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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 shortage of what?!

Hiding behind the monogram

New Year's Wishes for 2015

Christmas is a feeling

State's Rights

Giving means different things to different people

On the road again

The 3Rs need the 3Cs

Calendar captain surrenders the helm

Black swans, in theory and in person

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Governing against the will of the people

Again, the 2014 elections showed how “governing against the will of the people” does not work in a democracy. Yet the current White House executive feels that his opinion, his values and the world as he sees it is the correct way to govern.

The writing was on the wall after the 2010 election, followed by the 2012 and 2014 elections, where the people responded to the government passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare” without a majority of the people in favor of the law. Yet, in the President’s “State of the Union” address on January 20, which was more like a campaign speech, Obama doubled down on “governing against the will of the people.” Look at how the “Affordable Care Act” was passed:

• It received not a single bipartisan vote.

• It forced through the single largest tax increase in history.

• It was repeatedly claimed “this is not a tax” then arguing in the Supreme Court “it is a tax.”

• It dictated that Americans must purchase ...

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Other Columns

Hiding behind the monogram

New Year's Wishes for 2015

Christmas is a feeling

State's Rights

Giving means different things to different people

On the road again

The 3Rs need the 3Cs

Calendar captain surrenders the helm

Black swans, in theory and in person

Our new garage door

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

A shortage of what?!

This morning’s news brought a story that was most disconcerting. As I heard it on public radio, it must be true. The story was about the prospect for the next significant global shortage of something we (the average American) consume almost 12 pounds of each year.

Given that, for the moment, the world is awash in oil, as large OPEC producers try to use their volume and the current low price per barrel to put pressure on the higher-cost-to- produce shale oil producers. (Shale was the last technology to become commercialized as it is a more expensive process and, until the price of a barrel of oil went up in recent years, wasn’t a profitable venture. In addition to the lower profits, many of the shale oil producers borrowed the money for their equipment, so the folks in the Middle East are also betting that the lower profits will affect their ability to service the loans.) We’ll see how that strategy plays out. In the meanwhile, the U.S. is the world’s largest producer, and the current price of oil is helping drive Russia into an economic recession.

So, what is this severe shortage? Water? We should all stay tuned for that one, but no.

No, the shortage I am talking about relates to one impacted by the increased planting of corn. The reports of bird habitat being ...

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news photo
Other Columns

New Year's Wishes for 2015

Christmas is a feeling

State's Rights

Giving means different things to different people

On the road again

The 3Rs need the 3Cs

Calendar captain surrenders the helm

Black swans, in theory and in person

Our new garage door

When is a Law only a Suggestion?

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Hiding behind the monogram

They sat indiscriminately on the clearance rack marked down like a thousand percent from their initial price. Hand towels. Not your everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill hand towels. These happened to be emblazoned with the letter “P” as in the first letter of my last name. I contemplated my good fortune for a millisecond before tossing a pair in my cart.

A couple bucks later, I returned home with monogrammed towels.

Monogrammed towels! I figured I’d finally hit the big time. Never mind they cost like a dollar apiece. It’s not everyday you find yourself confronted with the possibility of a monogram. A monogram practically sings your name – at least the first letter of it. Monograms are snazzy and jazzy and they look like they were made just for you – or for someone who shares your initials. I hung them in the bathroom and waited for company to come over.

Meanwhile, I took the old, worn and tattered towels that had previously hung in the bathroom and tossed them in the back of a cupboard. No need for friends, family or visiting ...

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