who still scoffs when the global warming subject is brought up must either have his or her head stuck quite deeply into the sand or slept through the past month. In all of my 50-plus years, I cannot remember a spell when it has stayed as hot ..... 
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An immediate cease fire is needed in Lebanon

Wed, Aug 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"You see the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s--t and it's all over."

George Bush to Tony Blair at the St. Petersburg G8 Summit, referring to the conflict in Lebanon.

According to Presi ..... 
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Why not offer a smoke-free night?

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"Just try it. You might find that you like it."

I really don't know how many times I've utilized that sage line of thinking when trying to encourage our daughter to give a healthy entrée a try. Usually, the eatable item is a vegetable. I'm s ..... 
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Administrative Law Judge will decide Spring Valley Ponds case

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The July 17 article by John Bondhus in the Fillmore County Journal, "Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds" hardly is worth the effort to respond to. But a few points where he has committed slander against Jeff Broberg and me need to be corre ..... 
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Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds

Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A front-page story in the June 12th edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press addressed my efforts to “turn an old hatchery into a world-class fish farm and park” and detailed many of the state permitting issues that have put the project on hold. In the ..... 
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