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One moment, please... What was I thinking?


Mon, Mar 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Last week's newspaper contained a letter to the editor from Bob Boyum of Peterson, Minn., which has been a point of contention for a few of our readers.

What's interesting to me is the wide range of perspectives on Mr. Boyum's letter and questions about my decision to allow his letter to be published.

First and foremost, thank you to all of our readers who took the time to express their concerns in writing and sign their names to it. I often receive anonymous phone calls and letters with no plans for submitting something for publication, and I always wonder what these individuals are hoping to accomplish. Sharing your thoughts in print takes conviction.

Regarding Bob Boyum's letter, I would like to address a number of issues that have probably been brewing ever since we purchased the Fillmore County Journal.

Many people wonder where I stand on political issues, often inquiring about my political stance. Is he a liberal, a conservative or maybe a libertarian?

From my perspective, as I have stated in the past in writing and in conversations, media throughout the United States has an on-going struggle with striking a balance in the presentation of news content. Many media companies are identified as left-leaning, catering to the liberal agenda. Fox News, as we all know, is as right-wing as it gets. As a nation, the political pendulum continues to sway from left to right, avoiding any chances of accepting a centrist approach to news coverage.

I am quite concerned about how news is presented. Is there balance with perspectives invited from all sides? Working inside the belly of the daily and weekly newspapers, I have witnessed newspaper editors who have filtered what is allowed in their newspaper based on their political beliefs. If it doesn't coincide with their thought process, these editors pull the plug. My feeling has always been to let the readers decide. If someone wants to make a "donkey" of themselves, and they are willing to sign their name to it, then let them pave the way to their legacy.

This is even reflected in how I manage coverage of the election season. I will never endorse any candidate, and I think it is arrogant, condescending and foolish for any media company to do so. People can think for themselves. We, the people, don't need a newspaper editor to get on his or her high horse and tell us who we should vote for.

If you take the time to look back on the February 28, 2011, iss .....
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How is wealth created?

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary



There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth:

The first by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors -- this robbery;

The second by commerce, which is generally cheating;

The thi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Teachers, unions and collective bargaining

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary



As a retired Minnesota teacher and a former union member, I can sympathize with the teachers in Wisconsin and other states where Republican governors are attempting to weaken or destroy collective bargaining and public unions.

First ..... 
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Government cannot create wealth

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Based on millions of instructions millions of Americans give the marketplace every day, the market is super genius in allocating resources. Government however, is a comparative dunce given that the spending decisions it makes is based on politics. I ..... 
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Flights of consciousness before sleep

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I don't seem to be able to control my thoughts before I fall asleep. At the risk of being labeled a misogynist, I must admit I have been thinking about Michele Bachmann's historical error of claiming the "founders" worked tirelessly to end slavery, ..... 
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Green Acres Property tax law gets pruned

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jeremy Miller, State Senator for Minnesota District 31

In addition to the primary tasks of balancing the budget and putting more Minnesotans back to work, there are a number of other initiatives that we are occupied with in St. Paul. Withi ..... 
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A new way of being

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Deer appear in our yard in Preston at dusk and dawn and sometimes during the day. They eat the bark of our trees, nibble the needles of our evergreens, eat the sunflower seeds we put out for the birds and, in the summer, help themselves to our garde ..... 
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A new way of being

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Deer appear in our yard in Preston at dusk and dawn and sometimes during the day. They eat the bark of our trees, nibble the needles of our evergreens, eat the sunflower seeds we put out for the birds and, in the summer, help themselves to our garde ..... 
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One moment, please... Our president

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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

In my opinion, our president doesn't get paid enough! As matter of fact, our president doesn't get paid at all. No, I'm not talking about the President of the United States of ..... 
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