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Surviving the silly season


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

I have it on “good authority” that Donald trump is “secretly a Muslim” and was “born in Kenya!” When we abandon truth, facts and reason the possibilities are endless! It’s a great way to confuse our enemies and each other. Indeed we seem to have decided that freedom of speech allows license to lie and create our own reality.

The Democratic convention in Philadelphia was fun to watch. We found out that there is still love and hope in the world.

President Obama encouraged Americans to “get in the arena” with the politicians. He said “Politics is not a spectator sport! That if we want a government ‘of the people’ we need to take part in the process.”

Hillary Clinton proclaimed, “There is nothing wrong with America that can’t be corrected by what is right in America!”

Michelle Obama made a candid observation. “Every morning I wake up in a house that was built by slaves.” Dramatically she brought into focus that change is possible.

The most poignant moment that stunned us all was the testimony of Kzar Kahn, a Pakistani American lawyer, the father of fallen War Hero Captain Humayun Kahn. Most of us born in the United States take our freedom for granted. Freedom is as much a part of our lives as the air we breathe. President Obama commented to the parents of Humayun that “their son who gave his life for this country represents the finest and best of our young people. (When Donald Trump was asked for his opinion on the interview, he compared the “sacrifice” they made to the “sacrifice” he made - “how hard he worked” building his hotels!) “Their story brings home the insight that immigrants who are often fleeing tyranny and devastation bring to our society. They have a profound respect for the rule of law and our Constitution.

The ascension of Donald Trump to the pinnacle of our election process is a reminder that we have work to do. We need to teach current events, history, and geography in our schools and encourage debate and critical thinking. We must re-awaken a regard for facts, truth and honesty in confronting our problems.

There is a tendency in every society for those in power to manipulate and use those who are vulnerable to their own purpose. It’s called “greed!” In reality, if those aspiring to be “middle class” are able to find jobs, there will be a growing dem .....
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One Moment, Please... Echo chambers

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

In last week’s issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was a Letter to the Editor crafted by Aaron Bishop of Harmony and he concluded his piece with the statement “Avoid echo chambers. Cheers.” I’ve been meaning to write a commentary ..... 
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The privilege for which “they” struggled

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Commentary

By Kathie Haynes I took this title mostly from a 1999 book edited by Heidi Bauer and Barbara Stuhler. I say “mostly” because the original title was for which “We” struggled. It is all about Minnesota women of the suffrage movement. You ..... 
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Plastic grocery bags? It’ll cost you

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Commentary

Europe has been taking some steps towards plastic bags and their impact on the environment. It is now commonplace for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England, who recently just implemented this practice, to charge a fee for using a plastic ba ..... 
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Meet Hillary

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

It’s been a crazy summer, hasn’t it? Unfortunately for my homestead, this summer has seen periods of large donations coming from the sky, and my grass has shot up accordingly. Now some of the longtime readers of this column may remember that las ..... 
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Correction - 8.8.16

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

In the August 1, 2016 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an error reported in the Fillmore County Open Class 2016 results on page 12. Under the Fine Art category, the Reserve Champion Fine Arts winner was John Hill of Spring Valley, n ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Wave

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Have you ever done the wave? I’m not talking about the one in which you stand up and sit down in synchronicity with those in close proximity at a sporting event. I’m talking about the wave performed while in the driver’s seat of your most c ..... 
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Personal praise for Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Betty Dowe I have to sing the praises of the Veterans Cemetery in Preston! I have never been to a military funeral, but have seen them on T.V. The ceremony my family and I attended for my husband’s internment was beautiful and brought chills a ..... 
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SMIF staff, board and partners on their 2nd annual bus tour

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Tim Penny Again this year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) Board, staff and regional partners set out on a regional bus tour. We serve a large area - 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota, which houses 30% of Gr ..... 
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