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Our democracy at risk


By Herb Panko

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Like most readers of this newspaper, I consider myself a loyal, patriotic American. I celebrate the cornerstones of a successful democracy---the basic freedoms which all Americans enjoy---such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press. We also learned in our history and civics classes that a democracy is also judged on how well it takes care of its poor, its sick, its elderly and its disenfranchised.

But there are other characteristics of a healthy democracy that we tend to overlook. Does it respect its scientists? Does it respect its chroniclers of our American ethos---its historians, its poets, its artists, its writers? Here there is one red flag that stands out above all others. The most alarming concern at present is the refusal of a frightening number of Americans to accept long, established research and findings of scientists here and the world over. There is a growing fear in the educational community that scientific illiteracy is on the rise.

The most frightening example of this is that roughly 30-40% of Americans deny global warming and man’s contribution to it. It seems to make no difference to these deniers that the overwhelming majority of climatologists the world over have concluded through exhaustive research that our planet is warming at an accelerated rate and that our burning of fossil fuels plays a large part. We ignore such climate warnings at our own peril. Why have we suddenly developed an antipathy to science? It wasn’t always this way. During the ‘50s and ‘60s medical science found that smoking and consuming an excess of fat in our diets contribute to cancer and heart disease. The public largely accepted these findings with little resistance.

Another example of the decline in acceptance of scientific research is that roughly 42% of Americans still refuse to accept biological evolution. Despite the fact that this process, first revealed by Charles Darwin, has been overwhelmingly accepted and validated by nearly every scientist the world over for more than a hundred years seems to make little difference to the deniers. These deniers, most of whom are creationists, still cling to such myths and fantasies as the earth being only 6,000 years old and that man roamed the earth with dinosaurs. Such simplistic and ignorant beliefs have no place in a post-modern culture.

So all of this resistance to scientific knowledge and advan .....
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Part two: The future

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Two days a week, I get to put my $120,000 education to use as a substitute teacher. I’ve been subbing on and off for six years now, and one refrain I keep hearing from teachers I’ve worked with over a 300 mile radius is this: the kids just don ..... 
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Those who know Congress best are shaking their heads

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same question was troubling a ..... 
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Dayton the mediator

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Governor Mark Dayton is trying “the art of the deal” in an effort to finally produce a comprehensive state transportation funding package for the next 10 years. At the time of this writing, there is less than a week left of the truncated 10-week ..... 
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Will May 25 mark a turning point for Kingsland facilities?

By Jeff Erding

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

The long and difficult journey regarding Facilities configuration at Kingsland may be on the verge of a milestone decision. A Facilities Committee meeting will take place that night in Spring Valley at 7 p.m. in the District Meeting Room at the High ..... 
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All gave some and some gave all in Vietnam

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

While the Vietnam War lasted from November 1955 to April 1975, a black cloud seemed to hang over Fillmore County from 1965 to 1970.Out of the 58,307 U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam War, 11 of those men came from Fillmore County. The first yo ..... 
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How we got here

Mon, May 16th, 2016
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By Donna Buckbee When people go to rallies and hearings to speak up for our beautiful planet and against frack sand mining, inevitably some smug fool will ask, “How did you get here?” We are all part of the problem and we all need to change. ..... 
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The road to perdition

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

I am a Christian and must not hate people. As Christ said, “I give you a new commandment. Love one another.” Pretty straight-forward I think. But I really despise liberalism. Let’s start with this. Liberals do not trust us. At all. Th ..... 
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Entertainer and chief

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Saturday night I enjoyed watching President Obama perform at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. It was an opportunity for him to demonstrate his skill at delivering a joke. His timing is flawless. We were also shown a film strip which allo ..... 
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