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Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,

I was growing up at a time when it looked like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might one day have a run at the presidency. He had this to say about conflict:

Darkness cannot drive
out darkness;
Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
Only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
Violence multiples violence,
And toughness multiplies toughness
In a descending spiral of destruction . . .
The chain reaction of evil -
Hate begetting hate,
Wars producing more wars -
Must be broken,
Or we shall be plunged into
The darkness of annihilation.


Years later I hitched a bus ride from India to Germany after Peace Corps service in Africa. Of all the countries we travelled through, Afghanistan was far and away the poorest but also the most friendly. Everywhere we went we were offered hot tea and hospitality. What little they had, they shared. Iíve never forgotten their warmth in the midst of a cold wet Afghan spring.

Unfortunately, Kingís words are as timely today as they were in the Ď60ís. Iíve often wondered what directions things might have taken if he had become this nationís Commander-in-Chief. Is it possible to reverse the cycle of war and hatred he cites?

The recent series of forums held in Lanesboro provided a valuable opportunity to think about everything from military to pacifist strategies. Many thanks to Martha Greenwald, the Lanesboro Public Library, the presenters and the audience for making it possible.

Reflecting on the different viewpoints that were expressed, and on Kingís words, terrorist acts surely lead to annihilation, but what about our response? If we search the world to seek and destroy every terrorist many dead civilians will be left in the wake. Who then becomes the terrorist? More reasons to hate us and more reasons for new terrorists to continue the cycle of revenge. Wouldnít it make more sense to eliminate terrorism by instead eliminating its reasons for being?

This means looking at what drives our foreign policy square in the eye. It could also mean an unprecedented sharing of our prosperity. It means a major shift in the way we resolve conflict. We are the strongest nation in the world. We set the tone.

When we are as horrified, for instance, by thousands of children dying every month in Iraq as a result of bombing and 10 years of U.S. led sanction or by six million Afghani people facing starvation this wint .....
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Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,

I must address Herb Panko's article, "Another View: Some root causes of the September 11 tragedy" in the Nov. 12, 2001 issue of the Fillmore County Journal. He says that "[Christianity, Judaism, and Islam] use ultimate authorit ..... 
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Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, November 26, 2001

To the Editor,

The 2001 tax bill passed last spring dramatically changed how many government services are funded. Under the new law, much of the cost of K-12 education will now be paid ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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Orvis Carrol Paulson

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Orvis Carrol Paulson died suddenly of a heart attack on September 30, 2001 at his home in St Louis Park, MN.

Orvis Carrol Paulson was born on November 24, 1940 to Elvin Ingval Paulson and Emily Gilbertson Paulson in Rushford, MN. His childhoo ..... 
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Gordon Hansen, Sr.

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Gordon Hansen, Sr. of Harmony passed away at the Harmony Community Nursing Home on October 17, 2001.

He was born on February 19, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Anders and Oda Hansen. gordon graduated from vocational high school in 1941. ..... 
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Dorothy Ann Billman

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Dorothy Ann Billman, 66, of rural Chatfield, a homemaker, died of breast cancer October 14, 2001 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where she had resided since Sept. 27.

Dorothy Ann Pooler was born July 2, 1935, in Preston, graduated from Pres ..... 
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