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March 13, 2013

Some systems need some work

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I get dozens of emails and suggestions on issues and items that folks want to see in my weekly column.

Some folks keep asking me to stop so much national stuff on unaffordable health care and our corrupt political system and direct what I write about to local interest. This is hard for me to do because I sincerely believe that these two issues are doing more to destroy the strong middle class in our country and state than any other issues. There are very few issues that cannot be root caused to a terribly corrupt political system that is ruled by a select group of special interests.

I will have to admit that I am surprised at the response with calls, personal comments and emails as a result of the column I wrote," Where the money comes from." I guess that I need to accept what they are telling me about local interest being so important.

I received an email titled, "Founded by geniuses, run by idiots" that is more truthful than I think we want to believe. I do not completely agree with the term "idiots" because I think we have a lot of intelligent people in government. What we have missing is honesty, character and ethics along with care for the folks they represent.

"If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally — you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school but not to get an abortion, you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. If you have to show identification to board a plane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government, you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat, you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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