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A letter to President Obama


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Life is full of surprises, including the results of the election and the former President George W. Bush taking up portrait painting!

Before the election, a little girl in kindergarten asked, “Why can’t we keep the President we have?”

The day after the election, I had a telephone call from my best friend in Pennsylvania. She was jubilant. With boundless enthusiasm she told me that President–elect Trump would clean up the corruption in Washington (drain the swamp) and how he is for “the little people!” I was delighted to hear the happiness in her voice, but at the same time, astonished that anyone could believe this to be true.

The comedian Larry Wilmore, when hosting the NBA awards, asked the question, “Is this country ready for a “white” President?”

As we approach a new year and a new chapter in our history, I want you to know how much it has meant to me that you have been standing watch over our country for these last eight years. On January 20, 2009 I watched with unmeasured joy as you became the 44th President of the United States.

In “Dreams from My Father” you shared how as a young man you realized that what gives life meaning is serving others. You described your experience working as a community organizer in Chicago. It was during this time that you embraced Christianity. You were drawn to the words of Jesus who taught that “we should love one another, feed the hungry, heal the sick and that the rich should care for the poor. We are told not to judge others and to love our enemies, that his love includes everyone. In the Christmas story the angels tell the shepherds, “Behold we bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to ‘all’ people!”

I admire your personal integrity. You are not motivated by ego, acquiring wealth, or power. You see working in government as a way of serving the people in this country. Family is your first priority. You missed having a father when you were growing up. Because of this, you have been determined to be a part of the daily lives of your wife and daughters. Listening to them and laughing with them helps you to keep your life in perspective.

I never miss any of your speeches. I always find inspiration in your words. You continually amaze me with your unfailing ability to rise to any occasion. My favorite memory came when you sang “Amazing Grace” as p .....
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The giving season begins

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There are two numbers I’ve been reflecting on this month: $2.1 billion and $373.3 billion. One of these is the total amount raised by the Trump and Clinton campaigns in the last election cycle. One is the amount of charitable contributions during ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The investment of college

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This may not seem like the right time of year to talk about college, but I think the relevance of this topic is timeless. Is college a good investment? No, no ..... 
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Rushford is a friendly place to visit

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Ann Bauer My name is Ann Bauer and my husband is Tony Bauer. We are from Caledonia, Minn. Once a month we take a morning trip for breakfast to Rushford. My husband works for Caledonia Lumber and in 2007 during the floods, they worked on many ..... 
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Devil’s advocate… An introduction

By Aaron Bishop

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Hello, Fillmore County Journal readers. My name is Aaron Bishop. For some months, I have wanted to begin discussions on matters facing our communities, our state, our nation, and our world. It was suggested to me that I do this by writing in the ne ..... 
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Sociopathology of free market capitalism

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

The very concept of capitalism, as the word implies empowers capital. It is not interested in social issues, sustainability, or truth. It only has one value and that is increasing wealth. Wealth is generated by extraction of natural resources and ex ..... 
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‘Tis the season to give

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

This time of year is met with warm fuzzy feelings of being around family and friends, having plenty to eat, and perhaps giving some of your good fortune to others. We can’t necessarily explain it, but November and December give us all just a wee-b ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Our community, our youth, and our Veterans

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This past week, on Veterans Day, my wife and I attended the Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. at the Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston. We both had the ..... 
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Thanks-Giving unto others

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
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By Eric Leitzen So I’ve got the Thanksgiving column again, eh? Well, I’ve already gone to the well one too many times on the “what I’m thankful for” gambit, so I’m afraid you’re not going to hear any stories about my beautiful, two-ye ..... 
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