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The Gem of the Ocean


Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen

Now that we’re all coming down off of that special kind of patriotic thrill, you can only get by seeing a bunch of things blow up and hearing the Boston Pops play some John Philip Sousa, it’s time to talk about something a little more heavy about our country. There’s really no better time to broach a subject, as we’re still feeling pretty good about living in a pretty darn good country with a pretty amazing history of being the best country in the world, so it won’t take too much of the edge off if I say something that may be a little… controversial.

America, it’s time we change… our mascot.

Call it a personification, if you will. Or a “historical and poetic name” like Wikipedia does. Or, you could be really pedantic and call it an anthropomorphization of our fair country. Either way, I think it’s about time to change it. As much love as I have for Good Old Uncle Sam, he’s been serving our country quite well for nearly 100 years now, with the famous, “I want YOU” poster dating back to The Great War in 1917. What’s more, Sam has come to stand for a few boondoggles that America has been trying to shake in the recent past: imperialism, militarism, jingoism, and the ever-dreaded American “cowboy” persona.

Uncle Sam was a symbol for an America on the rise, a hungry and square-jawed fighter of a country who needed something tough and rough and ready to make the world safe for Democracy. It made perfect sense for Sam to be seen rolling up his sleeves for the gritty conflict in Japan, or to have his stern glare asking our boys and men to set sail for the Marne or Ypres. And yet, something about this brash, bold, larger than life persona just seems to play into everything that has painted America as some kind of misguided villain, for whatever reasons, abroad and at home.

So what are we, as a country, to present now in this brave new world of awkward alliances with former enemies, a global economy held together on the flimsiest of threads, and a difficult minefield of foreign policy and surveillance revelations? Well, I think it’s time to take a lesson from modern marketing technique and go retro. Yes, it’s time to resurrect Columbia.

Who, you may ask? Or perhaps, you’re asking why I’m suddenly suggesting that the mighty US looks to a South American country for inspiration? Well, actually, Columbia has been a name for this p .....
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Herding Cats, Easy in Comparison

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Organizing Democrats has often been likened to “herding cats.” Cat owners know just how independent a cat can be. As of late, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would probably find herding cats comparably easy. He has failed to wrangle those ..... 
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One Moment Please... A double whammy

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com To say the weather has been wearing on us a bit this year is a dramatic understatement. From the beginning of Janua ..... 
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One Moment, Please...I told you so

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Warning. I may sound like I am repeating myself quite a bit from a past commentary dated February 24, 2013, titled ..... 
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Thoughts on the Obama drama

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
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By Col. Stan Gudmundson POTUS Opening Statement: Once again Republicans are playing politics and manufacturing more Obamarama drama. Their charges are ridiculous. Afterall, the government is so big I, along with my senior leadership, just cannot kn ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Behind the scenes

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com I am going to take a guess and say that nearly every week throughout the year there are meetings taking place all ove ..... 
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Shiftwork

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis Not everyone works “nine to five!” My husband and I had a friend living with us and taking care of our three boys who were under four years old at the time. It allowed me to escape domestic servitude for a while. I took a job ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Continuous Improvement

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com You’ve probably seen our recent advertisements showcasing a few employees who make the Fillmore County Journal a re ..... 
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The Field Behind the Plow

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
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By Eric Leitzen You know, I can’t remember the last time I bought beef. I don’t mean staggering into the local gruntburger stand and grabbing a Whopper (or maybe a Villager Road Special to split with a friend or two), but actually going to the ..... 
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