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One moment, please... Homer Simpson moments


Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



For those of you who didn't catch it in last Monday's Fillmore County Journal, to the lower left of my column is a reference point for which I feel an obligation to share with readers.

We made a mistake. We noted the author of the Journal Writing Project as Kevin Klungtvedt and it should have been credited to John Klungtvedt.

We found out at about 2:00 p.m. on Friday, just after the pages were printing on the press.

Kevin's mother called the office, speaking with my wife, Amanda, to let her know of the error. She discovered it on the Journal's website, since the PDF of pages had already been loaded just like any other early Friday afternoon.

Kevin is John's father for those who don't know, as stated to my left (or your right, if you are reading this upside-down).

It was one of those things that spellcheck doesn't catch.

Even with all of our curious eyes in the office scanning almost 30 pages for errors such as this, we still didn't notice anything different about that article that John wrote.

Making mistakes in our business becomes something we never live down -- at least internally. Essentially, once it's out there, IT'S OUT THERE.

And when that error hits you in the face like a 90-mph brick, for me, it's best described as a Homer Simpson moment. "D'OH!"

While we can't take back the mistakes, we can always print a retraction or correction, as we did in this case.

We extend our apologies to Kevin and John Klungtvedt.

We hope it hasn't caused any cases of mistaken identity.

Wind farms and wildlife

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The wind itself may be free, but harnessing it for electrical power involves the expenses of wind turbine production, purchase of options on land for the placement of turbines and provision of service roads and substations. Indirect expenses ..... 
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One moment, please... Multiplicity

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Recent Journal office conversations have inspired me to write a piece about the antics of the California octuplet lady, Nadya Suleman. Surely, you've heard about her and her 14 children. Who hasn't?

Can you imagine being the single mother of ..... 
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Hopeless problems, hopeful solutions

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Problems:

1.) Humanity finds itself embroiled in regional conflicts everywhere on earth. Resource wars are being conducted even as economies contract. We have no baseline information on which to act regarding planetary atmosphere and climate ..... 
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All it takes is a little effort

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Some things just get my blood boiling. I've witnessed people at highway Rest Areas dump garbage out their door onto the ground when there is a trash container steps away directly in front of their parked car. I have participated in "Adopt a Highway" ..... 
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Welcome to Fillmore County

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Journal has new owners and as a recent transplant to this perfect corner of the earth I want to say, hello.

Jason, huh? You make me feel old right from the start. My son is Jason and I have a deep furrow between my eyebrow ..... 
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We're number 37

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The Obama era was supposed to begin by dealing with four issues Iraq and the Middle East and all its permutations, the economy and the recession, healthcare systems, and lastly, all other entitlements.

The economy has sucked all the air out o ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I keep hearing how the current state of affairs is being compared to crises of the past, which is understandable -- since economists often theorize that history repeats itself.

Most recently, I heard that our finanicial woes were comparable ..... 
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On ethics, morality and faith: The Redeemed Shall Walk

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Do you remember when you, your parents, or grandparents, saved Gold Bond stamps or S & H Green stamps, given as an incentive to buy from a certain store or gas station? After we filled the required number of books, we could take them to a Redemption ..... 
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