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Is America broken?


Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

By Karen Reisner

The difference between the political conventions is striking. Last week was a convention of hate, “lock her up”, which centered on all the problems in America. There was little recognition of all that is great about America. This week the Democrats so far have looked at what is right with America and what could be better.

If America is so broken, where else would you want to live your life? Where is there a better country to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, get an education, work, and raise a family? America is not perfect, no place is.

This constant barrage of negativity may in fact cause people to feel depressed, without hope. Research has shown that a positive attitude allows for a longer healthier life.

America does have problems. All throughout the history of our country there have been difficulties. Our form of government, while slow to achieve change, has been lead by forward thinking people who have made life better, more inclusive. Women earned the right to vote about a 100 years ago, the civil rights acts in the 1960s improved lives for African Americans, laws for students with disabilities and other protections for the disabled came next, and then equal employment opportunity laws. First Lady Michelle Obama illustrated American achievement in her words, “I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves.”

These and other laws were written to improve American lives. There are still inequities, there will always be more improvements to be made.

Hateful rhetoric is like a fungus, it feeds on itself. Stoking fear does not solve anything. The man that wants to be commander in chief calls the American military a disaster. Proclaiming “I alone can fix it” smacks of a dictator. This is a man that boasts of his great abilities but seems to lack well thought out proposals. He has shown little interest in becoming better informed about domestic and foreign issues. Our founding fathers created a Constitution that provides for three separate branches of government. It did not provide for a “strong man,” an authoritarian power figure.

We live in a complex, complicated world. Our president needs to understand this country and how forces around the world affect it. Isolationism in this day and age is not workable.

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Making sure our veterans can get the care they deserve

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar When we ask our servicemembers to put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, we make a commitment to give them the support they need when they come home. But too often, we fall short of that commitment, espe ..... 
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Where the election stands

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton The next few weeks in politics are a little like the All-Star break in baseball. With the Republican and Democratic national conventions upon us, it’s a good time to step back and assess this year’s election. Which carries ba ..... 
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State auditor says “conflict of interest laws apply to Peterson”

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jennifer M. Wood, MS, RDN The State Auditor’s letter from last December to Peterson states, “In reviewing the City’s general ledger, the OSA found five disbursements to Purchasing Power, a business owned by Councilor Lauren Rue. One of the ..... 
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Who is right?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson How many Christian faiths exist? In Rushford alone there are at least seven Christian church flavors, counting two different Lutheran varieties. Wouldn’t one think that Christianity would have a single unified faith if the ..... 
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Biggen’s BBQ incorrectly labeled at council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Chad Rich At the July 13 Peterson City Council meeting, Councilor Gail Boyum incorrectly stated that “come to find out, Biggen’s BBQ is not a registered business in Peterson and should not be allowed as a vendor in city celebrations.” I wa ..... 
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City celebrations and events policy at July 13 Peterson City Council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Dave Colbenson At the July 13 Peterson City Council Meeting, I brought forward a city policy that would protect and promote ALL businesses within the City of Peterson, whether in-home or located in the downtown area. It also required food vendor ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Finding the truth

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Is it fair to say that the Internet is now the judge, the jury, and the executioner? Recently, a 2000 Fillmore Central High School graduate, Kiel Rushton, was erroneously acknowledged as the officer involved in the shooting of Philando Castile on ..... 
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Are there guns in heaven?

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis Hunting has long been a tradition in our family. The freezer is full of squirrel and venison. When fall comes, the trees burst into brilliant color and the cold air has a clarity which excites the hunters. They don their orange ..... 
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