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A glass half full for 2010, a way forward


Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

As we begin a new year and a new decade, we should reflect on the past and move forward. It is hard to imagine what the next year could bring and impossible to imagine how the next ten years could impact our lives. We do have the tools to look back to re-evaluate our priorities and learn from our mistakes.

Unfortunately, much is not in our control. Who would have imagined in late 1999 the turbulent future including the devastation of 9-ll, the complete national debt reversals for the United States from a surplus to massive deficits, the staging of two wars with all the pain and loss they bring, and the dizzying u-turn from economic euphoria to a gut wrenching recession.

The state has suffered budget shortfalls which have impacted our local governments and school districts. Many have lost their jobs and their homes. Greater numbers have been forced to depend on government aid to put food on the table for their families. The euphoria of the 90's has morphed into fear on many levels in the first decade of the twenty first century.

Close to home in our county, and several of its cities, people have endured floods and managed to clean up and rebuild. They have displayed their courage, heart, and optimism and managed to move forward in an effort to get their lives back, maybe even better than before.

Farmers have endured livestock and milk prices over the last couple of years unequal to their cost of production. Low commodity prices produced red ink for many farm sectors, including dairy, hogs and even turkeys. Mother Nature has thrown farmers some of the worst she has to offer this last harvest season causing harvest delays, drying expenses, and mold issues. Farmers are perhaps the greatest of optimists. They plant that seed fully aware of all the punches Mother Nature has to throw with the full expectation of harvesting another good crop in the fall.

We look forward to both a new year and a new decade. As always, when many of us turn to a new calendar year, we have new and improved on our minds and make resolutions to that end. Probably the best way to succeed is to set our goals realistically and make the changes doable. Improvements take work and commitment. Without the effort, there is no magic, just disappointment and a falling back into what is comfortable and easy.

This past decade has witnessed technical innovations in mobile technology and green energy. Wind turbines dot the landscape with many more t .....
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One moment, please... Social Media: The good, the bad and the ugly

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

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Health care bills, Part one

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Recently I wrote a commentary and submitted it to the editor that I now hope is not printed. Reading the Senate bills components caused fit of pique that required the catharsis of putting my displeasure down on paper. I was so worked up by the failu ..... 
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Food for thought

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Someone called my name at Preston Foods and I turned to see my friend, Bonnie Haugen, who I first became acquainted with when I interviewed her for a Journal article in 2001. Although I hadn't seen her for a long time, visions of Springside Farm in ..... 
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The key to good politics? Good communication

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Not long ago, I was speaking to a group of high school students when one raised his hand, declared that he wanted to run for Congress, and asked what he should study in order to prepare. I suspect my answer surprised him. I told him to study English ..... 
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One Moment Please - Leadership Training

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

"We got no food. We got no jobs. Our pets' HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!!!" This is a quote from the character Lloyd Christmas from the movie "Dumb and Dumber." In contrast, th ..... 
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An appreciation

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I have always considered it a privilege to write a commentary piece for the Journal. I am allowed to write about anything I choose and never have the editors changed the content of what I wrote. I have received unsolicited positive comments, and hav ..... 
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One moment, please...

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the years, throughout my life in the newspaper business, I have received many anonymous correspondence via letters, telephone voice mails, and even e-mails from individuals who have strong opinions one way or another.

While some of the me ..... 
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My typical Christmas

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I don't know exactly when it started, but the holiday season is here in full force. Decorations are everywhere, people are frantically shopping for gifts, and holiday music seems to have taken over. I recognize the true and wonderful meaning of Chri ..... 
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