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  1. Editor’s Interview

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    June 4, 2012 by wcobserver

    The Washington County Observer’s Editor and Publisher, Steve Winkler sat down with “On the Air” host (and frequent WCO columnist) Richard Drake for a rousing interview about running a small-town newspaper in these rough-and-tumble times. “On the Air with Richard Drake” is a Community Access Television show that Drake, a veteran of the media world, has been hosting for more than 20 years. Part 1:

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  2. Political Spectrum — A View from the Left: Does the financial industry need more government regulation?

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    May 23, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    Does the financial industry need more government regulation? Government regulation. The horror of the ages. Urban legend tells us that regulations kill the
life blood of American creativity, that “job creators” across this great nation of ours would be hiring workers by the bushel if weren’t for those regulations, which govern everything from workplace safety to environmental protections. And nowhere, the legend goes, does the hand of regulation have a more strangling effect than on our financial industry. And one of the most vicious pieces of legislation, the one that has kept the best and brightest helping to left our economy from the recession we now find ourselves in. When we talk about legislation of late, we talk of two things: J.P. Morgan and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The fact that J.P. Morgan lost so much of its investors’ money might seem to play up the urgency for bills such as Dodd-Frank, yet for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the J.P. Morgan crisis matters – pardon the pun, but I can’t help myself – not a whit. In fact, as he pointed out on a news show this week, somebody made money off the debacle, and …

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  3. Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Left

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    April 23, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    There is a wonderful scene in “The Manchurian Candidate” (the original and still the best version with Frank Sinatra) in which the character played by James Gregory can’t quite figure out how many Communists there are in the State Department. After all, he has to give a speech that day, “proving” that there are, after all. As his wife Angela Lansbury (in a magnificent role so far removed from her bland “Murder She Wrote” character) harries him, his eye falls upon the Heinz Ketchup, advertising its “57 Varieties” on the bottle. “There are 57 Communists in the State Department!” he cries aloud later that day, waving a piece of paper before TV cameras, thus becoming just one more player in Angela Lansbury’s communist plot. Yes, there were communists; he just didn’t know where to look. Today, of course, the number has jumped from 57 to 80, and they are not in the State Department but in Congress, and Ted Nugent defender Florida Congressman Allen West is the only man brave enough to speak truth-to-power. Clarifying his remarks, the good senator said he meant the folks in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Progressives, Communists, it’s all the same, isn’t it? Really? After …

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  4. Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Right

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    April 23, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    I collect quotes. Every once in awhile I’ll lift something from online or copy something from a book or magazine and put it in my file of quotes. But the files are getting full and need exposure to daylight. I’m going to clean them out. Want to join me in taking a look at the following? “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” — Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels. “Literally millions of Americans have had enough. They’re organizing, they’re studying the Constitution and the Federalis Papers, they’re reading history and case law, they’re showing up at rallies and meetings, and a slew of conservative candidates are throwing their hats into the ring.” — Garry Hubbell, Aspen Weekly Times. “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.” — Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Berea. “I love Arkansas. It’s the backbone of the nation, and it all starts with letting people be who they are.” — Ben Stein. “While it is the view of many scientists, including this one, that research behind the global warming scare has and continues to suffer from a lack of integrity, it is nonetheless true that think tanks, …

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  5. Political Spectrum: A View From the Left — Can Romney Beat Obama?

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    April 10, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    It seems apparent that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Can he beat President Obama?



 Mitt Romney, the man the Republican party must finally embrace as its standard bearer this year, is actually the perfect man for our times. He all-too-perfectly represents the conflict between what Obama means for America, and the modern-day values of the GOP. Romney is the candidate for those among us who fantasize about a return to the “good old days” when life was simpler, while Barack Obama represents for them the worst excesses of the decade that followed, a time when life became confusing. The Siren Song of the 1950s is the anthem of the “modern-day” GOP, and Mitt Romney is the perfect “Father Knows Best” candidate for them. The 50s, as historical revisionists would have us believe, was the last perfect decade (okay, except for the Reagan years, when it was a perpetual morning in America) before the 1960s came upon this great nation of ours and brought us down. Mitt Romney is the man to remind Americans of all of that. And he could win. Without the 1960s, men like Barack Obama would never have risen in the ranks of the Democratic …

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  6. Political Spectrum: A View From the Left – Talk radio’s ‘cooling effect’?

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    March 26, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    Question: The brouhaha over conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh’s incendiary remarks on contraception has intensified and more advertisers have withdrawn their support. Will this have a “cooling effect” on talk radio in general? Should conservatives be concerned? For years we have been hearing of the great liberal conspiracy to silence talk radio, to still the men and women who would speak truth-to-power (do you hate that cliché as much as I do?) and force Americans to live once more under the cruel tyranny of the “Fairness Doctrine.” The Fairness Doctrine, much like death panels and voter registration fraud, is trotted out every so often to scare the professionally frightened among us, those who don’t stop and say, “Oh, wait. What?” I refreshed my knowledge of the Doctrine at the website of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. I emphasize the word “Museum,” because this is where the Doctrine permanently resides, as a relic of the past. This rule, which once meant that opposing views must be represented on TV and radio stations is a thing of the past, is as dead as the Dodo bird. I mention this because professional hysterics are bringing it up again, as if the Rush …

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  7. Political Specturum: A View From the Left — Birth Control

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    March 15, 2012 by Richard Drake

    Question: Why is the national political debate so preoccupied with the topic of birth control? We’ve all been hearing a lot recently about religious liberty, freedom, the First Amendment and how lots and lots of men feel about the birth control debate that is sweeping this country. Well, one says “debate,” but in reality, the debate was settled long ago: most Americans are in favor not only of birth control, but also of having insurance companies pay for it. What began as a skirmish with the Roman Catholic Church has spread far and wide. Then again, not really. The national media, ever slow to pick up on a story, has failed to noticed that attacks on a woman’s right to choose birth control or have access to an abortion have been under assault for some years now. Literally millions of words have been written and spoken on the subject, but this is what it all boils down to: Women don’t have sense enough to come in out of the rain. I was going to go with the old cliche, “Women don’t know their place,” but we’ll come to that one soon enough. But really, when it it is all said …

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