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We need a president who will serve “all the people”


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Foreign Policy

The Bush administration saw leadership in terms of fear at home and abroad. They talked about “The War on Terror,” the “Axis of Evil,” and “You’re Either With us or Against Us.” We were warned of the Mushroom Cloud and subjected to red and orange alerts, signaling to us the degree of danger of which we should be afraid.

President Obama has said that while the danger is real, we should not allow fear to rule our lives. If we do, the terrorists will have won. The Bush administration claimed that only “their” administration could keep us safe. President Obama is more realistic. He has promised to do all that is in within his power to keep us safe.

The Bush administration sought to control and dominate the world with threats and intimidation. They saw dropping bombs on our enemies as a way to solve conflict. They never seem to figure out that you don’t win hearts and minds by bombing people. Invading Iraq didn’t make the world safer! John Bolton and the neo-cons that advised Bush are now advising Romney. Niether Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan have any military or foreign policy experience. They have performed a disservice to our country by criticizing the President at this time when the world is a volatile place. The president is privileged with information at a high security level. That Romney and Ryan would make inflammatory remarks pretending that they are wiser and know more than the president is inconscionable and irresponsible. They accuse President Obama of being “weak, an appeaser and leading from behind!” This from a president who took out Bin Ladin and 26 of Al Queda’s leaders.

Regarding the Economy

Before the mid-term election John Boehner and Mitch McConnell both stated emphatically that they were for “outsourcing and deregulation.” I was stunned! Why would anyone vote for a party that was “for” outsourcing and deregulation? Deregulation of the banks brought the scions of Wall Street to their knees. They relied on the Federal Government, who they deride on an ongoing basis, to bail them out. Lack of regulation and oversight gave us the BP oil spill where 19 lives were lost, and the Masse mine disaster where 29 miners lost their lives. Financiers and Corporate CEOs put profit ahead of the health and welfare of workers and the environment.

Romney touts his business experience as preparing him to be President. There is a .....
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One Moment, Please... Leadership

Thu, Oct 4th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

OK, so the dust has settled from the October 3rd Presidential Debate, and all of the pundits have weighed in on how the greatest show on Earth went down. Now it's my turn. This election isn't about electing one man over another. There is someth ..... 
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One Moment, Please... What’s important?

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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Seriously, what is important? In my world, professional sports are just a form of entertainment. When you look at professional sports like the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA or any others at that level, they are merely athletic reality TV shows. They are getti ..... 
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Choose the better neighbor

By Justin Gilbert

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

With the general election fast approaching, I’m taking an alternative path for a commentary. You’ve most likely decided who you are voting for anyway, so you don’t need me to persuade you to one side or tell you how much I dislike the other pa ..... 
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Why I write

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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If you dig very deeply into a closet somewhere in Canton, Minnesota, you will find a copy of something called “The Underwater Adventure,” consisting of two pages of dot matrix text and pictures depicting aquatic life and exploration, including a ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the September 17, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, a photo under the article titled “OMC in Preston sees farm-related injury and illness,” a woman in the photo was identified as Polly Kraling. It should have read Polly Harstad.

Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
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By Karen Reisner Rights and freedoms granted by the first amendment to the Constitution including the freedom of speech carry with them the necessity to act responsively. Ideally at least, they should. With the unfolding of the protests and riots ..... 
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Road? Facts?

By Andrew Kingsley

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
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I’m ashamed to admit that when I asked to be taken off the commentary list because my family was moving, I also stopped reading the paper. My wife has still read every one and keeps me updated, but I have inexcusably been too “busy” to take th ..... 
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One Moment Please... Praying for Lisa

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
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Well over a week ago, I heard the news about Lisa Brainard, Editor for the Chatfield News and Preston Republican-Leader. When I found out that Lisa Brainard had fallen 24 feet from a bridge along the Root River Trail, I felt sick to my stomach. ..... 
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