Opinion

New regulation not the answer

The economy is collapsing and despite Obama’s claims to the contrary, the government cannot get us out of this. The problem is that government spending does not add any real value to the economy. All the government can do is to “redistribute the wealth.” And redistribution does nothing to expand or create new wealth… That is why communism has failed everywhere it has been tried.

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Americansalways there to help

The U.S. response to the devastating earthquakein Haiti, both through the government and individually, is just one moreexample in many of how caring a nation we really are. Americans are always thefirst to send aid when disaster strikes, no matter where it happens, even toplaces that don’t really like us that much, like Iran which had a horrificearthquake a few years back. By just being who we are, a generous andcompassionate nation, we can best win the hearts and minds of the people of theworld. When those in need see those aid packages marked U.S.A., when they meetAmerican volunteers, it buys more good will than was ever bought at end of agun.

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Comp Plan in need of the KISS method

Although it was probably all done with the best of intentions, it appears the county’s draft for an updated Comprehensive Plan is growing into a beast that needs taming. The Coalition for Property Rights has stepped in to take on the issue and hopefully we end up with a much simpler document, which is probably what we needed in the first place.

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Freedom of speech not limited to individuals

The Catholic Church has finally decided to take a stand against the powerful Kennedy clan. Bishop Thomas Tobin has asked Senator Edward Kennedy not to take Communion because of his open support of abortion. Kennedy’s position is in direct conflict with the church’s teaching on the abortion issue.

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O, America, I hear you calling

My wife and I sat down to watch the new Celtic Womanconcert Saturday night. Irish music has always provided me with greatinspiration and in that regard Saturday night’s offering did not disappoint.But one song in particular from this concert caught my attention, their newsong is titled, “O, America!” For me the song was a dramatic reminder of thepromise our country has provided to a troubled world.

“O, America you’re calling. I can hear you calling me.”

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Maybe now healthcare debate can begin in earnest

Maybe now health care debate can beginin earnest

Now that the Democrats have voted to send their healthcare plan to be debated maybe we’ll be able to resolve the health care issue,but it’s doubtful. We’ve heard a lot about how bad the plan is from those thatoppose it – but little in the way of how to actually, really improve it. Thosethat don’t like it want to tear it down and bide their time in the hopes thatthe Democrats will lose more of their majority in the mid-term elections. Evenif that happens the Republicans won’t be able to bury the issue for anotherhalf a century.

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Some suggestions for fixing the economy

With unemployment now over 10 percent and looking like it will get worse before it gets better, Obama’s answer is to call for a summit of small business executives and unions. One has to wonder what Obama’s definition of “small business” might be, but it is hopeful he would actually listen to the sector of our economy that has historically created the most jobs. However, with Obama’s propensity for big government solutions I am doubtful he will give real capitalists any serious consideration.

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Hardto play the game if you don’t know the rules

The federal Department ofLabor is inspecting family farms in Okanogan County and so far it sounds likethey are asking orchardists to play a game in which the DOL doesn’t want to letthe farmer in on the rules.

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I hate to say I told you so — but I told you so

During the previous administration my liberal minded friends would routinely ask me if I was sorry I had voted for Bush yet. Well, now I submit that same question about Obama – are you sorry yet?

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Row after row of white crosses and Stars of David, fill the Normandy American Cemetery in France. The burial ground overlooks Omaha Beach, site of part of the D-Day Invasion. Photo by Gary DeVon

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Visiting the D-Day Invasion sites was an overwhelming emotional experience

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been missing the last couple weeks, that’s because my mom, uncle and I went to visit my younger brother and his family who live on the Isle of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands.

While Guernsey has a facinating history in itself, dating back to before the time of castles and knights, as well as its occupation by the Germans during WWII, its close proximity to Normandy in France gave us the opportunity to travel to the places where the allies began their invasion of Europe to free it from the grasp of the Nazis. 

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