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Morse - Letter to the Editor


Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Letter about MN leaders

I appreciate how Minnesota legislators and the governor came together this spring with a solution for providing medical care for the poorest adults in our state through the GAMC program. I know the plan was not perfect, it strains hospitals, particularly rural ones, and folks in rural areas may have to travel a long distance, but at least they were able to pass a bill that is important for many low income adults.

Now let's consider others in Minnesota needing health care. Many have no coverage because they cannot afford the premiums, such as farmers who work daily with dangerous machinery, families with children, juggling 2 jobs and school, underemployed and self-employed service workers, small businesses just hanging on financially and others who need a plan.

If you can work on addressing GAMC - you can fix health care for those underinsured or without it. Yes, a federal bill for health insurance reform has passed nationally, but Minnesota can opt up and do better with its own plan that would cover everyone and control cost.

I worked for 18 years without health coverage before I was eligible to sign up for Medicare; 18 years worrying if I would be injured or get seriously ill and no way to pay the bills. I was lucky - many are not. Kids break arms, parents get serious diseases, farmers get injured. Skilled, hard-working people lose their jobs and their health care.

We need more movement, commitment, cooperation, and solutions. This fall, as we chose our next state leaders, we need leaders who will commit to advance health care reform for all Minnesotans. Minnesota would be stronger and healthier with a decent health care system.

We know it's possible. We need one plan, with one payer, and all of us in the pool together. It makes sense. We do it for Medicare, why not do it for all Minnesotans?

Joe Morse, member

Land Stewardship Project Health Care Task Force

Winona, MN

Ritchie - Letter to the Editor

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Letter about Protecting our Freedoms

Your piece called "Protecting our Freedoms" was inspiring and powerful. Thank you very much for this much needed perspective. If we knew more of our history and about the sacrifices made on our behalf we m ..... 
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Foreign policy

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

It is important at this time to take a closer look at our foreign policy as to whether we, as a nation, are on a path to becoming a sanctuary against terrorism. The events of 9/11 are still looming in the background, and the attempted car bombing in ..... 
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One Moment Please - Outsourcing to India?

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

At least once a week, I receive a phone call from an "offshore outsourcing" company seeking to siphon money out of our local economy in various methods.

For exam ..... 
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If I were a Republican

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

If I were a Republican, I would be kicking walls and weeping.

When did the Grand Old Party give up on the voices of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Quie and Arnie Carlson and start singing along with the shrill cry of the nut bars on the far ..... 
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The definition of liberal

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

First, thanks John Goucher for your great article "Bigger is Not Always Better." Second, thank you Jerry Grehl for your letter to the editor, as well. Contrasting the two articles illustrates very clearly how out of touch with reality liberals are. ..... 
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One Moment Please - It could have been a lot worse

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

On Wednesday, May 19, following my daughter's pre-school graduation ceremony at the Fillmore Central Elementary School gymnasium, I journeyed back to the office for a mo ..... 
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You're Angry? Fine. But channel it constructively

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Everywhere you turn these days, you find someone insisting that Americans are fed up. They're angry at the White House, or at the government in general, or at politicians as a breed.

The fiery rallies and other signs of bubbling discontent s ..... 
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A moral duty

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In John, chapter 21, Jesus directs Peter (and all his followers) to "feed his sheep/lambs." We are very good at feeding ourselves; we super-size already outsized meals and throw away tons of uneaten, perfectly good food each day. If your refrigerato ..... 
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