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A future with promise


Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We have endured months of silly wrangling in this important election year. Understandably, issues that are most important to the majority of voters are often issues that have a bearing on short term goals. It is well past time that we get some action on serious issues that will give us the promise of a stronger country for generations to come.

Shortsightedness by politicians and citizens is selfish. Those we elect to office need to consider how those decisions that they make now, which are politically expedient in the short term, may have a detrimental effect on future generations. We are just passing through, generations beyond us should not suffer due to our selfishness.

We have an ever growing national debt. We need long term fiscal reform. If elected officials gather up the courage and the ability to work together to tackle this real threat to our economy and security, there could be a future with great promise.

A bi-partisan commission (Simpson-Bowles commission) created in 2010 offered reasonable and pragmatic solutions to begin chipping away at the country’s debt. Unfortunately, the inability of the Democrats and Republicans to compromise and show real backbone jettisoned the opportunity for what could have been a “grand bargain” to slow the growth of the national debt.

Erskine Bowles lists three elements necessary to tackle the debt: 1)Reform the tax code, producing additional revenue, 2)Make adjustments to entitlements, slowing the rate of money spent on health care to the rate of growth of the economy, (health care costs are 18% of GDP) and 3)Make Social Security solvent and sustainable, so it is there for those who need it.

If the growth in the national debt is not contained, there eventually will not be any money for transportation, education, research, and defense. Bringing deficits under control is essential to a stable and prosperous future.

Compromise is a part of life. It makes any relationship function. Our country was built on compromise. For the last 15 or so years ultra-partisanship has been shown to be a dismal failure. The extreme left and the extreme right are driving dysfunction and if this dysfunction continues it will destroy our economic future.

The Concord Coalition, a bi-partisan organization, maintains that addressing the debt honestly needs to be a priority. If no responsible efforts are made to reduce the annual federal .....
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There’s too much secrecy in government

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is definitely the wrong direction. In fact, I’m d ..... 
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Fiat money?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Fiat money? Some might wonder what that is. It’s actually simple. Let’s pretend I am the government. I print fancy paper with numbers on them and give them to you. You say, what’s this? I, the government, tell you that it is money. Us ..... 
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Opportunities for rural Minnesota

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

As Minnesota lawmakers continue through the 89th legislative session, there are several items up for discussion that could potentially benefit our rural communities. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), our work intersects with many o ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

The March 21 issue of the Fillmore County Journal incorrectly listed the Bolton-Menk representative who addressed the Spring Valley City Council as Brian Malm, when it was actually Bryan Holtz. We apologize for this error.

Journey of the Heart

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Heartland Hospice and Chatfield United Methodist’s Gathering Place, in collaboration with Help Our Neighbors, are co-hosting Journey of the Heart, an eight-week support group for family and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s/dementia. The ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Some DMV humor

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Our children had been hoping and even begging to see the movie “Zootopia”. Luckily, this movie was playing at the JEM Movie Theatre. To be honest, I had no idea what this movie was about other than the fact that it was an animated movie for c ..... 
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Future talk

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

My little girl is over a year old now: she’s walking, she’s talking, and she’s got a very gleeful sort of stubbornness that I wish I could get away with in my everyday life. My wife and I are doing our very best to make sure that, even if sh ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A Wookiee write-in vote?

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Fillmore County has a special tie to presidential candidate Donald Trump. Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States from July 9, 1850 to March 4, 1853, was the last president to become elected under a party affiliation other than ..... 
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