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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 garden produce. This winter three deer have been coming together, possibly a mother and her young. Recently, one of the young ones stood nibbling a small pine. She didn't move her feet for more than an hour. Later, she was in a different place, again not moving. The next morning, I saw the other two deer come close to her and all three lay down. The next day, the first one was alone again and limping badly.

We have an overpopulation of deer in Minnesota. We have killed off their predators and they have learned to thrive in monocultures of corn, fragments of woods and increasingly in small town and suburban yards. In addition, the DNR manages the herds for hunters. So, when deer do damage, we humans are ultimately to blame. We mitigate the problem with longer hunting seasons and more licenses. Deer are beautiful and graceful, a joy to watch, but we kill them for sport and because there are too many of them.

We also have an overpopulation of humans, which has led to fragmentation of forests and grasslands, climate change, depletion of natural resources, overwhelming waste and pollution, the loss of 30,000 or more species a year (the sixth great extinction), encroachment on the habitat of wild animals and other sorts of damage, which threaten not only the quality of life on earth but the earth itself. What can we do to mitigate the problem of too many people? Certainly we won't have a human hunting season, although we do kill each other in wars and climate change, leading to floods, drought and frequent fierce storms, which is killing people along with wildlife. What I don't understand is why we aren't willing to limit our population, why we hesitate even to talk about the problem.

Even with the excessive human population, we could do more to protect the earth and its oceans, rivers, plants, animals and atmosphere. In his recent State of the Union message, President Obama spoke about our economy and the need for jobs. He said we must grow by manufacturing more goods, exporting more goods, creating new businesses. He said we need to put our economy into overdrive and be the first in everything--power, wealth, education, innovation, agriculture, renewable energy. We may, he thinks, need to turn b .....
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One moment, please... Our president

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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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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One Moment, Please... Our president

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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 America. Obama clears over $400,000 per year - for the rest of his life. ..... 
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A new way of being

Sat, Feb 12th, 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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Rep. Davids responds to State of the State Address

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said Governor Mark Dayton gave an interesting State of the State Address on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representative recently.

Davids said the governor outlined many areas whe ..... 
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One Moment Please - Cruelty to Animals?

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
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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 M ..... 
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View of America Watching America

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
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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
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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
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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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