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Looking back: The unique perspective of time


Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Herb Panko

Chatfield, Minn.

Jeff Erding’s article in the Fillmore County Journal, February 24, 2014, issue, shows an astounding compilation of wild assertions, exaggerations, unsupportable opinions, and outright false statements.

Let’s start with his first “whopper.” Mr. Erding wonders, “Was our system of health care (before Obamacare) all that bad?” Yes, Mr. Erding, unless you have been living under a rock over the past several decades, it was that bad.

There was nearly universal agreement among conservatives and liberals alike that the previous system was badly in need of fixing. There were too many problems with the old system to delineate here, but let’s just point out two of the worst ones.

Under the old healthcare system, insurance companies could deny coverage for nearly any pre-existing condition. There were also lifetime limits. If you had extensive cancer surgery and you had exceeded your lifetime limit of, say, $200,000 by $300,000, you were on the hook for 300 grand. Obamacare eliminates both of these stipulations. It also puts a cap on the amount insurance companies can take out of your premium and pay their stockholders and overhead costs. It was commonly 60-70 percent or more. Obamacare limits that to 20 percent. The rest has to actually go to healthcare. Although still not perfect, Obamacare is a great improvement on what used to exist.

Mr. Erding goes on to say, “Our closest allies have abandoned us and world opinion of the USA is at an all-time low.” This is nothing short of a gross exaggeration. Germany, the UK, France, Italy, and most of our European allies have “abandoned” us? Disagreements, yes, but abandonment? Hardly! Of course, Mr. Erding provides no proof of that even if he could.

Next Mr. Erding says the “situation in the Middle East is now in a complete meltdown, thanks to the ineptitude by Obama and Hillary.” If Mr. Erding had even a cursory knowledge of Middle East history, he would know that his so-called “meltdown” and “ineptitude” started long before Obama. How about the massive failure under the Reagan Administration to adequately protect our marine barracks in Lebanon resulting in the suicide bombing and murder of over 200 of our soldiers? How about Bush’s failure to capture Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan when he had the opportunity? The truth is no American president, Republican or De .....
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One Moment, Please... Gambling with Minimum Wage

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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There’s a lot of talk about increasing the minimum wage, both at state and federal levels. For Minnesota, the conversation has been leaning toward an increase in minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour -- a 31 percent increase. At th ..... 
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Rep. Davids’ bill would provide immediate tax conformity, tax relief for hard working Minnesotans

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch Minnesota House of Representatives Communications Specialist ST. PAUL, Minn. - In an effort to provide tax relief to hardworking Minnesotans, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is authoring legislation that would force M ..... 
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If we get honest about sustainability, it will revolutionize our lives for the better

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp It is understood that some of the things said in this article will make some people uncomfortable and some angry. That is good, because adults generally do not expand their learning as long as they are comfortable with their c ..... 
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Regarding healthcare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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It’s a bright sunny day in Lanesboro. My houseplants are making a vigorous effort to reach toward the light. The calendar is heralding the beginning of March. I feel 20 years younger since I received my new knees. I see myself riding my bicycle on ..... 
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At odds

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
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First off, I’d like to mention, with no shortage of sadness, that the car I had mentioned in a previous column, my dear green Ford, had to make her last journey to the great trade-in lot in the sky last month. I’m now the proud loan-holder for a ..... 
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Looking back: The unique perspective of time

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
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By Jeff Erding Last May Fillmore County Journal published a piece I wrote concerning how The Affordable Care Act was going to affect union workers who were covered by Multi-Employer plans. The information I used was not my own, but was gleaned from ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Creating leaders while leading

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
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This past week, on an evening that fell between winter snowfalls, the Fillmore County Journal hosted a group of Cub Scouts from the communities of Fountain, Harmony and Preston. Accompanied by their parents, the scouts came for a tour of our newspa ..... 
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There’s an alternative to the imperial presidency

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
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In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a ..... 
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