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Columns

  • Why a Wisconsin election might lower your taxes

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker narrowly staved off a recall effort last week, which means of course, lower taxes for Montgomery County and Red Oak property owners.

    Confused? Stick with me for a minute.

    Walker, a Republican who was first elected governor two years ago, did the unthinkable in the Cheese state and butted heads with organized labor.

  • Guest Editorial | Ted Schoonover

    I am writing this column to explain how technology has now allowed County Auditor’s to make voting easier for the public and the precinct election officials as well.  

  • What matters more: Objectivity or transparency?

    I write a lot about the media because I have some insight from my public relations experience.  

    And as an artist I’ve studied perception.  So I’ll tell you what I recently told a group of pastors during a workshop on social advocacy:  it is not “objectivity” that’s important.  Honesty and transparency is.

    Objectivity is an impossibility.  Why?  Because everyone has a perspective.  And no matter how carefully you work, it affects what you produce.  

  • Working on a bet, plus some nachos

    Last week’s column, which had to do with a D.C. acquaintance who wants to wager $500 that Obama will be re-elected, sparked a number of responses.  Rod G., a regular reader, writes that I should take the bet.  In his opinion, Obama won because he was perceived as being different, had no record, and voters wanted to show the world ours is not a racist nation. 

    Now there’s a deplorable record and a budget disaster.  Rod, who suggests impeachment, does not think the president will gain a second term.   

  • A closer look at Red Oak stars

    I’ll be the first to admit I’m a sucker for history.

    Next to ESPN, I watch the history channel more than any other, and it’s no surprise when I was a child, I dreamed of teaching history, or writing about the St. Louis Cardinals.

    While I may have suffered from a somewhat limited imagination, my love for history continues to this day.

  • Thoughts on elections, as well as Matthews

    Last week this paper included an article on verbal slips made by Republican candidates during a recent local forum.  One candidate, while referring to three priorities, included “smaller government” twice.  Another, speaking of Coburg, said “Cobern,” and so on.      

    Next to this news article was one having to do with primary elections.  The second paragraph begins with the words “There is only three contested races...” We who live in glass houses, as the saying goes.    

  • Technology might offer too much for candidates

    Typically, I’m a technology guy.

    When I was a single man, I bought all the new gadgets as soon as they came out. Satellite radio, digital video recorders, game consoles, whatever new electronic there was, I wanted it.

    Even now that I’m married and with two children and reprioritized financial goals, I still ooh and aah at a distance at kindles and laptops and MP3 players.

    With that said, I’m not 100 percent sold on the newest technology offered by our County Auditor.

  • Guest Editorial | Jennifer Horner

    I’m writing this letter on a beautiful Sunday morning. Not long ago, I witnessed a perfect example of why we need, not what most people refer to as “mandatory trash” pickup, but what I like to call “provided trash” pickup. I’m not implying it be “free”, of course, but “provided” for a reasonable fee, by the City which contracts out the service—similar to a utility.

  • Some war poetry by Major John McRae

    In a few days many of us will listen to the recital of a poem written by John McRae.  There is more to the verse than what we hear.   

    McRae, according to biographical material, was a Canadian, a physician, and a surgeon.  As a young doctor he served during the Boer war, after which he returned home to resume private practice.  

    He was, in part due to his experience in treating war-inflicted injuries, asked to teach.  This he did, over a period of time, at numerous universities.  

  • Balanced budget rhetoric is all talk

    Anytime you got to a candidate forum for a primary, chances are you will hear a lot of similar comments.

    With the exception of County races, whether its Democrats or Republicans, chances are candidates for state and federal positions aren’t going to stray too far from the party line.

    So I can’t say I was too surprised at last week’s Republican candidate, I heard a lot about smaller government (except for when it comes to social issues), spending less and giving tax breaks.