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Tom Poe

Charles City, IA
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7 years 5 weeks

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I live in north-central Iowa on a small VA pension. My fixed income (severely below the poverty line) means Qwest/Mediacom have priced their products out of reach for me. However, if I were able to participate in a discussion, I'd like to add this fodder:

I approached Jim Erbs, mayor of Charles City, Iowa, with a proposal for a community initiative that would create a local broadband infrastructure. It would cost a one-time fee of $50 for each building. A community-wide wireless...

Posted on 04/06/09 at 10:33 am in response to Pawlenty and Coleman: A political Gordian Knot ready for cutting

We're talking about two members of the Party of Corporate Welfare, as if they were legitimate political figures. This is a joke, right?

Posted on 04/05/09 at 11:32 am in response to Digital media and the coming gap in the historical record

The mention of, an Internet repository, is understated. Each day, the Internet is archived, and access is as easy as Google. Pick a date, and retrieve the site of interest., is also mirrored by The Great Library of Alexandria, and today, all works uploaded to, are also deposited in The Great Library of Alexandria. It would seem obvious, that any professional journalist would want her/his works archived in such a prestigious repository as

Posted on 04/05/09 at 11:19 am in response to House-passed tobacco legislation prompts heated reaction in Minnesota

There are a lot of flapping jaws, all relying on the talking point of saving lives. I've yet to see one of them mention anything about smog, air pollution, and saving lives. Signing a death certificate with cause of death due to smog was outlawed decades ago. Why? But, hey, what's a little hypocrisy now and then, right? By the way, the studies on second hand smoke were done in what cities? The biggest study was done in Birmingham, one of our nation's dirtiest cities. Why?

Where was this clown when the eight members of the Party of Corporate Welfare were arrested in Clay County, Kentucky, last week?

Posted on 03/12/09 at 01:27 pm in response to Madame Speaker, tear down this wall!

In an effort to restrict extreme personalities from the floor, criteria to be permitted on the floor are used. Or, is there another reason?

Every citizen is a journalist at some level. The Speaker, above all, knows that. We have this idiotic rule in place that elected officials only respond to their direct constituents. Yet, every activity of an elected official impacts on every citizen. Lobbyists for corporations have free and total access to all elected officials. Why?


Posted on 03/03/09 at 10:11 am in response to Cities launch PR campaign to save LGA payments

Minnesota must be proud of Pawlenty's insistence that what worked since Bush entered office to get us to this point, is the solution to get us out of this mess. Is he truly as stupid as he sounds?

Posted on 03/03/09 at 08:52 am in response to Police misconduct during RNC alleged in civil lawsuits

I agree with Mr. Lynott, and add that when government actively pursues journalists with the intent to silence them, as happened here, there should be severe penalties delivered. I hope every lawsuit filed brings out the truth about the overreaching of the Bush policies of the last ten years.

Posted on 02/26/09 at 11:56 am in response to Perception problem: Minnesota banks cringe at 'bank bailout' talk

The FDIC worked for decades to keep our financial system operating. That wasn't enough for Bush/Greenspan, and we now have to clean up Paulson's demand for entitlement to Bush's $1 trillion dollar going away present to his cronies.

We need to proclaim a moratorium on foreclosures, stop the bleeding, and reinstitute the methods from the Great Depression. Banks that want to be known as "good" banks, need do no more than declare what regulations (in force, or not) they operate under,...

Wouldn't it be fun, if wind turbines were treated the same as other equipment? A community could figure out how many it needed, purchase them, install them, and maintain them, just like a water tower, or police cars. Traveling in Minneapolis, I saw a wind turbine that some business had put up to service their needs. Maybe they got a tax credit, or something. I doubt they went through a lot of whatever the poster was trying to communicate. But, then, I guess that's why I'm not a policy...