THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, December 29, 2011
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from your primary temp- tation (like every time you want a cigarette or junk food, take a minute to step away and enjoy a hobby/passion; change your focus), 2) minimize your stimulus (less TV, cell phone, computer/ more reading, thinking,
focus….don’t overwhelm that prefrontal cortex) and 3) don’t quit on yourself…. if you fail and honestly, we all do, then don’t quit. Regroup and get back af- ter it.
Ultimately, the goal is to
be healthy and happy. To have the life you want. In the end, like so many oth-
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SOWELL from 7 this nation hangs in the balance. Even back in the 19th
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century, when the scan- dal came out that Grover Cleveland had fathered a child out of wedlock -- and he publicly admitted it -- the voters neverthe- less sent him to the White House, where he became one of the better presi- dents. Do we wish we had an-
other Ronald Reagan? We could certainly use one. But we have to play the hand we were dealt. And the Reagan card is not in the deck. While the televised de-
bates are what gave Newt Gingrich’s candidacy a big boost, concrete accom- plishments when in office are the real test. Gingrich
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engineered the first Re- publican takeover of the House of Representatives in 40 years -- followed by the first balanced budget in 40 years. The media called it “the Clinton sur- plus” but all spending bills start in the House of Representatives, and Gingrich was Speaker of the House. Speaker Gingrich also produced some long over- due welfare reforms, de- spite howls from liberals that the poor would be devastated. But nobody makes that claim any more. Did Gingrich ruffle some
feathers when he was Speaker of the House? Yes, enough for it to cost him that position. But he also showed that he could produce results. In a world where we can
make our choices only among the alternatives actually available, the question is whether Newt Gingrich is better than Barack Obama -- and bet- ter than Mitt Romney. Romney is a smooth
talker, but what did he actually accomplish as governor of Massachu- setts, compared to what Gingrich accomplished as Speaker of the House?
When you don’t accom- plish much, you don’t ruffle many feathers. But is that what we want? Can you name one im-
portant positive thing that Romney accomplished as governor of Massa- chusetts? Can anyone? Does a candidate who represents the bland lead- ing the bland increase the chances of victory in November 2012? A lot of candidates like that have lost, from Thomas E. Dewey to John McCain. Those who want to con-
centrate on the baggage in Newt Gingrich’s past, rather than on the na- tion’s future, should re- member what Winston Churchill said: “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.” If that means a second term for Barack Obama, then it means lost big time.
Thomas Sowell is a se-
nior fellow at the Hoover In- stitution, Stanford Univer- sity, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsow- ell.com
er times the outcome is in your hands, even though we often are made to feel that isn’t true. But it is true, and if you want to make a change you have to go out and get it. No one else can do it. Now, make those resolutions and keep them. Happy Holidays!
Dr. Graham Moneysmith,
DC., graduated from Palm- er College of Chiropractic in 2007. He is currently working with Crossroads Chiropractic at both of their locations in Meredith and Pembroke, NH. Their web- site is www.cr
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probably Russian or Chi- nese, which went unde- tected across the Pacific Ocean to our coastline. If it was a missile launch
from a Russian or Chi- nese submarine, it calls into question our ability to detect the approach of potential threats to our national security and our ability to defend this country. It should also alert our President, the Secretary of Defense and Congress to the increas- ing capabilities of foreign militaries, especially Chi- nese and Russian armed forces; and the need to maintain a strong U.S.
military establishment. We should not be cutting back our military forces in the face of a threatening environment. I agree with Brig. Gen.
Cash. The integrity of our administration is un- der scrutiny and “once again the leader of this nation chose to disguise the truth and keep the American people in the dark on an issue that pos- sibly constitutes a major threat to the entire U.S. population.”
Donald A. Moskowitz Londonderry, NH
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