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Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As I indicated shortly after my wife and I purchased the newspaper on February 2, 2009, this is YOUR newspaper.

Last Monday, May 25, I opted to publish a commentary piece at the request of Art Callanan, a resident of Preston and long-time Journal reader. He mailed to me a copy of this recently published article, asking that I check with the American Free Press to determine if we could reprint it in the Fillmore County Journal.

The title of the commentary was "Website offers $25 million for birth certificate, Obama supporters remain disturbingly mum."

By Tuesday, May 26, I had received e-mails from two Journal readers, one in Preston and one in Peterson. One reader told me that I "must do better as a publisher/editor and this community deserves better journalistic content." The other reader suggested that I "research this misinformation and include full clarification under [my] byline in [my] next edition." In both cases, I strongly urged them to write a 'Letter to the Editor' to clarify the points they would like to make. They both declined that offer, with one of them stating "I have no interest in, frankly, wasting my time, dealing with such flim-flam as Shannon's piece."

It has been my experience that commentary sections or opinion pages are the perfect place for lively debate. I consider them the predecessor to online chat rooms and blogs. This is YOUR opportunity to set the record straight, and I encourage you to do so. One reader believes one thing and you believe something else. Offer some enlightenment.

I sensed that these two readers were upset with me, personally, thinking that every item that goes into the newspaper aligns with my belief system and this was reflective of my views. On the contrary, we publish a wide range of content that creates authenticity from all perspectives - and I don't agree with all of them.

I can see how these two readers could assume that this article we reprinted from the American Free Press was presumably part of my political platform. That's often the case with newspapers, and that brings me to my next point. Thanks to these two Journal readers for the segue.

I've been in the media business for over 15 years, and one thing that has continually bothered me is the slant in journalism leaning one direction or the other. And, I've found readers can't stand it either. Isn't the media supposed to be balanced in their coverage?

A thorough study conducted by .....
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Pawlenty and Legislature fail to best serve the people

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Sadly, the Republican governor and the DFL-led legislature were unable to compromise and play "let's make a deal" and do what is in the state's best interest as their session ended on May 18th at midnight. Pawlenty had given the legislature an ultim ..... 
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Foxes in the hen house

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The foxes are not just in the hen house they want to build the next hen house complete with an easily breached fence. The American Health Insurance Plans, the American Medical Society, PHARMA and other healthcare organizations that have pros ..... 
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It costs too much

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The conventional wisdom is that now is the time for healthcare reform. Of course, the Republicans are saying we cannot do it now because of the economic crisis. We couldn't do it before because of the economic boom and anyone that wanted to ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



It's not often that we'll have two editorial cartoons on these fashionably sequenced pages, but today is a special treat.

OK, let's not get carried away. Just relax and keep the excitement to yourself.

The reason for two too ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Remember SARS or the West Nile Virus? Ah, those were the good old days.

Back when viruses left food sources alone.

Throughout my 15 years in the media business, it will never cease to amaze me how the national media feasts on ..... 
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Folks we don't know

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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Heroes and Villains share an important commonality; they are always outside of our personal social systems. When I was a kid, all the boys wanted to be cowboys even if they had never seen a horse up close. Girls wanted to be Princesses thoug ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I don't usually write book reviews, but this one is worth writing and reading.

This past winter, I read a book that I had purchased long ago with every intention of reading -- but it didn't happen until recently. It was one of those books yo ..... 
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Cyberspace, a double edged sword

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

An increasingly widespread form of child abuse and sexual exploitation is fostered by predators using the Internet. We should be aware of one of the dark sides of computer use especially the misuse by predators against unsuspecting, vulnerable child ..... 
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