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Generally Speaking – Columns

Generally Speaking is the Voyageur's forum for columns, cartoons, and letters to the editor. Skeeter Tales by Joel Seibel is our very own locally produced cartoon. Columns include "Wright News" by Jennie K. Hanson, "Villa Vista News" by Renee Klejeski and "Slices of Life" by Jill Pertler. Views expressed in columns, cartoons, and letters represent the views of the authors.

 

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A Free Market Works

New year, carryover issues

The steps required when buying a gun online

"What we have here ... "

No Opinion this week

The lessons of war

An ode to the season

An Interesting Dilemma

Plans - they change

Force - The only thing ISIS understands

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Bouncing our way around ... intentionally

It’s cabin fever season, compounded by a dog with his leg in a splint. As a puppy, his desire to be more active and get out of the house well exceeds mine. Last week, we visited the Cities to allow for a little “grandpa time,” as my bride could contend with Barley’s discontent. Granddaughter Bootsy, aka Lena, had a plan for us.

She had announced in a previous Skype conversation that my next visit we were going to go to the “bouncy place.” I didn’t come away with a good comprehension of what she was proposing, and my bride offered no further description. But, they had been there once and, obviously, the Boots was interested in going back.

I assumed this was going to be one of those indoor venues that was covered with trampolines. So, what one did was bounce. Years ago, I had met with a commercial real estate manager on behalf of a client and one of the projects they had under study was the development of such an indoor facility. It turns out the place we went was quite different.

We started the day with breakfast at our favorite Oakdale café. My observation was that it appeared preparation to go bouncing for a three-and-one-half-year-old was enhanced by tanking up on a Mickey Mouse pancake, sausage and ...

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Other Columns

New year, carryover issues

The steps required when buying a gun online

"What we have here ... "

No Opinion this week

The lessons of war

An ode to the season

An Interesting Dilemma

Plans - they change

Force - The only thing ISIS understands

College - A place to demand censorship?

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

A Free Market Works

Just what has driven the price of gas below $2.00 a gallon? The answer is the high profit that oil companies had in the last decade made exploring for oil and developing new recovery technology profitable.

Yes, the old rule of supply and demand still works. As the supply of crude oil was greater than the demand, the price of crude oil went down; the result is the price at the pump is now below $2.00 a gallon.

Now the oil industry is pulling back on oil exploration and drilling as the cost of new wells exceeds the return. Royal Dutch Shell has stopped its plan to develop new offshore wells in the Arctic. This is after they spent over $3 billion in Arctic exploration.

When OPEC, for the first time that I can remember, did not cut their exports when the price of crude oil started to drop, they realized that the western world was no longer dependent on their crude oil. In fact OPEC increased their output of crude oil to maintain their needed cash flow.

Countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela that depended on oil exports for the major part of their government’s income, are facing huge budget problems. ISIS’s source of ...

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news photo
Other Columns

The steps required when buying a gun online

"What we have here ... "

No Opinion this week

The lessons of war

An ode to the season

An Interesting Dilemma

Plans - they change

Force - The only thing ISIS understands

College - A place to demand censorship?

Genes don't fit? Try these!

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

New year, carryover issues

Well, we’re now into 2016. Four years past what was my early retirement date had I not left that east metro manufacturing concern with 21 years remaining to fulfill. Time does fly, doesn’t it? Despite time marching on, certain issues remained with us as the calendar has turned another page.

In December there was a meeting on the Iron Range to talk about what can be done to combat the latest downturn in mining and its impact on the communities involved. Much of the blame is being placed on China related to exporting “cheap” steel to the U.S. Folks are demanding action. Imposing tariffs and import quotas can be a challenging game to play. On December 22, the U.S. raised tariffs on China and three other countries related to steel imports. China will undoubtedly retaliate at some point. The U.S. imposed tariffs a few years ago related to tire imports. China responded with tariffs on U.S. car parts and chickens. A few years ago China accused the U.S. of dumping vehicles on them and levied higher tariffs on vehicles with larger than 2.5-liter engines (The Economist).

China is fighting some economic issues, even though their economy is still reportedly growing at more than twice the rate of the U.S. (Deloitte; The Economist Intelligence Unit). They have over-invested in their infrastructure already, yet do not want their companies to lay off people ...

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