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A few inconvenient truths for my liberal critics

None of my columns has stirred quite as much reaction as my recent comments regarding our “overpaid state employees” and their “growing and unsustainable wages and benefits.” Of course most of the respondents were unwilling to “go on the record” with their comments. They simply wanted to let me know that my opinion was not based on fact and that it was just another example of the useless ramblings of a greedy and selfish business owner.

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Time to welcome innew decade with new year

The end of 2010 marks the end of the first decade of the21st Century – with the dawning of 2011 it’s time to welcome in a new decadealong with the new year.

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Reader complains about my BS (Bumper Sticker) editorial

A reader took me to task this week for “hitting a new low” by describing a WS – Window Sticker as BS – Bumper Sticker. Apparently, the writer is so sensitive that he fails to appreciate the humor. He concluded his 550 word response with the following; “Hereby cancel my subscription to the Echo” and You do not have my permission to use any of this in your newspaper. This is between you and me.” Too bad, he actually had a few valid points.

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Don’t forget the food banks this holiday season

The local food banks are always in need of donations andperhaps this time of year is the most important as families prepare for theholiday season this winter.

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One man’s Death Panel is another’s Cost Efficiency Panel

Much ridicule has been hurled at Sarah Palin and others who predicted that Obamacare would bring “death panels” which would decide to withhold medical care from the old in favor of supposedly more worthy younger recipients. The liberal hue and cry was apoplectic about Palin and others who were proclaimed to be “fear mongering” by inventing such absurd notions as death panels that would throw grandma under the bus in a government healthcare takeover.

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Bumper sticker logic retards the debate

Seen on a car window in Leavenworth this week:

If you don’t want to pay taxes you must not want; educationfor our children, roads, bridges and airports, benefits to veterans, scienceand medical research, state and national parks, social security and Medicare,police and fire protection, hospitals & libraries, OR maybe you just don’twant to do your share!!!!!

In other words, quit your complaining and pay your taxesbecause the empire is working hard for you. I don’t know if this was a localcar or somebody from the Wetside, but clearly they don’t understand how ourAmerican system works and the problem is that too many of our citizens arebeginning to think this way.

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Shop local: Morethan just a motto

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just around thecorner – at least that’s what the TV ads would have us believe – of course theystarted their campaigns around Halloween.

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The newest consumer fraud: the Internet

Last week the City of Cashmere, which is nearly broke, announced it will be spending $14,975 to develop a new city website. That might seem like an insignificant expenditure, but the problem is the costs don’t end there. There is the ongoing charge of $200 per month for hosting the site and apparently no one has attempted to quantify the cost of city staff tasked with the responsibility for updating and maintaining the site.

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Thanksgiving: A time to reflect

While everything might not be perfect and for some life maybe a real struggle at times, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to reflect on thethings that make us truly grateful. It is a tradition that has its roots goingback to the Pilgrims who came here in the early 17th Century looking for areligious freedom they could not find in England at the time.

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Many things to give thanks for this year

It is sometimes hard to find things to be thankful for as we approach the end of a difficult year, however, it is especially important at these troubling times that we take time to be thankful

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