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Baby Steps Toward Full Equality


Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Karen Reisner

Spring is a time of new beginnings, new life, and growth. Finally, winter is leaving us, kicking and screaming as it exits.

Social and cultural changes move at a snail’s pace and years of seasons come and go before evidence of change breaks ground and grows.

Two recent events are evidence of that growth. Barriers that separate us can be seeds for conflict whether they are based on prejudice, politics, religion, or one’s station in society.

In the 1954 landmark decision “Brown v. Board of Education” in a 9-0 decision the Supreme Court held that “separate but equal is inherently unequal” for public school education. The 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Society and culture is slow to catch up. This evidenced by the news that Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia recently had for the first time ever an integrated prom. The students made it happen. Cultural changes are more readily accepted and endorsed by the young. Four girls, two black and two white, used Facebook to enable the first integrated prom ever for their school. Amazingly, resistance to an integrated prom continues as white parents organized a white only prom for their kids. Parents have in past years sponsored the separate proms allowing them not to be officially sanctioned by the school.

Secondly, Jason Collins was the first male active major professional sports athlete to announce he was gay. All of us should be entitled to live our lives honestly without having to publicly live a lie to fit in. It shouldn’t make a difference whether a professional athlete is straight or gay. They shouldn’t have to hide who they are and they also shouldn’t have to announce their sexual orientation. It is only one part of the whole person and has no bearing on whether or not he is in this case a good basketball player.

Deep prejudices die out very slowly. Prejudices are harmful to society and communities. Unfortunately, some cultural changes only come about when older generations, that cling to what was, pass away taking the prejudices with them to their grave.

I’m not naïve enough to believe that there is anyone that is without prejudice. Our beliefs are instilled deep within us by our upbringing, our living environment, family, country and so on. Our ability to seek out and understa .....
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One Moment, Please... Are we ready for change?

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com While attending the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) event on April 18th at Four Daughters Winery and ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn. Economic impact Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says ther ..... 
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Tired of Budget Shenanigans?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

With the formal release of President Obama’s budget, the pieces are finally in place for a reprise of the Washington drama we’ve all come to know. There will be high-stakes negotiations, lines in the sand, and enough intrigue to keep Beltway ins ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Minnesota’s gambling problem

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Well, well, well. It looks like the Minnesota Vikings e-pulltabs funding projection miscalculation trumps what I tho ..... 
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Purrfect

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis There are angels who walk among us. They tread the halls of the nursing home where I am recovering from knee surgery. We humans are subject to the winds of time which sweep us along without consulting our will. We are carried a ..... 
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Not the school you remember

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen There’s something making the rounds out there on them there interwebs: it’s a resignation letter from a teacher of nearly thirty years. In it, the teacher says a “long train of failures” in decisions not by his school, but b ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Hook, line and sinker

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Jerry Grehl, Harmony Guest editorialist Jeff Erding’s passionate opposition of all things that might restrict in any way gun ownership is based on a false premise: a premise that has been sold to him hook, line, and sinker by the billion dolla ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Promoting Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com As you may have noticed, recently, we invested in having our Fillmore County Journal van wrapped up at Kelly’s Prin ..... 
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