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Easing sanctions on Cuba? It’s about time!


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It was 1958. I was 25 and living in Vero Beach, Fla. when I decided the time was right to accept an invitation I had received to go to Cuba. I met Gordon David when he was dock master of a boat-line in Hyannis Port. He was very excited about purchasing a “roll on – roll off” freighter and transporting goods to Cuba. I gave him a call and he graciously invited me to come to Key Biscayne and stay overnight with his family. He lived in a community of pretty homes with yards and palm trees with his wife and their four little girls. I watched his daughters gleefully running through the spray from the sprinkling system. I grew up fifteen miles north of Philadelphia, Penn. I tried to imagine what it would be like to grow up in this world of sand, sun and palm trees. We had a delicious dinner and a pleasant evening before turning in for the night.

The next day I found myself on a bus crossing the “seven mile bridge” to Key West at sunset. There was water all around that mirrored the blaze of orange and gold in the sky. It seemed that the whole world was on fire!

In Key West I checked into a shabby hotel near the boat. Early in the morning I went to the dock and was welcomed aboard ship by Captain Renaldi, who introduced me to the crew. Later when we were at sea, I was invited to eat with them in a rather grungy small area next to the engine room. A thin, bony old man with a toothless grin appeared to be the cook.

After eight hours we came into the harbor in Havana. We passed Morro Castle, guarding the entrance to the bay. The buildings of the city were in pastel colors trimmed in white and glowed in the late afternoon sun. Captain Renaldi rushed me to the head of the line in customs. All I was asked to do was fill out a blue card and I was a visitor in a foreign country for the first time in my life. It was amazing to me that this whole different world was so close to the United States!

Our first stop was the “Greasy Pig”, a dirty hole in the wall and a hangout for the Merchant Marines. I was the only woman in the place and found myself surrounded by merry, grubby men swilling beer. They were a noisy lot. My eye was drawn to a strip of fly paper hanging from the ceiling encrusted with flies. Cleanliness was not a priority.

An hour later Captain Renaldi installed me in a taxi and I was on a breathless ride to the Collina Hotel. Cubans are un-inhibited and fearless when it comes to .....
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are somet ..... 
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It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Erding is good for a laugh

By Mark Gusa

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

I finally had to write. After reading Mr. Erding for many months I had to reply. I read his commentary to get my daily or weekly laugh like I do when listening to Sean Hannity on the radio every night on the way home. They both cherry pick facts a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Erding’s rebuttal

By Herb Panko

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

I generally do not respond to rebuttals to my articles as I feel that such replies are of little value. However, in this particular instance I am making an exception, since Jeff Erding sardonically invites me to do so at the end of his rebuttal ..... 
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Results of the Harmony Community Chest 2014 charity drive

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Commentary

The 2014 Harmony Community Chest Drive has been completed. A total of $5,300 was collected via solicitation mailings. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the door-to-door campaign was not conducted this year, so the total collected is down from 2013 an ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Thanks to Bruce

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

You may have recently heard that Bruce Fishbaugher was retiring from his long-time leadership role with KFIL Radio in Preston. Well, he’s not completely retiring. He’s going to continue to help the station with advertising sales. While peop ..... 
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Sweet home Minnesota

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Greetings and salutations from Hokah! Yes, that’s right: after two years of struggling and trying to persuade Sarah to move, we closed on a house in Hokah less than a week after the birth of our darling baby girl. After a housing deal fell thro ..... 
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Fillmore County residents are lottery winners

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Commentary

Jeffrey Leibold of Spring Valley won $25,000 by playing the Lottery’s Cash Storm scratch game. Leibold claimed the prize on Jan. 2, 2015. The winning ticket was purchased at Sunshine Foods, 501 N. Park Drive in Spring Valley. Eileen Schansberg o ..... 
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