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Vietnam by an “old soldier” (young at the time)


Mon, May 18th, 2015
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By Ron Scheevel

Vietnam Vet

As Memorial Day will be here soon, and the opening of the Veteran’s Cemetary will happen this summer, I wanted to write down some thoughts, memories and observations of the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War was divisive from the start, with “Hawks” and “Doves” beginning their posturing from the start. The war itself was managed poorly, with the soldiers having to fight a guerilla war we weren’t familiar with. Also being limited by not being allowed to enter Cambodia (initially) or crossing into the “North”. The theory of “search and destroy”, then turning the area back to the enemy ended in failure. Every major battle was won by our brave soldiers, but we lost the war. It was difficult to watch as we left Vietnam after so many soldiers were lost in that long past war. The return home of our troops was greeted by our citizens with apathy and disdain. I believe that we were right in being in Vietnam, but the effort to win was not supported by the citizens. History may show that our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan might end in similar fashion.

I also believe that any President, the Commander in Chief of our military, should have served in the military, “boots on the ground” during time of war.

I know because of my experience in a war zone. He or she would have a first person perspective of what war is really about. I’m not saying we shouldn’t go and meet evil head-on when the need arises, just give our troops the full power of the American Military Machine, if the cause is just.

When we consider sending our troops into harm’s way, I would suggest to our leaders that they study their history books. Certainly if we are to survive as a free country, we must stop the barbaric likes of Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito, Stalin, Sadam Hussein, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Putin, ISIS, Iran, and the total disrespect for life and persecuting their own people for their gain. They must be stopped!!

I hope we (the USA) have the will and determination to continue to fight this evil.

In closing, there are a few movies and and books I would encourage people to check out to get a real grasp on the horrors of war. They are: We Were Soldiers Once (and young) by Hal Moore and Joe Galloway, Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand, and American Sniper by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. These stories are quite compelling and .....
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One Moment, Please... Boots & Badges - submission deadline

Mon, May 18th, 2015
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Behind the scenes of the Fillmore County Journal, our staff is always working diligently on something pretty special. About two months ago, we finished up our 30th edition of the Visit Bluff Country Magazine. This 144 page magazine -- our biggest ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Let the festivities begin

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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In today’s paper, you’ll notice several pages dedicated to the promotion of Preston’s Trout Days, Rushford’s ExpoCulinaria and Whalan’s Stand Still Parade. This is an exciting time of year, because it gives each of these communities a ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Patriots among us part 3

By Jeff Erding

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Dale Wondrasch, Korea, US Army 1953-55 The source of some details and descriptions is “This Kind of War: The Classic Military History of the Korean War” by T.R. Fehrenbach No one in their right mind wanted to be in Korea, North or South, in ..... 
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Prejudice and hate. Do these words describe Christians?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Let’s go to the source of our Christian faith to answer that question. Jesus said, “A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another.” Did you notice that Jesus uses the word “must”? Does th ..... 
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Job creation

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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National job creation numbers were flat in March and Minnesota’s numbers are tracking similarly. Obviously, job growth follows business growth. Through our various lending and other programs, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) plays a ..... 
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The dangerous ideology of the extreme right

By Herb Panko

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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One of the greatest threats at present to our democracy and our way of life is national and global right wing extremism. This ideology expresses itself as ultra extremism in the Middle East with the Isis beheadings of those who hold opposing belief ..... 
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For the media, traditional values still matter

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however. Far from considering journalists to be irritating pains ..... 
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Making local foods matter

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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Recently Target Corp. announced the expansion of its Made to Matter program, an initiative that highlights exclusive “better-for-you products” from mostly up-and-coming brands. The program is part of Target’s plan to boost its reputation as a ..... 
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