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Entertainer and chief


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Saturday night I enjoyed watching President Obama perform at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. It was an opportunity for him to demonstrate his skill at delivering a joke. His timing is flawless. We were also shown a film strip which allowed us a glimpse of some of his other talents, singing and dancing!

We expect a lot of our Presidents theses days. Not only are they expected to grow the economy, keep us safe from enemies at home and abroad, we expect them to appear on talk shows, sparring with their hosts, singing and dancing!

We have a tradition of looking to our Presidents to entertain us. We took pride in President Truman’s ability to play the piano. We loved it when Bill Clinton was a guest on the Arsenio Hall show wearing dark glasses and playing the saxophone. President Obama has succeeded in bringing “entertainer and chief” to a new level which will challenge future residents of the White House. Not to be outdone, his wife, Michelle, was on the Ellen Degeneres show demonstrating physical fitness. She did twenty-five push ups! (I have a hard time imagining Mamie Eisenhower entertaining us by doing push ups!) More recently, Michelle appeared on an episode of NCIS titled “Home-front”, in conjunction with “Joining Forces”, a national initiative supporting the service, Veterans and their families.

Should “Hillary” become President, we must remember not to ask her to sing. She can’t carry a tune in a bushel basket!

Early in this campaign, I watched the Democrat incumbent Martin O’Malley and was impressed by the clarity of his thinking, his fluid command of words, the ease with which he expressed his ideas, and his grasp of the issues. But most important, at the end of his speech he produced a guitar and started singing. Now there’s a man who is prepared to be President!

Donald Trump knows how to hold our attention. He understands his followers are not interested in issues. He doesn’t bother us with details. He wants us to be “surprised”!

Ted Kruz’s had his finest hour reading Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham on the floor of the Senate!

I am bewildered by the media. For the past four months, corporate broadcasting has concentrated on charts, polls, and clusters of “experts” sitting around a table speculating on politics often based on personalities rather than substance. They pretty much bypass the news and what i .....
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One Moment, Please... Internet speed not a high priority

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

There’s been a lot of chatter about how our Internet speeds are too slow in greater Minnesota. Without a doubt, as a point of comparison between Rochester and small communities in this region, there’s a tremendous disparity. In the big city o ..... 
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Baby owl season

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Karla Bloem Executive Director of the International Owl Center There isn’t much that’s cuter than a fuzzy baby owl. When people encounter these balls of fluff on the ground they naturally want to help. “Helping” these owls, however, i ..... 
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Why should we care?

By Sara Snipes

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We are constantly being told to be mindful of our carbon footprint: don’t leave lights on, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, ride your bike instead of drive, etc. We try our best to be diligent about performing all of these duties in t ..... 
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It’s getting harder to govern, and it’s not just politicians’ fault

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

We may not know who our next President is going to be, but here’s one thing that’s almost certain: he or she will take office with roughly half of the electorate unhappy and mistrustful. The notion that the President speaks for a broad coalition ..... 
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Hillcrest Drive not a “Rotten Cake”

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Bertram Boyum In 1965, that is 50 years ago, Hillcrest Drive cul-de-sac in Rushford was established. I have lived on Hillcrest Drive for 48 years, having moved in in 1967. There has never been a problem with the underground piping, but now the C ..... 
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Beyond transparency, we need accountability

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic — I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often ..... 
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Part one: The past and the present

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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In 1966, a woman named Charlotte Keyes wrote an article in McCall’s magazine with a famous title: “Suppose They Gave a War and No One Came.” I actually went and looked that one up, because it’s a phrase I’ve heard an awful lot and I alway ..... 
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Baby steps: Moving the Early Childhood conversation forward

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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As Week of the Young Child wraps up, it’s a good time to remember how much progress has been made in the field of early childhood education and development. In the early 2000s, the leaders of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs) serv ..... 
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