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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

Why is the United States Exporting Oil?


April 25, 2019

According to business media, the U.S. will soon be the world’s number 2 oil exporter. Why are we sending oil overseas when we need to lower gas prices here?

Has it really been 46 years since the pentagon removed the last combat troops from South Vietnam, thus ending America’s military involvement in the Vietnam War? The date was March 29, 1973.

Sherburne County in Minnesota has agreed to give a property tax break for Google to help bring a new $600 million data center to the City of Becker. Now, who among you believe Culver City didn’t give up money to get Apple and Amazon to move here? As sure as God made little green apples, it’s my feeling that if we gave away the cookie jar, then taxes will go up again or city services will go down, and perhaps both.

The White House Fiscal Year 2020 Proposed Budget cuts Education Funding by $62 billion.

How can it be? Twenty years after it was declared eradicated, measles is nearing a record. Thus far this year, almost 400 cases have been reported in 15 states.

Have you spent time behind bars and now need a second chance? Then, check out Pioneer in Seattle; they offer training, mentoring, education, plus a good paying job for former felons.

By 2035, the Census Bureau expects the number of Americans 65 and older will outnumber children 18 and younger.

It wasn’t that long ago that the Trump administration announced plans to transfer some surplus military equipment to police departments here, there and where ever. When the new policy change became effective, I asked our police department and was told that it doesn’t need or want battlefield style stuff.

It was just plain mean what the City of Los Angeles tried to pull on the homeless. It was on June 19, 2014 that three judges from the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that a city ordinance prohibiting people from living in vehicles was unconstitutionally vague.

It was only 71-years ago -- 1948 to be sure -- that the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks, or Jews or other racial groups were legally unenforceable.

For all your history types, this year marks the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu which began during the First Indochina War as Viet Minh forces attacked French forces in 195 -- and the French lost. I remember the summer of 1961 like it was yesterday when the U.S. Army was drastically increasing the number of “advisors” and looking for volunteers.

Did you read about The City Council in Meridian, Mississippi, which voted to cut the salary of Chief Administrative Officer Richie McAlister to $0, citing his performance.

China claims to have flown a hypersonic missile or one that flies at 4,500 miles per hour. China joins the United States and Russia with that capability.

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