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The tyranny of government’s unelected fourth branch


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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By Stan Gudmundson

I wonder how many Minnesota school districts have “issues” with buildings, superintendents, and/or schoolboards. Caledonia overbuilt and is paying the price for it. Declining enrollment tells you that along with the district’s citizen’s recent refusal to pass a $495,000 referendum even though its passage would not have raised taxes.

Winona apparently has a substantial backlog of “deferred maintenance.” If Winona follows the Rushford-Peterson template, there will be a new school referendum.

Sibley East passed a referendum but was sued for not coloring within the lines. A judge agreed and said the district broke the law. But never mind, “the district didn’t act in bad faith.” And now Sibley-East, using taxpayer dollars of course, has filed a $2.9 million lawsuit against those who sued.

The nonsense going on in the Kingsland district is similar to what happened in Rushford-Peterson. Gotta close the schools in the smaller communities you know. Administrative incompetence perhaps?

Not long ago, Chatfield did some substantial building after seven referendums or something like that. Their Brainiac administration asked for $19 million more on three referendums earlier this month. The district passed only one for $450,000. How can a district possibly require that much money if it is being properly managed?

There are also many districts wondering why they can’t get the kind of “aid” Rushford-Peterson supposedly is to get. Their problem is that they need better politicians. Or worse, as in our case.

Something wrong here? Yes there is. Minnesota’s education establishment has way too much power and influence. It’s not just the schoolboards, superintendents, and teachers unions that are the problem. There’s a lot more starting with the Minnesota Department of Education. Then there are all those “consultants” with their connections to environmental, engineering, and architectural firms, bond companies, and a host of other leeches. These folks are in the business of making money. Lots of it. Then add politicians grubbing for the education establishment’s votes. And money.

Did you notice any who aren’t represented here? Well there is one group. They’re called taxpayers.

Would you like to see the education establishment in action? Sure you would. Rushford-Peterson provides a great illustr .....
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One Moment, Please... Fate of Word on the Web

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Two weeks ago, I asked our readers to share their thoughts on the content feature we’ve titled “Word on the Web”. There were some readers expressing conce ..... 
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Congress’s problems are deep-seated but fixable

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
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A lot of ink is being spilled about the speakership drama in the U.S. House, the demands by members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, and the turmoil besetting the Republicans who run Capitol Hill. There is a pervasive sense in Washington that Con ..... 
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Thoughts on immigration

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
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In my late twenties, I had a diverse social life. I don’t remember when I met Alex. He came from Iraq ,along with his mother and older brother. His mother was Russian and his father, no longer living, was from Syria. Alex considered himself to ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Word on the Web

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
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In the past couple of years, we added a content feature in which we publish online comments from articles posted to www.fillmorecountyjournal.com. This feature has been titled “ ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The unaffordable care act

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
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By Dale J. Eppen The Affordable Care Act will soon have been in existence for 2 years, how is it fairing? The uninsured numbers are down, this is a good thing. Premiums are up, not good. Blue Cross Blue Shield has had a 49% rate increase appro ..... 
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Munchkins

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
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Leona Helmsley, an American businesswoman, was nailed for tax evasion back in 1989. When reached by the media, she famously said “only the little people pay taxes”. For the record, I was four years old in 1989. Now, it’s 2015, and I’m proud ..... 
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Make your money matter: invest for impact

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
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By Tim Penny President/CEO, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation With our Annual Luncheon approaching in October, it’s time to measure the impact of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) dollars across our 20-county region. Thr ..... 
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End the chaos

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
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The political divisiveness in our country today has become a sickness that threatens our future. Any particular ideologue’s definition of perfection is not achievable in a diverse governmental body. Hyper-partisanship is dangerous, drives chaos, a ..... 
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