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More observations from an old soldier


Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Ron Scheevel

Vietnam Vet

As I write down these thoughts during the Memorial Day weekend I would hope that all of us will take a few minutes to remember our fallen comrades.

I was a junior in high school when President Kennedy was assassinated and I had little interest in government or politics when we began our involvement in Vietnam. In reality we were already there in the late fifties. Our leaders should have been aware of the French defeat at the battle of Dien Bien Phu. As the war escalated, more of our young people were called upon to bolster the size of our forces. The response of our young people was quite varied. Some got married, some received deferments, a few went to Canada, but many enlisted, and many like myself were drafted. I remember quite clearly the fall of 1965, when I received my 1A classification and had to report to Minneapolis for a physical. The notice to report for induction came quite soon and on January 26, 1966 I was Private E-2 in the U.S. Army.

My Vietnam orders came the following December after a year at Ft. Hood, Tex. I was in Vietnam by late January of 1967. The big troop buildup reached 500,000 that year and I was one of those troops. My duty as a truck/tank mechanic was quite docile compared to the grunts, marines, and special forces that spent most of their tours under fire on a regular basis. Many of our brave troops did not return from that miserable war and many that did still carry scars from the conflict, both physical and psychological. Time helps heal, but most of us will carry the memories of our tours to our graves.

The politics of that war are still perplexing to me. One of the reasons for our involvement was that if we (the US) didn’t stop the communists in Vietnam, there would be a “domino effect” in Asia. Using that for an excuse to enter into what was really a civil war for the Vietnamese people was probably a stretch. As for our military strategy, search and destroy, take a hill or an area and then leave to let the enemy return made absolutely no sense to me. It became routine for the politicians to try to manage the war from Washington, while soldiers were limited in their actions.

Meanwhile, as the battle raged on, the antiwar protester, especially on our college campuses continued to increase their vocal opposition to the war. As the years went on, the public attitude toward the conflict became more negative in n .....
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The curious case of the Loony Left

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

So, according to a recent Gallup poll (1), more people in America self-identify as “liberal” than at any time since they have started asking that question. Granted, they have only been asking it since 1999, but a lot has happened in that time, a ..... 
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Why run for office?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do. This is a y ..... 
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One Moment, Please... What Tonya started

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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Back in October of 2010, Tonya Keim started an initiative that brought the community together to support a project dedicated to replacing a dilapidated playground by the community swimming pool in Preston, Minn. At that time, many of our readers ..... 
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In response to “ Insure domestic tranquility”

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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There is an organization in America that has done more to insure “Domestic Tranquility” than all other civil rights organizations combined. Established in the 1870’s, it’s members provided training and support for soldiers and police during ..... 
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The City of Peterson doesn’t seem to understand the role of government

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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By Jennifer M. Wood, MS, RDN Peterson only has a few buildable lots available. When I purchased the lots behind my house in 2009, one with a barn and two empty lots, I was told that they could be built upon. Now that County Hwy 25 is being redone a ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Poor babysitters

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It’s become apparent to me that we have an epidemic in our society. IPads, or the like, have become babysitters of the norm. Back when Baby Boomers were born, this type of technology didn’t exist. And, while the Baby Boomers were blossoming, ..... 
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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