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Clinton to press Trump on policy in Monday's debate
Trump tells Netanyahu he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
City prepares to collect yellow bikes next week
Jacob Wetterling is remembered by family and Minnesota
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Charles "Chuck" Theodore Erickson
Don E. Miller
September 15, 2010
Letter: Our super-sized government
The letter to the editor by Ron Adkins on Sept. 10 accuses the Republicans of justifying the positions they take by framing questions to get the answer they want. He then goes on to frame several questions to get the answers he wants, such as "Would you rather have good air to breathe...
September 15, 2010 - 12:00am
September 7, 2010
Letter: A clear choice in November
Despite Graden West's desperate pleas in his Aug. 16 letter to the editor, and a followup letter just this week, people who visited our Republican booth at the Kandiyohi County Fair did not seem to agree with his plea for higher taxes and more burdensome regulation. During our four...
September 7, 2010 - 12:00am
July 28, 2010
Letter: The path of constant spending
As I was watching television the other night, a terrific ad came on showing a family who was benefiting from hospital services. Each member had received extraordinary care from the doctors, nurses and hospital staff. The point was that hospitals in the U.S. need money in order to...
July 28, 2010 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
American Opinion: On consumer spending
An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States: From The Associated Press On consumer spending: While it's popular to criticize Washington for spending insanely and refusing to live within a budget, the reality is that too many Americans aren't walking the...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am
May 27, 2010
Letter: Our wasteful spending
Yes, Lee Paulson, I, like most patriotic Americans, will also be observing Memorial Day as a day of remembrance. And yes, I also don't like paying taxes, but that has been part of our culture since Biblical times. Even "Hagar the Horrible" didn't like paying taxes, but taxes are a...
May 27, 2010 - 12:00am
May 6, 2010
Letter: County attorney responds
A letter in the Public Forum Monday expressed concern about the budget of the county attorney's office and mentioned a "recent article concerning financing for the county attorney." As the Tribune editorial staff correctly pointed out Tuesday, no such article ever appeared in the...
May 6, 2010 - 12:00am
April 23, 2010
Letter: The mounting cost of war
On April 15, NBC newscaster Brian Williams listed, in percentages, the taxes the Tea Party members complain about. He also pointed out that 30 percent was covered by borrowed money. I was impressed until I realized his list had not included war-related expenditures. The following...
April 23, 2010 - 12:00am
April 19, 2010
Letter: Who's fiscally conservative?
$2 trillion. That is what the Congressional Budget Office said would be added to the national debt when former President Bush pushed through his two tax cuts and Medicare Part D plan. This did not stop or slow down the Republican Party from pushing these bills through Congress without...
April 19, 2010 - 12:00am
April 16, 2010
Commentary: Pigs still at the trough
Most Americans may not be fluent in the language of economics, but thanks to our Puritan heritage ("waste not, want not") we understand waste quite well. The annual ritual of rendering unto Caesar on April 15 brings with it the always-useful "Congressional Pig Book." Compiled by...
April 16, 2010 - 12:00am
March 18, 2010
Letter: Frittering away tax dollars
So, Rep. Juhnke, if I understand this right, we only vote no on the bonding bill if it doesn't include the pork that we want? What about all of the pork that the metro would get if we vote yes on the bonding bill, only because it includes our pork? What about the $21 million to the...
March 18, 2010 - 12:00am
March 4, 2010
Letter; We all should buy American
Buy American. Buy American. Buy American. As we grow older it seems we develop an exasperating habit of repeating ourselves, and aren't aware of it until a friend reminds us. This time, however, I am well aware of the repetition and I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. I...
March 4, 2010 - 12:00am
March 2, 2010
Letter: Caring for the less fortunate
Once again Gov. Pawlenty has chosen to go after the most disadvantaged people in our state: the elderly, mentally ill, both children and adults, and all the developmentally disabled citizens of Minnesota. These people are the least able to advocate for themselves. Living conditions...
March 2, 2010 - 12:00am
February 24, 2010
Letter: A bonding bill with no debate
As Brian Riedl of Heritage.org so very well explained: "The idea that the government spending creates jobs makes sense only if you never ask where the government got the money. It didn't fall from the sky. The only way Congress, or the state Legislature can inject spending into the...
February 24, 2010 - 12:00am
February 15, 2010
Letter: A simple economics lesson
What will it take to turn this economy around? First of all, let me state for the record that I don't have a degree in economics from some prestigious Ivy League university. But I've been around long enough to observe and learn a few things in general. First and foremost is we have...
February 15, 2010 - 12:00am
February 9, 2010
Love, and a little Valentine's Day spending, conquer all
WILLMAR -- Customers at Angels and Ivy in downtown New London might buy a smaller bouquet, or settle for a single rose instead of a dozen. But even in hard times, people still spend on romantic tokens for Valentine's Day. "They may be changing their options a little bit. You do...
February 9, 2010 - 12:00am