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Fri, Nov 30th, 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 authority 'holy' books that were allegedly written between 1400 and 3000 years ago by primitive, often barbaric, cultures who had little understanding of the natural world."

I can understand how Panko can disbelieve in the "holiness" of these writings, but, if it's possible, I would like for him to elaborate on what he means by the cultures who wrote these books being primitive, often barbaric (now and then barbaric, does he mean?), and having little understanding of the natural world.

It seems to me that if these cultures were able to write their religions down--indeed, even cared enough to, as it were, heavily define their belief systems--if they were able to read and write they seem to me not "barbaric" but civilized.

What's that about not understanding the natural world? He's not talking about shepherding, is he? Surely they understood brick-making and smithing (remember, one of the cultures he's talking about here is that of the Classical Romans) road-building, they built aqueducts. This is off the top of my head, I care not to go on. They knew that fire cooked their meat. It's possible they didn't know that microwaves could also cook their meat, nor did they know how to build a "Microwave" (I'm guessing), but I don't know how to build a Microwave either and I wouldn't have known microwaves cooked meat unless some specialist told me, or, rather, a teacher who learned it from a book written by a man who learned it from a specialist. Ever heard the phrase, "standing on the shoulders of giants"? I hope Panko doesn't think me primitive.

"The fact that they [primitive, often barbaric cultures existing 1400-3000 years ago] attributed disease and cataclysmic events to an often angry, vengeful god is further indication of their pre-modern, naive, and unsophisticated belief systems." Pre-modern? Is their error that they didn't have our technological advances? Naive? Unsophisticated? Surely this is mere name-calling. I wonder if Panko has ever entertained the religious notion that since God is the One Who created germs and plate-tectonics in the first place, He could very well be the One behind these "natural" world things. Which makes it a very good question, Why did God let this happen? .....
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Fri, Nov 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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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Harry V. Stennes

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Harry V. Stennes, 85, of Mabel, died November 1, 2001 in Tomah, WI.

He was born in Newburg Township, Fillmore County, to John and Minnie (Hagen) Stennes. He attended Tawney School in rural Mabel. On Dec. 14, 1938, he married Vivian Stenn ..... 
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