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STANDING GUARD: Patriots Among Us


By Jeff Erding

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary



Authors note: In preparation for Memorial Day, my submittals for March, April, and May are intended to recognize the military service of our neighbors and friends who dedicated a portion of their lives in defense of their country. Few, if any, think of themselves as heroes; to me however, they are heroes of the finest sort. Never having served in the military, my interest in history has inspired in me an intense appreciation of those individuals, ordinary though they think themselves to be, who lived through extraordinary times and events that changed the world forever. In doing so, they themselves were changed, never to be the same. As author Richard Moe put it in his classic Civil War book The Last Full Measure, “The duration and intensity of the ordeal and the range of emotions it inflicted on them- exhilaration and despair, hope and frustration, joy and grief- ensured that it [their experience] would remain with them forever.” So it is for all who have served in conflicts in every age throughout history; not having been present, one cannot truly understand what it had been like.

Were it within my power, I would personally recognize each and every veteran; sadly, that cannot be. Dear Readers, I ask your help in giving these patriots the recognition they deserve. They are all around us: marching in parades, serving in the color guard and providing military honors at the funerals of deceased comrades, some in nursing homes or living alone, some struggling with wounds and memories from which they will never fully recover.

Seek them out. Thank them for their service. Listen to their stories. They are the patriots and heroes among us. And while you’re at it, say a prayer for those who didn’t make it back; who gave “ The Last Full measure of Devotion” in order to perpetuate the liberty we enjoy and too often take for granted.

WWII: Milton Lund, United States Navy, 1942-45

Going to get the mail is not normally a life threatening activity; that is unless it is late fall, the year is 1943, and you must cross the icy, storm-tossed waters of Adak Harbor, Alaska, in a small motorized whaleboat to do so. The fact that 19 year old Seaman Milt Lund and 9 of his shipmates were willing to risk their lives to accomplish that task is a testament to how important that mail was to the crew. Any sailor or soldier will tell you: few things are more precious to a lonely youngster in a far-awa .....
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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Terbeest’s commentary

By Herb Panko

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Mr. Terbeest’s commentary (FCJ, 3-9-15) exhibits one of the typical qualities characteristic of extreme right wing conservatives---a message of gloom, saying the sky is falling because of various programs largely instituted by liberals. Also typi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Addressing Panko and Erding

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Dan Terbeest After reading Mr. Panko’s reply to Mr. Erding’s commentary from a few weeks ago, I had to re-read Jeff’s letter. Mr. Panko is very close to putting words in Mr. Erding’s mouth that he never said. If you are going to accuse s ..... 
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Learning to be a citizen

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?” I love that question. Not because I’v ..... 
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Leave the rest of us alone

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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Economist Tom Sowell in a recent interview noted that in 1838 Abraham Lincoln argued “that there are always people, if the opportunity presents itself, who will overturn this country’s whole basic structure for their own egos…there are people ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson cannot deny access to public data

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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The Peterson City Council may not understand the basic premise of an open public government. At the February 11 council meeting there were two items discussed that should concern citizens. First, a local newspaper reporter asked the city to send ..... 
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What if we were to acknowledge that we must live within the laws of nature?

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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What if we recognized depletion of resources and pollution constitutes theft from Nature’s Trust which belongs to everyone and belongs to no one? “The thing that you have to understand about nature and natural law is, there’s no mercy. . . . ..... 
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Justice for all

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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Makeda and I met when we worked together at Donaldson’s department store in the seventies. I sold pictures and handled custom framing. Makeda was the lamp lady. She was in to being a Muslim at the time. She was thirty-five, slender and wore tu ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Why can’t we grow?

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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If you visit the website http://www.census.gov/popclock/, you can watch our United States population clock grow based on three interesting variables. There is one birth every eight seconds, one deat ..... 
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