Web site re-launch is coming

We?re excited about the relaunch of our Web site this week. To celebrate, we are having a contest that will reward those who take the time to surf our site and answer questions about what they find on it.

You can learn about the contest on Page 10 of this week?s edition. It was extremely handy that I found all of our prizes right here in town. I just looked at our ads and inserts last week and knew right where to go.

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Matt Esau, a former employee from the early 2000s, was back in town this past weekend. His company, called 3 Lanterns Studio, is updating our Web site. It is great working with him again.

While still in high school he helped us with ads during the early years of our existence.

I?ll never forget the phrase he coined then about batching photos in Photoshop. He called it ?computer manual labor.?

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Our business neighbor, Todd Jost of Jost Welding, had an open house Saturday afternoon to celebrate 90 years as a family owned and operated business. From what I saw, it was a big hit for many folks. It?s great that he understands the meaning of tradition and takes the time to appreciate his ancestors.

I like the prize I won, too.

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I read in the Mennonite Weekly Review about a trick play the Bethel College football team ran at the end of the game with Sterling College this season to score a touchdown. It?s an unorthodox play and was featured on ESPN and has more than two million hits on YouTube. Garret Hiebert, a Goessel grad, is the quarterback. Go to youtube .com/watch?v=fMdIHuzJRbw.

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If you received an e-mail about a number to call for a ?do not call list? for cell phones, you can disregard it. A search at Snopes.com reveals this e-mail has been going around for several years.

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If you really want to know who is responsible for the monetary collapse in our country that occurred in fall 2008, check into the Com?modities Futures Moderniza?tion Act unanimously signed by the U.S. Senate in 2000 and signed into law by then-President Clinton.

It allowed for Credit Default Swaps, which now, we are told, are responsible for the meltdown of our financial system in the United States and also extending into parts of the world.

To learn more about it, go to the ?60 Minutes? Web site using this link: cbsnews.com/ video/watch/?id=4546583n.

What amazes me even more is that the same senators who are responsible for those changes made to regulate our financial system have the gall to question the people who took advantage of the loosening of regulations that enriched so few by so much.

Both parties are profoundly guilty of causing so much grief for many, many people.

It didn?t happen over?night. President Woodrow Wilson said in 1919: ?I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit. We are no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.?

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