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  1. Op-Ed: Risk Pool Needs Expanding

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    April 3, 2012 by wcobserver

    Patterson, Dean

    Regarding the case presently before the Supreme Court adjudicating the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010, otherwise known as “Obamacare”, the crux is whether the federal government can require individual citizens to purchase medical insurance, i.e., the so-called “individual mandate.”

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  2. It Takes a Village (Of Storytellers)

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    September 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    Last week, one city official told an old story about a disastrous outdoor job involving dynamite. Like the best tales, it was slow-simmering, amusing and at its conclusion, everyone had a ripe-good chuckle. That story came on the heels of another anecdote about the misadventures of an old Winslow character.

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  3. The Mysterious Case of the Habitual Break-ins

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    September 27, 2011 by wcobserver

    One of the most popular items in any newspaper is the local police report. It piques that insatiable human thirst for scandal, titillating gossip, and offers a peek into the shady side of human nature.

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  4. We Can Always Learn More

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    September 1, 2011 by wcobserver

    As sure as day follows night those flexible summer schedules will firm up on the opening day of school. Like some invisible community clock the schools will for many families determine the rhythm of the home and all the daily life that swirls around it.

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  5. Optimism of the Will

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    August 24, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Let’s see: we are stuck in three wars, crushed by debt, faced with high unemployment and a deranged stock market, and all the while we sizzle like a chunk of back fat in a hot iron skillet. So, what do we do? Despair? Brood? Sink into depression? Not hardly.

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  6. The Other Golden Rule

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    August 12, 2011 by wcobserver

    Some say the money changers rule the world by controlling the flow of money through international monetary funds and treaties that diminish the sovereignty of nations.

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  7. Guarded Optimism

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    July 15, 2011 by wcobserver

    The West Fork Water Department’s woes won’t end with a hike in water rates. The depth and breadth of the problems in that department will require many months, perhaps years, to sort out and return the city utility to solvency and accountability. The people who attended the June 14 public hearing regarding the rate increase didn’t get much in the way of a plan to rectify the department’s problems, which aren’t limited to financial insolvency. The financial problems are coupled with insufficient accountability and lack of transparency in the Water Department. Add to that questions concerning the legality of transferred funds by City Treasurer/Water Department Secretary Kristie Drymon, wife of Councilmember Rodney Drymon. The “go forward plan” presented by the Water Department was mostly a list of actions that have been and/or should have been in practice all along. New on the list, however, was an agreement to increase the number of Commission members from three to five. Good idea. It probably wouldn’t hurt to reduce the length of terms for commission members from eight years, but that wasn’t mentioned. As word circulated in the community that there were openings on the Water Commission nine citizens came forward and offered …

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