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Looking back: The unique perspective of time


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

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 a union advocate website/newsletter. The gist of the article in the March 18 edition at www.labornotes.org was highly critical of the ACA and it’s affect on union workers.

My editorial touched a sensitive nerve belonging to a former area resident who still subscribes to FCJ. He was so upset that, even though he stated “I usually don’t respond to Right Wing Kooks,” he took the time to write me a two-page single spaced letter to chastise me for my “ignorance, prejudice, lack of education, and ridiculous opinions.” According to him, I have “made myself look foolish and invited others to use me as an easy target.”

To protect the identity of this person, we’ll call him Andrew Addelpate.

Mr. Addelpate, who stated he “had enough of your wingnut drivel,” felt compelled to respond as he is a “Proud, Progressive, Liberal.” Hmm. After six months, I wonder a couple things: If he’s so proud, why not write an editorial? And after recent events and revelations, is he still as proud as ever?

Mr. Addlepate touted the accomplishments of FDR, Teddy R., Eisenhower, and Nixon.[ Conspicuous by their absence were Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton. Strange! And not a kind word about Ronny Reagan!] He castigated me for my “right wing nonsense” my “extremist ideology” and my “unmerited negative insinuations.”

Now to Andrew’s glowing praise of our present chief executive. Obama replaced our “horrifying” health care system with the landmark ACA, a system so wonderful it cannot ever be improved upon except by a single payer (read 100 percent government) system. Obama saved the USA from a total meltdown, says Addelpate, by the canny bailout of Chrysler and GM. And his foreign affairs and military accomplishments are “ingenious” and his “Courage and ingenuity” exhibited at levels seldom ever reached.

Dear readers, please consider I received Andrew’s letter around the middle of June. Time has past and much has been revealed, allowing a response that reflects reality and not just opinion and political ideology. How do we feel now? What have w .....
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One Moment, Please... Creating leaders while leading

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

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
Posted in All Commentary

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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A plea for law makers to work together

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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When local legislators appeared before the Fillmore County Board a few weeks ago to hear the county’s legislative priorities for the 2014 session, commissioners requested that they work together to get needed legislation through. Working with col ..... 
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Will the Destination Medical Center have a regional impact?

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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By Jeff Gorfine Over the past 25 years, Rochester has evolved into a regional economic and cultural center, whose impact goes well beyond its city borders. Every day workers from surrounding communities commute to Rochester for employment. They in ..... 
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A view of liberalism

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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I do not care for liberalism. Not at all. Not because motives of liberals are bad, but because their premises for and “solutions” to supposed problems are repeatedly just wrong, and, far too often, result in absolute disasters. Lyndon Johnson ..... 
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Correction 2.10.14

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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In the January 20, 2014 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was worded that R-P Foundation Chairperson Lisa Ledebuhr was a co-donor of a $1,000 sum and $2,000 sum. However, Ledebuhr was acting as a recipient representative for the R-P Foundat ..... 
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Correction 2.10.14

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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In the February 3 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the next Fillmore Central School Board meeting is scheduled for February 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. However, the meeting is actually scheduled for 7 a.m.

One Moment, Please... Looking back while moving forward

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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If you visit www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, you’ll see 51 online comments (as of press time) on the commentary I published on Monday, January 20, 2014, titled “One Moment, Plea ..... 
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