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To insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis

It appears that if we want to “Insure Domestic Tranquility and Promote the General Welfare,” we Americans will have to find a way to combat the growing violence in our society.

I was taught that all of us are born into this world for a purpose. We are all unique and it is through education that we learn about the world, discover our own potential and where we fit in the big picture. In order for these gifts to be realized, children need to be nurtured from the moment they come into the world. They need a safe environment, encouragement and opportunity. Where it is needed the community must supplement what parents cannot provide. If we fail to do this we squander our greatest resource. Worse, without direction, these children will grow up, in some cases, making poor choices, causing us to expand our prison system.

This is not the time for “austerity.” If we provide jobs in infrastructure, invest in research, hire teachers and police officers there will be a demand for goods and services which will promote growth in the private sector. As revenue increases we can pay down the deficit. Putting parents back to work would not only grow the economy, but it would provide stability for families where children could feel secure and thrive.

Testing students should be for the purpose of finding out what they know and what they need to know, not as a means to regulate teacher’s pay or determine how money is allotted to schools.

Students should be taught to reason, employ critical thinking, to restrain anger, and to be persevering and patient. “Bullying” could be virtually eliminated if children find there is power in helping their classmates rather than hurting or belittling them.

In the sixties we saw black and white images of cowboys flicker across our TV screens.We were told the West was won by the “Colt 45.” We watched Matt Dillon in “Gun Smoke.” John Wayne was our hero. The characters he played won their battles against evil with their fists or guns. Violence was an acceptable way to resolve conflict. In recent years our appetite for violence has increased. “Rambo” and “The Exterminator” joined our mythology. Like junk food makes us physically unhealthy, a diet of violent images tends to desensitize us and make us accepting of violence as a way of solving our problems.

Particularly disturbing are the leaders of ou .....
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One Moment Please.... Governor Dayton: Right idea, but not a state issue

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This may not be an exciting issue to talk about, but it is relevant to every business and consumer in the state of Mi ..... 
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What’s ahead in Congress this year

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don’t let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthc ..... 
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One Moment Please....Our future

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
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Our Team Sheena Tollefson, the Creative Director for the Fillmore County Journal and Olmsted County Journal, recently attended the Minnesota Newspaper Assocation annual conference in Bloomington, Minn. At this annual event dedicated to media prof ..... 
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Gettysburg Jacket

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
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I’m back in a classroom again, subbing. The other day I had to grab my raincoat to fend off the elements while helping students through the crosswalk, and I noticed something as I was buttoning up the snaps. “This is my Gettysburg raincoat.” ..... 
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One Moment Please.... Are we there yet?

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
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Since realizing the calamities of the financial crisis of 2008, economists have been analyzing data and attempting to educate us on the state of our U.S. and global economy. Wall Street is seeing record levels with the Dow hitting 14,000 points for ..... 
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Trust and government

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
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Polls over recent years demonstrate a declining trust in government, especially Congress. A recent Pew Research Center poll suggests citizens in rising numbers feel that the federal government threatens their personal rights. In 1995, 36 percent fe ..... 
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Over the cliff

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson I’ve quoted him before but it is appropriate to do so again. Historian Arnold Toynbee once said something to the effect that great countries and empires are not defeated, they commit suicide. The authors of the book I am John G ..... 
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Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
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During the Bush administration, Dana Perino was taking questions from reporters. The subject of the Cuban Missile Crisis came up. It turned out Dana had never heard about the installation of nuclear missiles by the Soviet Union on Cuba; the thirteen ..... 
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