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The next seven generations


Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." And there are none so blind as those who will not see... or are blinded by fear and greed...."

But, of course, it's "depressing" to watch the documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth or The Planet. Or to watch on TV news the victims of the recent cyclone being tossed donated food and water packages from a plane... only to have their government take control of the donations and thus decide who lives and who dies. Why, that's downright upsetting....Until we change the channel or eat and drink and party ourselves into forgetting about it.

Perhaps the Native Americans' vision of looking ahead seven generations before acting can help us to resist the controllers and the often irreparable damage they are doing. Corporations hire the have-nots (after destroying their sustainable lifestyle) for wages just sufficient to keep them working. (Read Nickel and Dimed.)

Master salesmen and economic hit men study control methods. They learn how to manipulate people, frequently using the emotions of fear or greed or both. They go into a target town (or country) and begin by convincing the city officials and/or school boards that taking out a huge loan to "improve" the city or school will be in their personal best interest (greed) or in their continued employment best interest (fear.) Once the manipulators get control of the money (usually millions in loans), they share the "take" with their cronies... the construction industry and the money-handlers.

Here in Fillmore County, the corporations now are seeing dollar signs where its victimized residents once saw greenery and nature and sustainability. Beaver Township's new industry, Artesian Fresh, now is draining millions of gallons of groundwater for profit. Some school districts are being forced to make cuts even before their new buildings are occupied, and decades before the loan plus interest is repaid.

If we can "see" seven generations hence...or even two or three...will we continue to slash and burn for new buildings, paving over productive farmland and wildlife habitat? Will we allow industry to take our groundwater reserves for their quick profit? Will we allow the education of the next generation to be shortchanged as tax money goes to pay debts rather than for quality programs and optimal class sizes?

Is this the way to pass on to the next generation a vision of humanity moving toward a life of beauty, truth, and spiritual lov .....
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Beautiful, suspicious, hospitable

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is so unbelievably magnificent it is difficult to describe, and truly a study in contradictions. We were only there for ten days, so these thoughts and observations are far from comprehensive. I do not choose to w ..... 
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INC. for President

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I figured out the problem with political races- human beings are just too flawed to withstand such scrutiny and pressure. We get to see all their weaknesses, their peculiar family members that remind us of our peculiar family members. We hear about ..... 
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Why Bio?

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In an increasingly competitive world marketplace, every region must identify and build upon areas of strategic advantage. Here in southern Minnesota, the bio-sciences offer us that edge. What is bio-science?

Bio-science applies biological te ..... 
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Farmers aren't to blame for increased food costs

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In a world of finger pointing, farmers have had to shoulder the blame for the increased costs of food, when in reality, the facts point to other influences that contribute to the rising costs. I would like to share some statistics with you:

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Why not a greater Rushford?

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is worth mentioning, that according to the Minnesota Design Team, of all the greater Rushford residents who took part in the recent brainstorming exercise, R-P students made the most lasting impression.

High school senior, Carina Schiltz, ..... 
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It's time for an "elite" president

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Political discourse, besides becoming more confrontational, has become more Orwellian. It seems almost a requirement to name programs in a manner that obscures their intent.

The Clear Skies Initiative, that has obstructed the Clean Air Act ..... 
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The marvels of small things

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Take a look at your desk/work table. Notice all the small, marvels, things you can hold with one hand, which make our lives easier. Many of them have been developed in my lifetime, or not long before. A few are very ancient. I wonder how many other ..... 
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The beginning of the end

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The news from our leaders regarding the war in Iraq continues in the same old vein: just hang in there, it will all turn out OK. General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, during their appearances before Congressional committees this past week, essent ..... 
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