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Governing in 2017


Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

Our new president will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Leading and governing, especially after this election cycle, will be extremely challenging. Neither candidate has the trust of even a majority of the electorate; neither will have a mandate.

We hear over and over that this is a “change” election. How each of us defines “change” probably covers a wide spectrum of definitions. Change can be for good or for ill. For me, the change I long for is compromise.

Our new president needs to lead, to patch together the divisions deepened over the last year, to heal the country, and to set a course for the country’s future. Members of Congress have to be willing to work with the president; to create legislation that is good for the country and the country’s future. They and the president have to face the reality that getting just 60-80% of what they want is a win. We citizens have to be satisfied with laws that may not be perfect in our opinion, but serve the greatest number of people. Putting together legislation is like making a stew, not all ingredients are going to please everyone, but the final product is edible and nourishing.

Healing the country will be more difficult with modern media. The new media which has grown extensively over the past 20 years has often driven wedges between groups and ideas. Tweets are not news; they are opinion. Talk radio and more recently “news related” websites and blogs have gained a loyal following, a following that only gets their news from one source, a source that beats the drum for a particular, narrow world view. Unfortunately, many of these media outlets make up their own facts and drive distrust of reputable news outlets. They don’t look at all sides of an issue. They contribute to division and a hardening of beliefs, tending to discourage any kind of compromise.

It is up each of us to do our homework and check into the veracity of the information being presented. Certain American institutions make our country work, not perfectly, but are necessary for order and our way of life.

Gallup conducted a poll in June of 2016 to rank our confidence in American institutions. The following institutions are ranked from the institution with the greatest confidence to the least: military, small business, police, organized religion, medical system, Presidency, U.S. Supreme Court, public schools, banks, organized labor, Criminal Justice System, .....
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The Working Mom... Only in a small town

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

Only in a small town There are many unique tidbits shared by internet stories and forwarded emails about the life in a small town. You know how it goes… “you are from a small town IF…” Of course, many of the stories are true but some are ..... 
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Correction 2 - 8.29.16

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

In the August 22 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that Todd Baker is running for Rushford Village mayor against Gordon Johnson. Following the August 2 council meeting, Mayor Johnson stated to the Journal reporter that Baker was ..... 
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Correction 1 - 8.29.16

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

An addition to the Preston Class of 1946 class reunion classmates pictured in the August 22 Fillmore County Journal, page 12, has been reported. Also in attendance was classmate Wayne Bastian, who was not in the photograph.

The media’s responsibility to our democracy

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Politicians spend a good bit of their time complaining about the media. But why should they have all the fun? I’m going to join in, though I tend to get upset about different things than most sitting politicians do. You see, I don’t actually m ..... 
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The other view of who you are

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Who are you? Do you know? What dumb things to ask, you say, of course I know who I am. True, you may know yourself, but in the world of the lamestream media, on college campuses, and in the view of many in the political establishments, especially ..... 
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Words of wisdom from an old baseball coach

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

Dear readers, I want to share a speech given in 1996 by a retired baseball coach at the annual ABCA coaches’ convention in Nashville. The speaker, John Scolinos, was well respected by his peers, having posted over a thousand wins during a career ..... 
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Surviving the silly season

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis I have it on “good authority” that Donald trump is “secretly a Muslim” and was “born in Kenya!” When we abandon truth, facts and reason the possibilities are endless! It’s a great way to confuse our enemies and ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Echo chambers

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

In last week’s issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was a Letter to the Editor crafted by Aaron Bishop of Harmony and he concluded his piece with the statement “Avoid echo chambers. Cheers.” I’ve been meaning to write a commentary ..... 
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