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Death by bureaucrat

June 23, 2012

The other night I was returning home pretty late in the evening, and as is my normal habit the radio in my vehicle was on a talk radio station. Since I get up early, work a full day, and don’t often stay up late, I’m not very familiar with the radio hosts who are on late in the evening. The only reason I make that point is to say that I honestly don’t know who I was listening to. Further confusing the issue, a lot of the evening shows on our local stations are re-broadcasts of shows actually aired earlier in the day, but not in our market.

Time to appreciate

June 23, 2012

“Fathers’ Day” is a rather common phrase around the courthouse. A representative of the Attorney General’s Office appears at least once a month to deal with child support cases involving failure to pay. As a general rule, the parent being sued is the father. On these particular days, the downstairs hallway is lined with people waiting for their case to be called; some have reasons for their delinquency, others merely excuses or shrugs.

In November, “Recall” the Recall

June 13, 2012

So I understand that Governor Scott Walker’s opponent in the recent recall election says the battle isn’t finished. Well, I would expect nothing else, after all he apparently didn’t realize the people of Michigan didn’t want him as governor when he ran against Scott Walker the first time around and lost. Talk about not taking a hint. I know politicians are really thick skinned, and sometimes thick headed, but most of the time even politicians realize losing an election means no.

Time to wave!

June 13, 2012

Thursday is a special day. When I was growing up, we were normally on vacation June 14, and my brothers would use the day as an excuse to leave their shirttails “flying”. Flag Day is not normally celebrated in that manner; then again, it is rarely celebrated at all. Our flag is the third oldest national banner in the world behind the Union Jack of Great Britain and the Tricolor of France. The Stars and Stripes was authorized by Congress on June 14, 1777. Since that time it has flown on every continent and in space, in peace and in war.

Do Nolan County citizens deserve to vote?

June 13, 2012

In her “Potpourri” column last Sunday regarding “courthouses, jails and bonds...”, Mrs. Peterson promised herself to “not become involved in local politics or personal opinions.” Professionals in her position sincerely try not to break promises they make to themselves or others. In the instance of this article, though, I think she failed.

Of courthouses, jails and bonds...

June 6, 2012

When I started this column over 20 years ago, it was with the promise to myself that it would not become involved in local politics or personal opinions thereon. I am keeping that promise, but, in the interest of full disclosure, would add some facts to the debate over the issuance of certificates of obligation for the courthouse repairs and the construction of the new jail.

Earning my wings

June 6, 2012

"Don't try to start with the larger publications in your efforts to be published," said the accomplished writer. "Start with the smaller ones so as to develop credibility. I was in the beginners section of my first writer's conference and said a silent "Ouch!" to her comments. I had only submitted one article and that was one of the largest!
The next class dealt with the fourteen marks of a novice. I had violated almost all of them in submitting this story. Several weeks had passed with no response and now I knew why!

Let’s do more of the new “spending”

June 6, 2012

Recently The Barack gave a speech where he said the reason we have such record deficits is because of government overspending. At last, something he and I can agree on. What I would like to report is after that he went on to say in order to cut the deficit and put the United States back on a sound financial footing he was announcing the abolishment of a large number of federal bureaucracies, starting with the Department of Education. Unfortunately, for U.S. citizens, his speech took a slightly different turn.

Obama in Socialist-Land

May 31, 2012

I thought this week instead of commenting on current events, I would take a crack at an upcoming future event. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of current events to discuss; I just know this one is coming and I want to go ahead and get a jump on it.

Memorial Day

May 31, 2012

There will be – and have been – many articles in the press this weekend concerning Memorial Day, and the debt each of us owes the now silent multitude who gave their lives for our nation. Some died earning its freedom, others defending her from other nations, and others defending us from ourselves. Our history is short in comparison to that of other nations, and we have been extremely blessed not to have had many wars fought on our soil. There should be more to honoring the sacrifice of these individuals, however, than simply a day and a few monuments.

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