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Republicans not always conservative


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson

If the political horse you have been riding has faltered and finally croaked, it is a classic technique to shoot at the other guy’s political horse rather than drawing attention to the rotting carcass you are still astride. This is the situation liberals today find themselves in. There is hardly a cotton-pickin’ thing they have created “for our own good” that they can point to that has been successful.

Oh, they’ll whine about the environment and civil rights and things of that nature, but those issues are bipartisan and conservatives can take pride in their support for much of the success in these areas. Liberals don’t own them, although they claim to.

What liberals can do though is lay claim to being sob sisters of the highest order. They do own that, and conservatives should never attempt to compete in that area. We will never out-sob the sob-sisters. Compassionate conservatives indeed.

Liberals, along with some others unfortunately, also take the label of Republican and attempt to connect it to conservatism and apply it to anyone, especially presidents, who were ever Republicans. It has to do with an ignorance of history or perhaps a willful disregard for the facts.

A writer for example called Nixon a conservative. The president Nixon most admired? Woodrow Wilson. That ought to give you hint. What Nixon did though was create the EPA and OSHA. Contrary to the advice of his economic advisors, he took us off the gold standard, instituted wage and price controls, and caused the devaluation of the dollar. Among other things, he wasn’t able to balance a budget, more than doubled Medicaid spending, spent less on defense than on social spending, and introduced “Earth Day.” Earth Day is the same date as Lenin’s birthday, isn’t it? Economist Milton Friedman said Nixon was the worst president of this lifetime.

Then there are the Bushies. Conservative? Not hardly. When Bush the first was elected after Reagan, his new administration made it very clear where they were going from the beginning. The word was “no conservative need apply” for any position in the new Bush administration.

Then there is Bush two. Republican yes, conservative no. He got a tax cut, but how many vetoes did you use to rein-in a profligate spending congress? Just twelve. Made Bill Clinton’s budgets look like Clinton was the conservative. He did that .....
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Welcome to Bear Country

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

On the morning of Friday, July 6, the Journal office was buzzing about the black bear discovered at the Fillmore Central Elementary School. No, it wasn’t someone dressed in a bear costume. That did cross my mind, initially. This was the real deal. A black bear was slowly meandering about the football field, baseball field and soccer field. Apparently, a bit of sports fan, maybe even a Falcons fan, this black bear was heading up towards The Branding Iron for lunch. I don’t blame the furry black bear for seeking a fine dining experience within the confines of air conditioning. I was upstairs at the SMG Web Design office when I received my first text regarding the black bear at the school. By the time I scrambled to the bottom of the stairway to the Journal office, Gabby Gatzke and Jade Sexton were already out the door with a digital camera hot on the trail of our furry friend. I also jumped in my vehicle and headed in the same direction. I contacted members of local law enforcement to see what they knew. I soon found out that everyone was looking for this elusive black bear. It made a guest appearance just long enough to draw attention and then disappeared into the woods behind The Branding Iron. I figured the Preston Golf Course patrons should know there may be a black bear heading their way, so I headed to the club house. Along with a few golfers, I was greeted by the course and clubhouse manager Jay Harstad. I told Jay about the black bear sighting, and said, “Oh yeah, the bear was up on hole number four yesterday.” “What? Are you serious?” I said. “Yeah, Tim Bremseth was coming up on green number three and noticed the bear when he was about 30 feet away. When he exclaimed to his golfing partners that there was a bear, it took off, climbing through the barbed wire fence and off into the pasture.” explained Jay. OK, it’s not every day that you see a black bear in our region, let alone on a golf course. What kind of club do you use for that hazard? Fortunately, Kelli Jo Dornink was quick enough to capture a photo and video of the black bear in motion on the Fillmore Central practice fields, which has gone viral with Facebook. Thanks Kelli Jo! We have included the same video she captured from that sighting with my commentary appearing online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com in the commentary section, in case you missed it on Facebook. It was funny when I picked up Olivia and Landon, our children, at the Fillmore Central daycare and SAC program, and they were telling me all about the bear outside their school. They were pretty excited. On the car ride home, I told them that maybe Fillmore Central would need to change their mascot from the Falcons to the Bears. They didn’t like that idea, so I guess we can strike that for any future consideration. We all know how hot we were with those record-breaking temperatures in the high 90s. Now imagine wearing a fur coat throughout all of that exhausting heat. My guess is that was on the mind of that poor black bear. And, just like with my black car, I’m sure that dark fur attracts heat like a solar panel. I can’t imagine a hot and bothered black bear is a happy bear. What’s most interesting about our recent black bear sightings is that nobody can really tell how many there are. One day, we’ll hear about the black bear visiting the Canton area, as noted in my recent commentary with the photo captured on the camera of a cell phone of an Amish person riding in their horse and buggy. Then, another day, we’ll hear about the elusive black bear appearing in Northeast Iowa. Next, Peterson, then the northern tip of Spring Valley, and back in Preston again. There’s no way one black bear could be so well-traveled. This black bear has some friends on the move. Of course, there are many rumors about where these black bears are coming from, and I think it is important to dispell as much rumor as possible. First, in a phone interview with the DNR, they have indicated they have not moved nuisance bears down to this region for a long time. They have stopped moving nuisance bears from northern Minnesota to southern regions of the state because those bears just seemed to become nuisance bears elsewhere. So, these are not nuisance bears dropped off in our region by the DNR. Second, a few years ago, I read an interesting article in USA Today about the number of black bears in the United States. Minnesota was ranked first with over 30,000, Montona was second with 20,000, and California was third with 10,000. So, we have the largest population of black bears of any state in the U.S. Third, hunters throw their names in the hat to hunt black bears up in northern Minnesota in what can be best described as a lottery permit system. In 2010, hunters killed roughly 5,000 black bears in Minnesota, and an estimated 2,200 in 2011. But, did you know that in our part of this great state, according to the DNR, it’s open season year-round for hunting black bears? Yes, but you still need a no-quota permit. So, put down your Smart Phone with the 10 megapixel digital camera and pick up your loaded .280 Remington. We’re goin’ on a bear hunt – we’re gonna catch a big one! Lastly, there’s talk that these bears are swimming across the Mississippi from Wisconsin in search of mates and a new territory. Of course, I can’t help but think that these bears are leaving Packer country to be closer to good, wholesome Viking fans. Who knows what’s going on with all of these black bear sightings in our area? Maybe Russ Dahlke is right. As Russ said in his post on Facebook in response to Gabby Gatzke’s announcement about the black bear sighting at Fillmore Central, “I don’t know why everyone is worried. It’s obvious with the heat going on and the lack of rain that they are just on patrol for forest fires.” Clever. And, who knows, he may be right. ..... 
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Relaying for me and you

By Gabby Kinneberg

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
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By Gabby Gatzke Cancer. The word you never want to hear. The reality is that most people will hear it whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. Fillmore County residents have been helping fight cancer for more than 15 years thr ..... 
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Corporate control

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In my twenties, I worked as an Embroidery Designer in Philadelphia. My dear friend and mentor, Ronald Levy, and I frequently had lunch together in Fairmont Park. One day we were sitting in the sun enjoying our corned beef sandwiches and pickles, w ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The loss of a leader

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

When I first heard about John Edstrom passing away on Sunday, June 24, I was in disbelief. I knew he had been battling lung cancer for some time, but I didn’t realize the extent of his illness. For those of you who didn’t know John, he was t ..... 
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Is the Supreme Court too politicized?

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

No matter what your opinions are on the recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a concern that like Congress, the court and their law clerks are being reduced to a mere appendage of the two powerful political parties. Has the court beco ..... 
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One Moment Please... An unintended experiment

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
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In the May 21, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, I addressed the numerous inquiries about why the Journal was now being delivered on Saturdays instead of Mondays. As I said in that commentary, that was a decision by the Postmaster General ..... 
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How should the winners govern?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

When I first went to Washington in the 1960s as a novice congressman, the Democratic Party was clearly in control. It held the White House and enjoyed big majorities in both houses of Congress. So big, in fact, that a sizable group of Democratic p ..... 
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Talking points

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

“Talking Points” as we whimsically call them, could more aptly be thought of as “alarm buttons”! The rich should pay their “fair share” is a match setting fire to a parched field. Words such as Capitalism, Socialism, Free trade, Amnesty ..... 
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