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Guest Commentary: Erding is good for a laugh


By Mark Gusa

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

I finally had to write. After reading Mr. Erding for many months I had to reply. I read his

commentary to get my daily or weekly laugh like I do when listening to Sean Hannity on the

radio every night on the way home. They both cherry pick facts and statistics to put fear into the voters. I’m going to address two of the most important issues of the economy with facts and sources for them. Mr. Erding has stated previously how the liberals are killing job growth in America and that is simply not true. First let’s take a look at the stock market over the last 85 years. We won’t specifically talk about what Bill Clinton did during his eight years in office, that wouldn’t be fair to anyone else, but the stock market gains under four post-Depression Democrats through each one’s first 2000 days in office has outpaced the average gains of the four Republicans in the era by a factor of nearly 4 to 1. Democratic gains have averaged 133%, while Republican gains have an average of 33%. Recently, since Pres. Obama was sworn in, the S & P 500 has gone up 115%, the Dow Jones 146%, and most impressively the Nasdaq has grown 188% for a total average of 142%, while under Reagan we saw gains of 88% during his same period. I took this facts right from MarketWatch.

I find these numbers shocking and really don’t understand why anyone with money in the stock

market either directly or in a retirement account would vote Republican and against their self-financial interests, is it because of guns, religion, or race. I’m just asking.

Next let’s take a look at job growth. Again we won’t mention Clinton who produced more jobs than both Bushes, Ford and Reagan combined. Since taking office, Obama has produced more jobs than both the Bushes combined. Even Carter (who many Republicans consider one of the worst presidents ever) produced more jobs in four years than the Bushes did in 12. These facts come right from Forbes magazine.

Job growth was strong after WWII under all presidents until the 70’s when Republicans and their business supporters began to create a less friendly middle class economy. Like I opened with a lot of today’s Republicans spout fear, be it financial or otherwise. Ask yourself why does America spend more money on military spending than the next 26 countries combined, with 25 of the 26 being our allies, I would say FEAR.

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Fillmore County residents are lottery winners

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

Jeffrey Leibold of Spring Valley won $25,000 by playing the Lottery’s Cash Storm scratch game. Leibold claimed the prize on Jan. 2, 2015. The winning ticket was purchased at Sunshine Foods, 501 N. Park Drive in Spring Valley. Eileen Schansberg o ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Global climate change

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest Recently a frequent contributor to this publication wrote a letter addressing several environmental issues, advocating drastic reductions in fossil fuel use to reduce carbon outputs. How many times have we heard the President say ..... 
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Impacting our communities

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Recently, our Foundation (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation) held its annual community luncheon in Spring Valley. Each year, we do this type of community visit to celebrate our accomplis ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Pipeline a safe source

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest, Spring Valley I have read several letters against the Keystone XL pipeline. I am having trouble seeing why we should not build it. Some of the arguments make it sound like this is something new and we don’t understand the technol ..... 
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Musical Comedy, “Paint Your Wagon” coming

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

“Got a Dream Boy, got a song, paint your wagon and come along! “So says a well-known song from the musical comedy, Paint Your Wagon. With music by Lerner and Lowe, the show debuted on Broadway in 1951 and will hit the stage as part of the 40th A ..... 
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