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Getting Your Priorities in Order


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

During this uplifting time with the eruption of spring and the vibrant new life that reliably comes with it, we can still look back and appreciate the past. Some of those structures that are in the winter of their life cycle need to be preserved to remind us of what was and help us appreciate what is and is still to come. We can appreciate the ingenuity and effort it took to build these historical land marks, especially considering the mechanical aids that were available at the time.

However, the old cannot be treasured out of proportion with the new or in lieu of the future. Historic preservation has to be in proportion to progress, and in the case of Fillmore County bridges, the safety of its residents. To preserve bridges and keep them in use puts them in an entirely different category than other structures that may be worthy of preservation. Preserving buildings, specific sites of historic events, or a period in time like Historic Forestville do not threaten the safety and the mobility of area residents.

Let's be realistic about historic preservation. We are in a time of difficult funding constraints. Of course, it is important to learn from the past and recognize the achievements of the past by preserving a portion of the past. However, trying to preserve a bridge designed over 100 years ago for the horse and buggy and trying to maintain its structure to keep it in use for today's many times larger and heavier emergency equipment, is not only unrealistic, but most likely not doable. Bridges need to be safe and reliable for daily traffic and especially for emergency equipment.

Funding limitations require officials to be selective and wring out excesses while still providing essential services with public safety being the priority. Commissioner Duane Bakke made a statement at a recent county board meeting saying inconvenience may sometimes be the solution. Surely, there will be instances where we will have to learn to put up with inconvenience as governmental units pick and choose or prioritize the best use of available dollars. However, the bridge on Nature Road has federal funding money available if not for the obstacle of historic preservation.

People living along and using Nature Road in Fillmore Township prefer not to suffer the inconvenience of going extra miles if only one of the two bridges needing replacement on the road is replaced. Replacing only the one bridge may b .....
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One Moment Please - 'Pay it forward' in Fillmore County could travel

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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The mother of a teenager walked into the Fillmore County Journal office on Monday, May 3, to place a "Thank You" line ad in recognition of a random act of kindness. The ..... 
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Senior Health reform

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
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"A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is trying to put its pants on,"  Mark Twain.

Pundits and politicians are publicly decrying the vitriol and violent speech surrounding politics and especially the recently passed ..... 
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Bigger is not always better

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
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Unless you have been in a coma for the past 30 years, the size and scope of the federal government has gone through massive growth. This expansion in the 20th, and now the 21st, centuries goes far beyond what those who founded our government ever en ..... 
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One Moment Please - Saving Lives

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
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To the right, you'll see a press release issued by the Minnesota Department of Safety Commissioner, Michael Campion, to all of the media i ..... 
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Taxes and policy

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
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According to the Tax Policy Center of the Brookings Institute, in 2008 individual income tax accounted for 45 percent of the total revenue of the federal government; 36 percent came from payroll taxes, 12 percent from corporate income taxes, and the ..... 
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Spring in Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
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A sound reaches my ear as of someone stepping through or wheeling a bicycle through the dry leaves from last fall. The sounds among all the birdsong along the Harmony / Preston Valley Trail is barely significant enough for me to turn and look, but I ..... 
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Values in our skyline

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
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What if you could learn more about our community values just by standing quietly in one place for a few minutes? It may seem too simple to work, but it did for me. Here's why.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend about small town val ..... 
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Online article comments from fillmorecountyjournal.com

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
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Sauer MD - Letter to the Editor

"good response. as always, a cogent and well presented rebuttal to a garbled and histrionic argument. good job." - Beadrin Youngdahl

Corporations and democracy

"Neil, good to hear your voice in p ..... 
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