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We were strangers, too


Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

It's all exhausting, isn't it? We have news 24/7 on TV, subscribe to papers and periodicals and listen to endless conversation about each headline. For all of that, we really know so little about any of it. We seem to be offered enough to agree with the opinions and creeds woven between the lines so we can satisfy ourselves that we are informed and, if they would only listen to us, damn it all, it shouldn't be so hard!

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I think we are endlessly manipulated to assume we know enough to garb ourselves in simple solutions to things far too complex to research. We tend to talk to like-minded people and can busy ourselves with frustration until somebody, or some group, can be the problem and hating them becomes the best answer.

The Big Shots (and Big Mouths) at BP are frustrating, but it hardly seems they planned such a disaster. All the fingers pointing at a perceived monster could have put a dyke in that leak. But, it's about a lot of science and technology and economics and all of those are difficult. Who needs it? Better to be angry.

Immigrants. How about that one? Since the ones we concern ourselves with are not typically northern European, it's easy to identify "the other." Dark skinned and all, they must be up to no good. Build a big fence, jail 'em up in Arizona. There, that'll take care of it.

Or not. Can we pause and look at a global picture, or is that confusing, once we have settled in on an opinion?

The world's population has doubled in about the past 50 years and is expected to double again in less than 100. In the 60's and early 70's ZPG (zero population growth) was a topic discussed openly and seriously. Now, one has to spell out the words because ZPG is unknown. It seems it is off the table.

People are not wandering across our borders so they can join a golf club and buy an SUV. They come because they are desperate to feed themselves and their families. Nobody leaves parents, spouses and kids behind, knowing they may never be able to cross the border and see them again, simply for the adventure of sneaking past a border guard. There are finite resources on the planet and the USA has used much more than any other nation. We look rich, we are rich and hungry people are looking for a crust of bread.

I am not open to letting the world swarm in. I am in favor of placing the problems where they belong: with the power brokers in all countries, including ours, to .....
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One moment, please... What is health care?

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

Last week, I defined some of the dynamics of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as health care reform.

Personally, before I ca ..... 
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Fueling freedom

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The BP oil spill disaster - a catastrophe that has led to untold damage to the economy, wildlife and the environment along the Gulf Coast - opened our eyes to what can happen when there is a lack of serious regulation. This, however, is not the only ..... 
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One moment, please... Health care reform?

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

I've been meaning to offer some thoughts on the passage of the health care reform bill, but the steady distraction of an earwig invasion has taken my attention elsewhere ..... 
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Tim Walz deserves praise, not attacks, for his leadership on DISCLOSE Act

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Last January, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned decades of law, giving corporations the power to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence U.S. elections. After the Court's ruling in the "Citizens United" case, there are no restrictions on forei ..... 
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One Moment Please - The next election

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

As July creeps by in the unassuming resemblance of a mid-summer nights dream, politicians plot and plan like General Petreaus on a victory voyage scheduled for an early ..... 
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Congressional hearings are not about the witness

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Even before Tony Hayward, the embattled CEO of BP, appeared in front of a House investigative subcommittee on June 17, everyone knew why he was there. It was not to apologize for the Gulf oil spill or to explain his company's behavior - though all o ..... 
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Who's to blame for the oil spill?

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

rsauer@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The gulf oil spill disaster has too many parents to do DNA testing to sort it all out. It is tragic, not just for the poor people in the Gulf States, for the whole country. Assigning blame has sucked all the a ..... 
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Each of us can help sooth The beast threatening our economic future

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

Ever rising health care costs and an aging population are driving so-called "entitlement" program expenses through the roof, growing much faster than even a robust economy. Over the past decade the cost of t ..... 
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