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June 2, 2012
The Journal
What jobs for vets? THUMBS DOWN: President Barack Obama gained a roar of approval in Minnesota Friday, during his speech on jobs at Honeywell, "I believe that no one who fights for this country should ever have to fight for a job when they come home." It would be nice if there were jobs for veterans, or anyone, to fight for. The latest labor figures, released Friday, show the nation’s employers added only 69,000 jobs in May, and that unemployment rose from 8.1 to 8.2 percent. We think it’s a great idea to have a program that helps veterans get jobs when they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. We think the program will be a lot more successful if there are enough jobs for them, and for all Americans. State-bound THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the New Ulm Eagles and Cathedral Greyhounds softball teams, who are both headed to the Minnesota State High School League State Softball tournament. New?Ulm Public won the Section 3AA tournament on Thursday, while Cathedral won the Section 2A tournament. Good luck to them and other area athletes still competing for the trip to state. Goodbye Big Gulp? THUMBS DOWN: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been crusading to improve the health and reduce the waistlines of New Yorkers, banning the use of transfats in the city’s restaurants for example. Now he wants to limit the size of the sweetened sodas (they call pop “soda” in New York) people can buy in restaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theaters. No more than 16 ounces per serving, he says. We have to agree that the super-sized cups (32 ounces and up) some people consume of sweet, sugary soda is a contributor to obesity. A glass of sods shouldn’t contain more calories than the rest of your meal. But the idea that the govenrment, by fiat, can tell you how much to consume seems wrong. Let’s educate and encourage people to eat and drink healthier.


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