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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • JOSHUA'S COLUMN — Problem solving and other problems

  • Last week I had to do an interview by telephone. Since there are always distractions in the office when I’m interviewing someone that way, I decided to do it in a borrowed office, one with a door that closes.
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  • Last week I had to do an interview by telephone. Since there are always distractions in the office when I’m interviewing someone that way, I decided to do it in a borrowed office, one with a door that closes.
    I looked for another desk to sit at, and discovered a complication — nearly every desk in the Gazette office is designed for right-handed people!
    Phone jacks, computers keyboards, multi-section desks — all are placed in the best position for people who write with their right hands.
    Hmmmf.
    . . . . .
    In our Sept. 30 issue, we ran several old photos sent to us from Warren Johnson, showing then-senators Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale appearing at the Redwood Falls airport sometime in the early 70s.
    We asked if anyone knew anything about the visit, and we’ve heard two responses so far.
    Domicio Arruda Camara Sobrinho contacted us through the Gazette’s Facebook page on Oct. 6. He wrote:
    “I was there. As an exchange student from Brazil at RFHS in 1970/1971 and remember that Humphrey made a speech at our school's auditorium. He was running for the Senate after being VP.”
    According to Gary Revier, the photos were probably taken when Humphrey and Mondale were here to discuss railroad lines between Sanborn, Wanda, and Wabasso.
    . . . . .
    I attended first through fifth grades in San Bernardino, California — that city that declared bankruptcy a year ago.
    The last time I visited was in 2004, and even then it was heartbreaking. Large chunks of the city I started school in looked like a third world slum. Burned out abandoned houses sat in neighborhoods I used to live near.
    Since declaring bankruptcy, San Bernardino's city government has been operating on a skeleton crew.
    Libraries and parks have been closed, piles of garbage sit in the streets, and the police chief notified the residents they should buy guns because the police won't be there to protect them.
    The public sector unions have taken the city to court to ensure they get all their promised pensions and benefits even though that would devastate whatever services the city still provides for the public.
    Right now the Republicans and Democrats in Washington D.C. are fighting over whether to raise the debt ceiling by a few trillion dollars. However . . .
    Currently the U.S. government is $16.7 trillion dollars in debt, with $1 trillion annual deficits predicted without end.
    What almost no one talks about is that the federal government also currently has $125 trillion in unfunded liabilities. If current trends continue as Baby Boomers start to retire, in just four years the federal government's unfunded liabilities will reach $153 trillion.
    There isn't enough money on Earth to pay that off. Politicians and bureaucrats have been lying to us  for the last 70 years.
    Page 2 of 2 - The question everyone should be asking is, "How do we keep the entire U.S.A. from turning into San Bernardino within our lifetimes? Can we even do that? And if not, what then?”
    Cheap partisan games over a few percentage points here and there are a distraction. If the answer is going to come, it needs to come from the ingenuity of the American people. It certainly won’t come from our political class, who always seem to come out fine no matter how disasterous their policies are.
    It's idiotic to depend on politicians of any party for solutions when they’re the problem the rest of us need to solve.
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