Notes from all over
by GDA email@example.com
Last week was a historic time for the Cook News-Herald central printing plant. All newspapers used to print their own papers. Then came offset printing and the advent of a central printing plant that printed more than one newspaper. Nowadays, there are few newspapers that print their own papers. The Cook News-Herald is one. In fact, the CNH is the only central printing plant for newspapers outside Duluth. The CNH plant prints from five to eight newspapers a week on its Goss Community four-unit press. Printers have usually all been male, but not at the CNH. Actually, the Cook News-Herald has the most complete printing operation north of Duluth. That is a rarity you probably couldn't find anywhere else in this country. Our new remodeling should be completed in a week or so, too.
Dave Cotton has headed up the printing department for many, many years, but he also looks forward to a motorcycle trip every summer. The CNH was looking for a printer to train, but no good candidates came forward until a lady named Tammy A. came forward. Well, she learned to handle the big press and last week it was all hers as Dave was gone on his trip.
I came back to the paper after errands and saw a sight you probably will never see: there were all females running the press and taking the papers away. Tammy was a little nervous at first, but she did a great job. I did ask if they wanted help, but they kind of told me to stay away.
In these days where many newspapers are folding, the Cook News-Herald, Tower News, and Floodwood Forum are the exceptions. In fact, the Cook News-Herald has had 13 or 14 attempts by others to start or bring a newspaper to the Cook/Orr/Crane Lake area and they are all history. This is the 116th year of publication for the Cook News. The Tower News is even older at 121 years making it the oldest weekly paper in the county, and the Forum, which started in 1938, is 81 years old. Rumors of our demise are like a lot of the news that the major media puts out, fake.
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Illegal aliens is the big news, nowadays. The liberals, mainly Democrats, seem to want as many as they can get, probably hoping they will get the right to vote. Well, the latest Harvard/Harris poll shows that 51 percent of American voters say they support the mass deportation of the 11 million to 22 million illegals in the U.S. should Congress fail to reach a deal that closes loopholes in the asylum system.
In the meantime, our government is relocating illegals on commercial flights to other parts of our country from Texas and Arizona. These illegals cost you, the taxpayers, $134.9 billion a year according to Judicial Watch. That includes education, medical, law enforcement and welfare.
You won't read this, but according to Judicial Watch, the Obama Administration freed tens of thousands of illegals convicted of violent and serious crimes in his last year.
Now, in the meantime, Pres. Trump's Administration and the Congress are running out of money and will most likely raise the debt limit again. By the way, the cost of illegals at $134.9 billion a year, costs citizens of this country about $400 each. The cost for a family of four would be $1,600.
The United States is a country with laws to govern it, but it doesn't seem like some of our elected people realize that.
Don't be surprised if Trump takes care of this sometime.
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In the meantime, the Democrats have another billion candidates for president next year. Don't the power brokers running the Democratic National Committee realize what a joke this is?
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Trump is doing wonders for northern Minnesota and its mining industry. He is rescinding directives from Obama that would slow down or stop Twin Metals. For some reason, our politicians up here don't seem to want our economy to grow. When was the last time you heard any but Stauber speak out for us?
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The weather has been great up here - no hurricanes, no earthquakes, no tsunamis. Yeah, the grass is growing too fast, but... Enjoy it, you are "living the dream" up here. Have a great July.
Another 4th of July has come and gone and has left with us many warm memories of relaxing and enjoyable times with friends and families. We all look forward to good food, entertaining music, parades or time at the lake. Yes, Independence Day is all these things to us, but it is so much more.
Maybe you took note of the veterans marching in these parades. Good for you if you stood at attention and took your hat off to honor them as they passed by. It is because of them - and thousands of others before them - that we have the freedom to come and go and enjoy all the things we did this holiday and throughout the rest of the year. Some with a limp traced back to their service, others bowed a bit with age, but they still stand proud and tall, just as they rightly should.
Maybe it would make more sense to put these heroes out in the front to lead the parade, instead of the local cops in their shiny new squad car. These veterans have weathered all sorts of adversities - hunger, hostile environmental conditions, bullets, bombs and throngs of deranged enemies, all bent on annihilating them. They probably could make it down Main Street just fine, even with a few 4-year-olds scooting around, without the local police sashaying down the road in front of them.
But this is just a goofy side note of some of the subtle ways our freedoms, priorities, and opportunities in the greatest nation on earth are being quietly subverted. Many others are far more flagrant.
Take, for example, the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park, whose city council last month voted unanimously to drop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at their council meetings. They cited concerns that our traditional Pledge might intimidate newer residents and they "want to be more inclusive to new residents and non-citizens." Then they lamely added, "We believe our citizens will understand."
Well, no I DON'T understand! I can only imagine the reaction of many of the generation before me who I learned a thing or two from. They didn't take kindly to weasels in the hen house and had a way of getting the attention of limpid invertebrates like these by rattling a few noggins together.
This is really cool, isn't it? The freedom and prosperity we enjoy today didn't just fall from the sky and land in our lap; it was by blood, sweat and tears and unbelievable sacrifice that our forefathers wrested our independence from the grip of monarchs, and generations of Americans have since defended our liberties from dictators and tyrants of all stripes. And anyone who lives here best get with the program to be an American too - think American, speak American and act like an American. If their fragile psyche has to blush when they hear our Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and the ideals of this great country, then they can just keep trucking right back across the border the other way and set up shop in a mud hut where life is good and they don't have to be embarrassed.
I have had the privilege to be a township official for going on 30 years now, and I have to say that every single meeting I have attended during this time - be it local, county or statewide - has opened with our Pledge of Allegiance. And as God is our witness, may that never change. I hear there are other city councils across the state who also have dropped our Pledge from their agenda. Could it be some nefarious virus that is inflicting this mental defect that these council officials would choose to bow to "political sensibilities" rather than honor and defend this country they were elected to serve? Apparently they're even too dumb to resign.
To get a whiff of a real stench, though, you have to move up to the national level. Did you have the misfortune to watch the recent Presidential Primary debates? Wow, it was worse than a bad case of the flu. I almost had to puke every three minutes.
To start with, the basic premise of their operations is 180 degrees off. We've been hearing for years now from the political elite how that all people are the same, all countries are equal and all religions are just as good. Evidently this whole conglomeration of intellectuals has swallowed this drivel - hook, line, and sinker - though recent history has completely refuted this goofy notion.
What have we been hearing about daily in the news for weeks now? Why, immigration, of course. Illegal aliens by the droves have been swarming across our borders like a migration of lemmings. Our border facilities are overwhelmed and bursting at the seams. There's nowhere to put any more of these migrants, even if they stack them up. Our president has been blowing the whistle on this crisis for months now, and he can't even get a yawn out of the lethargic corpses in Congress. Overcrowding, medical services stretched thin, basic services in short supply - did anyone think it was going to be any different when 10 times the number of people come pouring in than there is room for? If 100 kids from down the road and across the country came barging into YOUR house, how well could you take care of them?
Then we have weirdos like Nancy Pelosi who continue to rant about the "rights" of all these illegal aliens. Wait a minute, what is wrong with this woman? Has it ever dawned on her feeble mind that our Constitution guarantees the rights to American citizens - not the whole world? But they want to come here! Well, big deal! So I want a new car; the local dealer has lots of new cars - now is he obligated to give me a new car just because I want one? Sorry, but it doesn't work this way anywhere on earth - well, except in Washington. The intellectual skeletons there are tripping all over themselves to give all these illegal aliens citizenship, free health care and schooling, and a driver's license - when many of our OWN CITIZENS don't have health insurance, and right here in Minnesota, young drivers (American citizens, at that ) who have every "right" to obtain a driver's license have to wait up to four months or longer just to get scheduled for a road test. Yet, every day on the news hour, we're flooded with stories and images of the poor migrants' plight and the difficulties they must endure.
I have a solution to this problem: STAY HOME! If all countries and governments are the same and all religions are equal, someone better sit down and explain this to all these illegal aliens. Something isn't adding up. Why on earth would they all be risking life and limb to come here if life is so good back home? Or, in how many countries do you see Americans who are searching for a better life stampeding across their borders and demanding citizenship, schools, healthcare and all the rest? Amazing as it is, the simpletons in Washington can't seem to grasp this. They're more interested in sticking broom handles in the spokes of everything President Trump has suggested to alleviate this crisis. They have now been yelling for $4.6 billion for humanitarian aid for these migrants. And after that runs out, what's next - another $4.6 billion, and another one after that? Where's the end? Seems like it would be a lot cheaper to spend the $5 billion our president requested for a wall and other border security in the first place.
Our border crisis is prima-facie evidence that our United States stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world. Even with our faults, we have a country whose prosperity, freedoms and opportunities are the envy all around the globe. And this didn't happen by accident. We have a constitution, a government, and a way of life built upon better principles and ideals than much of the rest of the world where workers earn a dollar a day or less, human rights are nonexistent, women are treated as chattel, genocide is rampant and corruption in government is off the charts. Has it not served us well to have formed a government that respects and honors the people - a mirror reflection of ideals set forth in the Holy Scriptures of a wise and omnipotent God who loves the people and holds them in such high regard that He gave His life for them so their faults could be wiped clean? We have been blessed beyond measure by a mighty God above and leaders who acknowledge His worthy principles.
What a sad state of affairs that we have leaders from our local councils all the way up to those clamoring to be president who continue to apologize for being American, for having a great country and a great God - with the attendant freedoms and prosperity. The actions of those who shun our heritage and traditions and stand in deference to a bunch of illegal aliens falls somewhere between dereliction of duty and treason. It's time to call a spade a spade. And it's time for our leaders to stand up for Americans. Who will defend them? Who will support them? It looks like there is a bit of work to do starting right now would not be too soon to begin.
Jim Hofsommer, Chairman
Colvin Town Board