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“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”


Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

This well-known line from the movie Cool Hand Luke (1967) is perhaps more relevant today. With a plethora of communication devices contributing to superficial noise and serving to interrupt many face-to-face conversations, the ability to communicate on any substantial level can get lost in the static.

Can we no longer sincerely listen or really be heard? Does all the static get in the way of understanding and getting along? Maybe there are too many choices, too many ways to communicate, many on an impersonal level. Many of these so called communication methods allow a decrease in civility. Most would find it more difficult to be rude, offensive, and in your face mean during a face to face conversation.

Read a controversial news story on the Internet and then read the comments. Many comments only serve to put up barriers, building a wedge of anger. This kind of reactionary speech has infected political discourse.

This growing lack of civility has permeated into group interactions from the schoolyard to Congress.

In today’s politics the real friendships that had once occurred behind the scenes between political rivals are seldom developed. Conversations over a good meal which served to create more understanding and openness are a thing of the past. Political sniping for the camera which just serves to widen the divide has become the norm. Nasty tweets and other unfriendly impersonal communications are common place as no bond has been built that would curtail such messages. There is lack of respect and comity which is necessary to build a consensus.

Congress has been handcuffed not just by widely different political philosophies which have always been part of their deliberations, but even more by not developing personal relationships that allow for level headed, respectful communication.

Most every issue is looked at not only in the context of a political philosophy, but as a way to weaken the other side. Winning the message has become more important than solving a problem in the best interest of the country.

With the new year many of us make resolutions. Perhaps an effort to be more considerate, respectful, understanding, and to truly listen could be a winner for everybody.

An Embarrassment for America

Three weeks ago the United States Senate failed to ratify the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilit .....
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Why vote ‘NO’ for R-P Referendum?

By Jon Peterson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Ten years ago the residents of the R-P school district, in a bonding referendum, overwhelmingly told the district they wanted their current facilities maintained and improved. Several things the district deemed necessary were done (such as new bleac ..... 
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Why vote ‘YES’ for R-P Referendum?

By Angela Colbenson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Angela Colbenson R-P School Board Chair On December 19, Rushford Peterson school district will be asking their voters to approve up to 15 million dollars to be utilized for building a new elementary building plus utilize a small portion to reha ..... 
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One Moment, Please... It could always be worse

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I have not written a commentary in many, many weeks, and there is a reason why. Dating back to October 25, 2012, I started down a path that would ultimately result in surgery. I had a crippling kidney stone episode that was initially identified ..... 
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Why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first?

By Robin Honken

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Submitted by Robin Honken, Ruth Peterson, Anne Spartz Most of us know the issues with both the Peterson and Rushford Facilities. If you don’t, we ask that you request a tour of the buildings and see for yourself the crumbling walls, inefficient s ..... 
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Flying the Aardvark

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By John S. Plantikow (Pilot) and Stanley J. Gudmundson (RN) I spent seven years flying in the right seat of an FB-111A. If there were anything I would do the rest of my life it would be to fly the 111 for two or three hours every day. What a great ..... 
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A vignette of Christmas past

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis During the Depression, my Father, Mother and two older sisters, Althea and Evangeline went to live with Mom’s sister, Aunt Ora in a large Victorian house in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. She inherited the house from my ..... 
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Civic duty calls for educating yourself with facts

By Andy Prinsen

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Andy Prinsen In a recent letter written by a Mr. Brett Kues, he admits over and over again that he is “confused,” and in reading your letter to the editor Mr. Kues, I will second that idea. First off, I would like to thank Mr. Kues for b ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

On the front page of the November 19, 2012, edition of the Fillmore County Journal, the caption under the photo should have read: Several members of the Empty Bowls Committee. Pictured from left to right: Marietta Dennstedt, Maureen Gervais, Ann Joh ..... 
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