• MIA: Made in America 05-20-2011

    Made in China: indeed.

    This is akin to the phrase popular in my childhood: “Made in Japan”. Translated, this meant junk. Now, that phrase applies to Chinese goods. More each day. The quality keeps going down, while the prices keep going up. Surely, America can make a decent set of sheets for $199, a recently advertised price.

  • Pearl Harbor 05-20-2011

    To the reader who had the courtesy to call my little aside on Peal Harbor a history, I say thank you. The article was written in response to another reader/writer who had foolishly said that because we have thousands of hunters with rifles they are a matter of national security: "Those large number of rifles are the sole reason we were not invaded by the Japanese during WWII." This outrageous comment begged a response, I had no intention of giving a history of Pearl - just a small lesson on the logistics of refueling all those 'Japanese' invaders. 

  • Do you like the change?

  • Pearl Harbor information 05-13-2011

  • The blame game and national security

    It's unfortunate that a few readers accuse others of memory loss while their own memories abound  with distortions and omissions intended to support their own political biases. What we do remember is that the deficit has quadrupled in the first two years of the current Washington Administration and,     now in its third year, we find our economy groaning under a national debt of over fourteen trillion dollars. As these conditions worsen, the meaning of the word “prosperity” is also rapidly shrinking from memory.

  • Code violation 05-06-2011

    I recently received a code violation regarding an installation of a heat pump at a second house I rent to a client.
    I obtained a licensed contractor to obtain and install the unit. However, the contractor did not obtain the necessary permit to do the installation.

  • Put Americans first 05-06-2011

    A recent local poll revealed 84 percent of us do not want our taxes raised by any amount and in many cases, want our taxes cut! This is understandable due to the ever increasing cost of living coupled with our unemployment problem. We are being forced to live within our means, cut back in many instances just to survive. This is difficult to do, but necessary. At the same time many feel this common sense logic doesn’t apply to our government, getting upset when there is any talk of cutting back on specific programs that affect us personally.

  • Loss of memory

    How can the Tea Party members rant and rave and blame this administration for all of today's problems?

    How can they lose their memory, stick their heads in the sand and ignore the state our country was in on January 2008.

    Bush 2 was handed a $230 billion surplus from Clinton, Bush spent that $230, plus, and handed Obama $ 1 trillion deficit, how can all this be forgotten so quickly? How would you like to take over a company with a $1 Trillion deficit?

  • Infringing on property rights

    Monday night, April 18, our local Tea party hosted Don Browning, Marion County's own water czar.

    Browning introduced the Moody family, who are presently in a struggle with local government over the use of their private property for a business venture. There is a large artesan mineral well continually bubbling up from the ground and the Moody family would like to bottle this high quality water which at present is going nowhere.

  • A true citizen army

    I found these statistics on the Internet and had to laugh.  The number of licences issued  to hunters in just a few of the  states is staggering.