History will rate Obama as very good president

The Barack Obama presidency, despite eight years of irrational and vicious clamor from his detractors, will likely get good marks in the pages of history.

First of all, he inherited an economy on the brink of catastrophe caused mainly by reckless, greedy investors (let’s use the proper name – “crooks”) on Wall Street. In his economic-recovery plan, Obama insisted on bailing out the banks, despite howls of what seemed like justified outrage. But that, along with other emergency measures, worked, and the banks paid back the money. He also saved America’s car industry from virtual collapse. In what was the worst recession since the 1930s, the Obama administration saved not only America’s economy but indirectly also the world economy. Yes, the road to recovery was slow, but in Obama’s eight years in office, 11.3 million jobs were created. The unemployment rate fell from close to 10 percent to below 5 percent. Too bad, though, the crooks didn’t go to prison where they belong.

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Let’s put our wishes to work for good changes in new year

The Newsleaders’ staff members wish all of our readers may enjoy a Happy New Year.

After all the depressing news developments in 2016, everyone is due for big bundles of good news, glad tidings.

This is what we, the staff, wish for our readers and – for that matter – everyone else in the world:

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Choose in favor of health as new year approaches

There’s some good news as we approach 2017. Minnesota is the fourth-healthiest state in the nation, according to another annual study released by “United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings.”

The report examined 34 measures of behaviors, health policies, clinical-care data and other statistics.

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Hurray for bipartisan agreements to investigate Russian hacking

Bipartisanship has never been more important, more crucial, than it is right now, and thank goodness the U.S. Congress – at least in this matter – is getting its act together.

This “matter” is the evidence from our intelligence-gathering agencies, most especially the Central Intelligence Agency, that the Russians were like busy termites, hacking into American computers and trying to interfere with the American electoral system, at Hillary Clinton’s expense.

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Trump should set up blind trust ASAP

Suddenly, the “Emoluments Clause” in the U.S. Constitution is a topic of hot debate and with good reason: A billionaire real-estate mogul with scores of foreign financial-business connections has just been elected president.

An emolument means “any salary, fee or profit from employment or office.”

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Beware of Russian propaganda as weapon against democracy

News about Russian interference in the American election process is becoming more and more disturbing.

A new kind of “Cold War” has begun, except this one could be dubbed a “Cyber War.”

The latest revelation is that Russian propagandists distributed thousands of fake news stories via social media, such as “alt-news” sites and other means in the months and weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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Triple Aim could be a win-win-win for all of us

Hats off to CentraCare Health’s initiative dubbed Triple Aim, an effort to help people in central Minnesota become healthier by choosing wiser day-to-day lifestyles.

The cost of health care, no matter which system of insurance evolves, is going to become astronomically expensive, even more than it is now. As the huge number of baby boomers age, those costs will rapidly accelerate. It’s a frightening prospect.

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Shop local translates into local economic well-being

“Shop Local.”

That cannot be said often enough. Shop local, and keep the money stream closer to home.

Studies show when buying from independent, locally-owned businesses rather than from nationally-owned businesses, more local money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Thriving local businesses, of course, also means jobs, wages, taxes and good connections.

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