Keith Kube

Editorial #1a Property Taxes October 13, 2017

 

Property taxes will always be too high. This is irritating but not the problem. The real problem with property taxes is they are not fair compared to the urban areas of the state.

Rapidly rising farm property values caused this problem.  A disproportionate treatment occurred  between urban and rural families in funding schools as values often doubled.  This resulted in twice the tax with little additional income coming from that property.

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Editorial #17 Leadership defined October 13, 2017

Leadership

Leadership is like obscenity, I can’t define it but I know it when I see it!  It is an adjective given to Presidents, Generals, CEO’s, congressmen and Popes.  It is given by society to anyone who wins the consent of the voters to perform a necessary function in a civilized society.  It is often undeserving for the recipient.

‘Leader’ is not used to describe the skill set of a shepherd with his flock,

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Editorial #3 Definition of a Job October 12, 2017

As I covered in last week’s editorial, one of the biggest problems with our education system is the student’s inability to apply the information they learned in school to solve problems.

This problem solving step is the only reason for learning anything and the only purpose for our education system. If someone can not solve a problem that is costing their employer money,

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Editorial #4 Education October 5, 2017

With all the concerns society has today, education is often mentioned as one of the most important. The irony is the lack of educational opportunities is not the problem. There are more colleges, technical schools and learning centers available now than ever before in the history of the country, not to mention the cost is rapidly rising to well over $10,000 per year per student in high school.

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Editorial #16 The National Anthem September 28, 2017

The National Anthem

With the contagion of these displays by athletics during the playing of our National Anthem, we are seeing classic predictable sequences playing out that relate to business cycles, political correctness and the violation of our core values. These all have patterns that can not be ignored without experiencing very unpleasant consequences that can impact the future of our country.

In my editorial, the art of compromise, I addressed the ingredients needed to avoid these “unintended consequences”.

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Editorial #15 Art of Compromise September 21, 2017

Art of Compromise

Having lived much of my professional career in large cities, where people forgot that all food comes from the farm and not the grocery store, I have had more than my share of debating extreme ideas that result from radical thinking.

The irony is both liberals and conservatives have essentially the same desires and values: We all want a peaceful, clean world where everyone can be trusted, regardless of what they call themselves.

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Editorial #9 Term Limits September 14, 2017

Term Limits

With the on going saga of the health care debate, I find it ironic that a senator suffering from brain cancer would be hauled off the operating table to cast his vote to continue debate on overhauling the health care system in this country.

I have already commented on what it takes to fix health care, but now it’s time to address the issue of term limits.

The fact is we already have term limits in this country.

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Editorial #7 Health Care September 7, 2017

Health Care

How the government invest our tax dollars comes to a very critical point when dealing with health care. When does our personal obligations to our health care stop and when does The Government’s responsibility to provide health care start? That point is known as the social contract that must be decided by “we the people”. It is not for the politicians to decide. It must be decided democratically.

This point is at the root of the country’s health care problem and calling it health care is a misnomer.

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Editorial #14 Debt Ceiling August 31, 2017

Our Congress is again dealing with the issue of raising the debt ceiling. This almost biannual event is becoming a grandstanding show and not legislation. I would think congress would be embarrassed for showcasing their incompetence of not being able to control their spending.

They seem to have no concept of how to run government like a business. It is the biggest business in the country after all and we have politicians who have never run a business in their life trying to manage it.

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Editorial #13 International Security August 17, 2017

The recent events with North Korea are the result of years of “kicking the can down the road”. Like all situations, where only the symptoms are addressed, the problem always becomes worse if not addressed directly.

Rewarding of bad behavior always breeds more bad behavior. The climate of political correctness is largely responsible for this result. North Korea is on the same spectrum as any social disorder that occurs today.

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