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One moment, please... Survivor: The Pilot Mound Series


Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Last week, I took a break from writing anything political. Now, I'm back in the saddle and clopping full speed ahead. I have two subjects to discuss but only enough space in the newspaper for one of them this week. You'll get this one now in today's newspaper, and the next one will have an early release at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com in the "Commentary" section and on the FCJ Facebook Fan Group. Otherwise, you'll find my thoughts in print on Monday, March 8 in the Fillmore County Journal.

Meeting coverage

Since Pilot Mound township clerk Joyce Borgen requested my presence to cover my first monthly Pilot Mound Township meeting on Monday, November 9, I have received a flood of phone calls, pointed e-mails, and an occasional office visit as if someone is running for Governor -- all from a wide variety of interested persons. Whether online, in print or at the local coffee shop, Pilot Mound has been a news maker.

I have debated whether we should dedicate our resources to what goes far beyond township government meetings, and is ultimately derived from personality conflicts between neighbors. While I have questioned whether the "Chronicles of Pilot Mound" are newsworthy, according to Minnesota Association of Township attorney Eric Hedtke, contending with this issue from afar, there are about five or six townships battling similar complexities throughout all 1,786 townships in the State of Minnesota. So, it sounds like Pilot Mound is not alone.

After the paper comes out with another Pilot Mound Township story, when I quote someone at one of the monthly meetings, they contact me to say they wanted me to quote something else they said in the meeting instead. They don't dispute the quote I attributed to them, but they want another angle taken on the story. It's quite an interesting ingredient in this recipe of media manipulation.

I've had people say "I'm sure you're selling more newspapers with all of this dirt on Pilot Mound." Lest we forget that our newspaper is freely distributed to every household in Fillmore County? We don't need dirt nor sensationalism.

It's not about a road

As this soap opera unravels, the politics continue to evolve like an episode of the famed reality TV show Survivor. Undoubtedly, there are two alliances. And, the issues revolving around concerns with falling rocks on the bluffs of Harrow Road have become a sidebar to what's really taking place -- an election. People are campaigning, .....
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Enough Is Enough

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

When President Obama advocated nuclear energy, offshore drilling and research to provide clean coal technology as solutions to our increasing energy problems, I winced. Granted, he also advocated the use of alternative energy resources. When he pred ..... 
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Is it really tea time?

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The Tea Party movement has been receiving a great deal of attention of late. The recent Nashville convention featuring keynote speaker Sarah Palin garnered worldwide media coverage. However, there were more reports about the costs of attending the c ..... 
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One Moment Please - What is important?

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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I'm stepping back from making any political statements this week. Instead I'm sharing my thoughts on what I feel is most important in all of our lives: family.

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How about some common sense

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Imagine that you've legally parked your car on a city street. When you return, a stack of traffic citations rests on the windshield even though your tires are in the lines and your meter shows time remaining. You have been fined because other parked ..... 
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Pick Your Heroes

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

l Graham Nash wrote a song in about 1970, and I hope he won't sue me for sharing a few lines:

Teach your children well/Their fathers hell/will slowly go by.

And feed them on your dreams/the one they pick's/the one you'll know by.
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What Makes A Good Politician

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Members of Congress play a central role in our lives. They shape our health-care system, make crucial decisions about the U.S. economy, and represent the hopes and interests of every American in Washington. Given this fact, I'm always surprised that ..... 
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How To Be A Better Lover?

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 19:19 NIV

Many think of love as something that comes easy. Usually it is because people misunderstand the term "love." To be a really loving person can be challenging. Can you think of a command in th ..... 
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The Cause of the Recession

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The root cause of our recession is very simple. Government and politicians created this mess. Not the market system, not greed, not a misalignment of the stars and planets, not even a conspiracy of big bankers, industrialists, or trivial Hollywood a ..... 
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