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One Moment Please - Cruelty to Animals?


Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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

This past week has been interesting to say the least. On Monday, I received a phone call from someone in Wykoff expressing their concern for an advertisement that ran in the Monday, January 31 edition of the Fillmore County Journal.

Here is how the advertisement appeared under the "WANTED" section:

WANTED PUPPY LITTERS - Small breed puppies wanted! Buying current or upcoming litters. (And, then there was a phone number published, which I will not include at this time).

This advertisement was sent to us from the Freeborn County Shopper as part of a cross-sell agreement we have a number of newspapers and shoppers in the region. Basically, other papers can sell classified ads into our newspaper and they keep the money. Likewise, we can offer cross-sell opportunities for our readers to buy ads in those other papers throughout the region. It has worked quite well for readers looking to sell real estate, tractors or other large ticket items that may work well with drawing from a large audience.

Well, in this case, this particular classified ad sparked four phone calls to our office and one very passionate e-mail message slamming me for allowing this ad to run in our newspaper.

Here is the e-mail I received:

My husband and I are looking into retiring in MN. My cousin buys herself and me both a copy of your newspaper and I have enjoyed it immensely, especially some of the political articles. I am writing to tell you, however, I am quite

dismayed about an ad I found in your paper while looking for property for sale. Surely you do not need to stoop so low as this to find money for your paper.

Wanted Puppy Litters- Small breed puppies wanted. Buying current or upcoming

litters. Ph 507-XXX-XXXX.

This cannot be for anything accept animal testing or puppy mill production. I am surprised at your willingness to promote this. I think you should expose people like this instead of promoting them. I called your paper and was told that other people had called in regarding the ad and that they believed the ad "was on the up and up." Then I called the phone number. Shame on you. It is not on the up and up. Its for a Type B dealer.

I am only one person. I am hardly going to affect your newspaper or your sales. I am sure, though, that other people will read this ad and be as upset and disgusted as I am that you would both p .....
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View of America Watching America

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Have you ever wondered what people in other parts of the world think of us Americans? Perhaps you've travelled to another country and gotten a feel for this. And you've likely heard stories about how nasty the French can be, especially to Americans ..... 
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Congress keeps ceding power to the President - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I've never been able to figure out why Congress seems so interested in giving up power. When you're sworn in as a member on Capitol Hill, you take an oath to uphold the Constitution, which places Congress first in the firmament of national governanc ..... 
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One Moment Please - We make progress when we buy local - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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

Today marks the second consecutive year in which we have dedicated our resources to sharing the "State of the Union" for Fillmore County in what has been titled the Progress E ..... 
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One Moment Please - Our Super Bowl

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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

In July, the 2011 MS TRAM will be rolling through this area with a resting place in Lanesboro on the eve of Wednesday, July 27.

A bike ride like the MS TRAM presents a ..... 
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It may be up to us

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our best intentions about health care may be a dream for another century. Who, really, is big enough to take on the most profitable industry in the economy? Taking on Wall Street bankers and the Auto Makers is baby food compared to Big Pharma and th ..... 
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The Monopoly game and economic recovery

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Americans seem to constantly ask the pressing question: of "When will economic recovery be accomplished?" We are not patient people and demand instant return to economic stability.

I recall from my past, the time spent playing that famous bo ..... 
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A New Year's resolution for politicians

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The last few years have been especially tough for many and for the country as a whole. I don't know if the last decade has yet been named, but "turbulent" would sum it up. We have endured two wars, 9/11 and the worst recession in history.

T ..... 
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One Moment Please - Constant reminders are important

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

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