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Letter: Common sense is acquired over time

Lynn Hummel's recent article in this paper addressed common sense being uncommon. Common sense is familiar to everyone but difficult to define. It seems common sense is wisdom acquired through experience, knowledge and errors and an ability to re...

Lynn Hummel's recent article in this paper addressed common sense being uncommon. Common sense is familiar to everyone but difficult to define. It seems common sense is wisdom acquired through experience, knowledge and errors and an ability to reason and use logic. As a result children have comparatively no common sense but it increases as one ages. In the process, the amount of common sense acquired depends on the wisdom acquired.

Also, recently there was a commentary by Norm Leistikow, DFL chair of Hubbard County, in this paper. He makes many misleading statements which result in wrong conclusions. Due to word limitations I will cite two examples. He wrote, "States with the highest taxes are often the most prosperous." According to a ranking prepared by Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council for 2010, New York, California and Minnesota are rated 47, 48 and 49, respectively, worst (highest) tax rankings of the 50 states.

The reality is that New York and California are about bankrupt and our state also has very serious financial problems which, if not corrected, could lead to bankruptcy. Mr. Leistikow would lead one to believe these three states are financially flush with a surplus of money and low unemployment.

Secondly, Mr. Leistikow states acquiring food and medical treatment is a freedom. Providing these items and accepting the consequences if they're not good is a freedom granted to the producer. Consumers have the freedom of choice as to whether or not they purchase the product. They do, however, have a right to expect a good product. The common thread throughout his article is more government control, big business is bad, higher taxes are good and freedom and liberty should be controlled.

It's interesting that the losing liberal democrats always seem to place blame on someone or something rather than themselves for their defeat. They blame the Tea Party, corporate money, conservative talk show hosts, ignorance of people, Fox News and conservative women. Maybe, just maybe, common sense or lack thereof played a part in the reason for their defeat.

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Arnold Leshovsky

Nevis

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