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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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Busy agenda at Spring Valley City Council

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

All members of the Spring Valley City Council attended a regular meeting on January 12. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and call to order, the Council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and approved preliminary accounts payable for Ja ..... 
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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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Irene Rathbun

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Irene Rathbun were held 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, 2014 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn. with Pastor Loel Wessel officiating. Burial took place in the Spring Valley Cemetery. Visitation was held ..... 
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Johnny Carson Long

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

After a long illness, Johnny Carson Long passed away at Seasons Hospice on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the age of 83. Johnny was born Dec. 27, 1930, to Thurston and Irene (Rowe) Long. He grew up in the Cherry Grove area, where he attended count ..... 
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Kingsland School to use Teachers On Call service

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland (Spring Valley) school board met on December 15. Members Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Steve Tart, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald were present. The meeting started with a Truth in Taxation hearing at 6:15 p.m. ..... 
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Darold Maricle

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Darold Maricle were held 1 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn. with Rev Barb Streed officiating. Burial will took place at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was from ..... 
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Spring Valley approves 2015 budget

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks A regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held on December 8 at 6 p.m. Following the Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and approved December preliminary accoun ..... 
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Deer Creek Speedway offers 2014 ticket holders same price for 2015 World of Outlaws tickets for limited time

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

Spring Valley, MN — December 3, 2014 — Fans who held reserved tickets for this past season’s Asgrow/DEKALB Clash at the Creek that featured the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, will hav ..... 
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