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March 3, 2017
Reader Opinion: Study Leviticus closer
We often hear right wing politicians invoking text from Leviticus to condemn and judge their neighbors. On any day of the week, those same folks will happily go to Red Lobster and break the Leviticus prohibition on eating shellfish without giving it a second thought. There isn't any...
March 3, 2017 - 9:03am
October 13, 2016
Clinton or Trump? Both bad for Latin America, Venezuela's president bemoans
CARACAS, Oct 12 - Venezuela's president on Wednesday blasted White House contenders Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, panning...
October 13, 2016 - 11:57am
July 21, 2016
Reader Opinion: What you stand for
I have to giggle a bit to myself as I read yet another article from our resident socialist who, over the last couple weeks, has gone from talking about the surrender of his party leader, to now even distancing himself from the word "socialist." In the most recent rambling he actually...
July 21, 2016 - 10:56pm
July 20, 2016
Reader Opinion: Setting the record straight
There was no "basic misunderstanding" of economic systems on my part. During the Communist Revolution in Russia, even Lenin knew the word "communism" had negative connotations, so he described them as "social democrats" in order to deceive the world. What needs to be set straight...
July 20, 2016 - 8:24pm
July 18, 2016
Reader Opinion: Governance and economics
I generally do not respond to other letters, but recently I was inaccurately labeled so I felt I should. The inaccuracy comes from a basic misunderstanding of the difference between economic systems and systems of governance. The three economic systems we have been familiar with are:...
July 18, 2016 - 8:31pm
July 12, 2016
Reader Opinion: No real alternatives at all
After several rants from the prolific writer, he now wishes us to forget that he has exposed his true identity as a committed socialist. Earlier letters attempted to appeal to our rational side with passive sounding admonishments to seek new alternatives. But recent submissions betrayed...
July 12, 2016 - 12:08am
May 23, 2016
Reader Opinion: America - now and then
In the message in the Bible, Proverbs 17 it says, "It's stupid to try to get something for nothing." In 2007 approximately 96 million were on welfare, 27 million received food stamps and 7 million were on disability. Currently in America approximately 109 million are on welfare, 45...
May 23, 2016 - 7:23pm
March 18, 2016
Reader Opinion: Socialist surrender
It is starting to look like the socialist movement that our local daily contributors to the Dispatch have been begging for week in and week out is finally slinking back into its hole where it came from. Although Bernie managed to win the already liberal state of Minnesota with the...
March 18, 2016 - 7:48pm
March 13, 2016
Reader Opinion: Establishing socialism
America's been fighting against communism since World War I, yet, Congress after WW I, proposed and passed the first governmental ownership control program called the Tax Act under the guise of a 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, and states: "The Congress shall have power to lay and...
March 13, 2016 - 12:48pm
February 22, 2016
Reader Opinion: Confessions of a socialist
Recently I was accused of being a socialist. Now I'm admitting it's true. It was thrilling when government brought electricity, water and sewer to our rural Dakota town. I hated the outhouse, especially in winter. Then while at public school for 12 years, the county nurse organized...
February 22, 2016 - 10:09pm
September 23, 2015
Reader Opinion: Socialism
Well, I see our two favorite socialists are venting rhetoric again about things they do not have a complete understanding of. First, the 1 percenters. Does the writer not understand that without capitalism there can be no economy? The minimum wage is intended to be just that, a minimum...
September 23, 2015 - 7:17pm
July 30, 2015
Reader Opinion: The Socialist slant
I know we haven't quite reached the Socialist utopia that Obama and his liberal cronies are shooting for but he is inching closer to where half of the adult population works and contributes while the other half does nothing but sit back on government entitlements.
July 30, 2015 - 10:41pm
November 9, 2014
Socialism for the rich and powerful
We continually hear warnings of creeping socialism in America from the captive press and talking heads. To steer clear of that incredible threat we have curbed spending on social programs that might help the ordinary citizens, we would dismantle any economic protections for those...
November 9, 2014 - 7:03pm
Term limits needed
It's pretty obvious from primary elections around the country that voters are pretty fed up with business as usual. They are not choosing professional politicians. They are leaning toward other candidates who offer something new. This is another indication of the need for term limits. What...
June 9, 2014 - 3:03pm
It's called socialism
Look at the bright side, in a few weeks the days start getting shorter again. Ok, I think I got it. The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare is quite simple. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to un-insure the insured. Then we require the newly uninsured to...
June 9, 2014 - 12:33pm