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The “c” word


Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As a historian, I could talk your ear off about taboo. No, not that board game, although I’m pretty good at it. No, not the fifties-vintage cosmetics brand. I’m talking about those little quirks that each society has about what’s good, what’s bad, and more often than not, what’s ugly. The word actually comes from the South Pacific, as a word for something set apart or forbidden. It was the brave and bold Captain Cook that first introduced the word into the English language (possibly before he was chopped into bite-sized pieces) but it wasn’t like we waited for the word before decided what was okay and what was not. Over the past 300 years or so, we’ve come up with, and done away with, more taboos than, well, possibly pieces of Captain Cook. When once it was taboo not to remove your hat in front of a lady, our most modern taboos usually apply to Facebook wall posts or proper Twitter hashtag etiquette. Truly, we have entered a new Golden Age.

But all joking aside, we still struggle daily with the taboos not only of the here and now, but of the generations that came before us. I try to keep an up to date catalog for Boomers of “words and terms you’re not supposed to use anymore” and the recent flap over the name of the Washington football team is good proof of that awkwardness. The entire Hobby Lobby fracas over the past few months could be boiled down to a taboo on certain actions that are, funnily enough, actually prescribed in the Bible to begin with. The most successful of the fallen taboos of late would have to be the slowly crumbling opposition to marriage equality not only in Minnesota, but even recently in Wisconsin... pending a judicial review. Never let it be said that taboos do not die easy.

For instance, there is a large amount of our United States population, and the population worldwide, that have to deal with a taboo on a daily basis. Unlike race, or gender identity, or marriage rights, this taboo is still largely swept under the rug and often given a simple (and insulting) label as opposed to education, understanding, and tolerance. The people that suffer from these unfortunate situations have been taught since birth to hide their true selves at all costs, even when it results in tremendous pain to their lives and bodies, because they don’t want to be called out in front of the rest of society with the good old-fashioned blanket term of “crazy.”

Some people have mental illnes .....
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There is no justice in Houston County

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp Planning and Zoning Director - Bob Scanlan, Environmental Services Director – Rick Frank, Planning Commission Chair – Dan Griffin, and Houston County Commissioners – Judy Storlie, Teresa Walter, and Steve Schuldt have de ..... 
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Correction 7.21.14

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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In the July 14, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics article. It was NOT Roxanne Mensink who spoke to council about the controlled burn, it was Roxanne Sabatke.

Tilting at windmills and blowing smoke; can liberals keep fooling the voters?

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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Given the current political situation, no one can envy the position of the liberals and secular progressives in America. New and more serious problems and scandals seem to pop up every day, most of them not at all favorable to the Obama Administrati ..... 
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Correction 7.14.14

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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In the July 7, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there were a few errors in the New owners at The Gateway in Wykoff article. Their Friday night fish fry includes fish, shrimp, and ribs. They no longer do chicken drummies on Friday night. And t ..... 
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The Affordable Care Act

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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By Dale J. Eppen The Affordable Care Act, the Democrats say one thing and the Republicans say another, so what is the truth? As a health insurance sales person for 38 years I have read editorial after editorial, and all I read is pooled ignorance ..... 
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Are we doomed to polarization?

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
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We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ..... 
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Time to "Pay it Forward"

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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Our life span is a mere moment in time in comparison to the age of the planet we live on. It is our responsibility to pass on this gift of a life sustaining planet to those that come after us. We disrespect the rights of future generations by not p ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A conflicted state

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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We have a conflicted state here in Minnesota. Our state government preaches so positively about economic development while at the same time making it harder for businesses to stay in business. What I am referring to relates to small town America. ..... 
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