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Updated on January 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

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Re: “Letter from the Editor

I didn't check all the links in the squirrel commentary, so if this is repetitive I apologize: I've heard that a simple fabric softener sheet tied to the avenue of approach will repel rats, squirrels, and mice. Even if they only stop and sniff, at least it will give you a chance for a shot with the BB pistol.

Posted by RioBlanco on 06/21/2011 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Yes, Gas is Going Up!

Marty - You sure you didn't mean to say when the 'cost' of goods sold increases? No matter...either way the pumper is f'd as you said.

Posted by RioBlanco on 03/01/2011 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Letter From The Editor

"Some of those at the top — the Sarah Palins, Glenn Becks, and Al Sharptons of the world — will try to jump in front of the crowds and call themselves leaders. But they're not. They're opportunists and parasites on the body politic."

Oh boy!! ...could I add to that list of names!

Posted by RioBlanco on 02/25/2011 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Changing Times

I wonder if America will follow long-held Tennessee volunteer tradition and be helpful and supportive towards other people of the world seeking political democracy in 2011? In the 1989 version of the dominoes falling, America dropped the ball on several occasions, but then that may be a blessing of sorts since ours is such an aggressive democracy.

Posted by RioBlanco on 02/25/2011 at 1:58 PM

Re: “GADFLY: Aux Barricades, Wisconsin!

sbanbury, I was speaking out about collective bargaining and casting votes. As for your question to me, I see no differences in the principle of contributing to campaigns to promote valued interests...whether they be labor issues or corporate/management-type (Its worth noting that real people cast the votes and "fictions" do not).

I apologize if I am commenting between lines of your question, but in my mind, a more pertinent question to be discussed and debated would be what is the difference between private sector labor union (where you do not choose who you bargain with) and public sector labor union (where you do vote for who you bargain with)? My quarrel would be with the latter. An example would be the teachers unions and whether they serve or harm the educational goals of society.

Posted by RioBlanco on 02/24/2011 at 11:45 AM

Re: “GADFLY: Aux Barricades, Wisconsin!

As a conservative-type I have no problems with unions of class groups who can elect group leaders to represent their interests, i.e. trade unions, and then have said representation bargain collectively in behalf of the collective interests. Where my problems arise are when those union bargainers are also empowered with the right to choose by ballot who they bargain with. That stinks.

Posted by RioBlanco on 02/23/2011 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Letter from the Editor

Someone coined a bumper sticker that says "Gun Control means using both hands". I would opine that one must use a third appendage: your head. That pertinent requirement would hopefully disqualify the paranoid schizophrenics that concern the packrat. I would listen to thoughtful discussion of regulations meant to keep the mentally ill in the USA disarmed. Likewise, discussion of regulations (or consequences) to thwart criminal-minded types from packing heat is also a welcome discussion. In either case, it is what is in the head of the shooter that is the bigger problem here (although chopping off both hands would deter a rogue gunman too)... and arguably not the fire-power equipment itself.

Many regulatory proposals fall flat because people assume that if you ban the equipment and rely on some intellect or regulation instead, it will somehow translate to a more civil society. I don't believe that at all. Those that do must face the opposition of people like me who think that even the existing public/civil gun law enforcement issues become part of that brand of policy failure and who needs more of that? Keep me on the safe side for now...armed in whatever manner I choose; capable of using both hands and my head. I don't think an ordinary civil-minded citizen needs an assault weapon but I certainly won't deny or prevent him or her from owning them. He is not a threat - he is an advocate and civil defender.

If anything needs banishment, it would be the current onslaught of media-portrayed violence (fake but made to look real because that stuff sells), and perhaps a severe backlash at the techno-killing-for-entertainment video gamer kick that consumes many of our youth from the time they are able to learn the operation of the electronics. The portrayals you see pervasively coming from television, movie screens, and interactive video games are sort of equivalent to having Bubba take his assault weapon to the bar. I dare say that the problem is as bad or worse in the homes of affluent society as it is in Jed and Sissy's trailer.

"Keep it handy, but don't take it to the bar Bubba...bad idea...someone will have you contributing to security screening and metal detection before you know it." [Can you spell: taxed enough already?]

Posted by RioBlanco on 01/23/2011 at 2:35 PM

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