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A plea for law makers to work together


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

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 colleagues from both parties and buckling down to create useful bills for a better future takes real effort and work. Politicians who only criticize, finding fault with the work of those they disagree with, without producing anything constructive are not doing their jobs or practicing good governance. They are just taking up space and creating noise.

Affordable Care Act, not yet a work of perfection

Our heath care system was in desperate need of a fix, prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is better known as Obamacare. No matter where one stands on the politics of ACA, there is agreement that access to our health care system was not as it should be. An inefficient and very expensive way to get routine care is the emergency room. Use of the emergency room drives up costs for all of us. In a moral society, everyone should have access to health care. Many people have been forced to live just an injury or illness away from bankruptcy because of our health care system. More than half of the bankruptcies in this country are due to medical expenses.

We spend at least two times more on health care in this country than is spent in other developed countries or about 18 cents of every dollar spent. Unfortunately, in many ways we get less. Our life expectancy is about a year less. There are only about two-thirds of the doctors and hospital beds compared to other developed countries. Staying in that hospital bed costs about three times as much with similar care. The objective should be to provide better outcomes along with a reduction of unnecessary tests and procedures which are primary drivers of the higher cost.

With the roll out of ACA, several problems have come to light, even disregarding the website deficiencies. Those in a position to make the accessibility of health care better even if they don’t approve of ACA should use their power and energy to improve and fix the program. The reality is there is no going back to the system before ACA. Recently, three Republican senators (Orrin Hatch-Utah, Tim Coburn-Oklahoma, and Richard Burr-North Carolina) pitched an alternative to ACA. Their plan has little chance of getting passed and signed by President Obama, b .....
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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
Posted in All Commentary

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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MNsure’s problems continue to mount

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch Minnesota House of Representatives,Communications Specialist Last week, Minnesotans got even more bad news about MNsure. While Governor Dayton jets off to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer dime and busies himself with discussions of ..... 
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When does illusion become reality?

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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My three year old grand-daughter came up to me, her eyes bright with excitement. “Grandma, let’s pretend!” she suggested. When I visit my grandchildren, it’s like entering a time machine. I found myself transported back 75 years. I lived in ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A family energy challenge

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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Over the past number of years, I have noticed that I have turned into my parents. I can’t recall how many times I was asked if I was born in a barn when I was a kid, but the answer was always “no.” But, once I became a parent, I could see why ..... 
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