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This week in The Times: Dan Johnson

March 10, 2010

This week in The Times: Dan Johnson

Vitals: Dan Johnson, 30, is originally from Peru. Currently, he works as an installation technician for Comcast. He also owns a small vegetable farm that consumes much of his energy during the spring and summer months. In his spare time, Johnson enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time outdoors.

1. If you could choose any elected official – local, state or national – to speak with one-on-one, who would it be and what would you say? I would speak with Vice President Joe Biden (D). I’d really like to know what his experiences have been serving as vice president for President Obama (D). Also, I’d like to know if he has any further political plans, like one day running for president.

2. If you were to move away from the Rock River Valley, what three things would you miss the most? I’d miss the parks, the rivers and the hunting.

3. What is your opinion of President Barack Obama (D) appointing former Army General Robert Harding to head the Transportation Safety Administration? His previous experience as a general should lend him some insights few others would’ve possessed. Transportation safety has been at the forefront since the Sept. 11 attacks. I think he’ll do fine.

4. Do you feel insurance companies posting explanations of rate increases will help or hurt the insurance industry? That’s a tough one. On one hand, it would seem a bit more transparent to list why rates are increasing. On the other hand, when people know in advance something is going up in price, they usually tend to stay away from it. But, we need insurance, so there really is no way around not buying. I guess only time will tell.

5. Question from last week’s “This week in The Times” participant, Kim DeLaney: Do you agree with the findings of the recent Stanford University survey that showed Apple iPhones were addictive? Personally, I have a hard time understanding how anyone can be addicted to a phone. But, those are a lot more than just phones, as I understand it. I bet most people would be lost without theirs. Their whole life could be in there. So, I guess I can see how someone could develop an addiction to something that important.

“This week in The Times” is a weekly survey of people selected by The Rock River Times staff. The column does not accept unsolicited submissions.

From the Mar. 10-16, 2010 issue

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