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One moment, please: Sizing me up...


Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It's become pretty apparent to me that people are trying to size me up, pondering how I'll approach political issues.

I have received e-mails, phone calls, and anonymous hand-written letters (with no return addresses on the envelopes) - and these are not love letters, I might add.

Is he a Democrat or Republican? What can we expect in the newspaper every week? Where does he stand on political issues?

In particular, I have found it interesting how people are still lingering around the subject of my decision to publish the Pat Shannan commentary on Obama's birth certificate verification.

As I have indicated twice in the FCJ now, the Pat Shannan commentary was submitted by Art Callanan, of Preston, with a request to be reprinted. If you have questions about that commentary, get in touch with Art.

I didn't write that commentary. If you want to know what I think, please read my commentary.

For those of you who don't know me, other than through your observation of the content of the newspaper during the past few months, I'm a regular guy who actually doesn't seek to stir the pot -- as some individuals have asserted.

I have a colorful past in dealing with the agendas of liberals, conservatives, liberatarians and various other special interest groups. From the daily and weekly newspapers where I was publisher, I was labeled many things based on stories we ran.

For those who are hoping to pigeon-hole me in one direction or another, here's how I view the way newspapers should be run.

As you look at the pie chart below, you'll notice some interesting statistics.

For the past four weeks, we have been running this reader poll on our homepage at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com.

The question was, "How do you vote in elections?"

Prior to sharing my observation of these figures, I will preface the results of this experiment with four disclaimers.

1) This web poll did not involve standard, scientific methodology with any measure of error and controlled sample group of participants.

2) Anyone who could access our website could vote on this web poll, so it may not completely reflect the entire opinions of all Fillmore County residents.

3) Any participants of this web poll were most likely brutally honest, since the voting process is completely anonymous.

4) It's a web poll. Nobody got elected here. If the results bother you that much, then turn the p .....
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Why Congress needs institutionalists

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It takes all kinds of people to make the U.S. Congress work. The ambitious and the laid-back, loners and consensus-builders, partisans and aisle-crossers - all have their place. In these highly politicized times, though, there's one type who is part ..... 
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One moment, please... Serving Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As I have visited with Fillmore County residents and business owners, I have arrived at the conclusion that if our masthead says "Fillmore County Journal," then we need to do our best to make sure every household in Fillmore County receives our news ..... 
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Make weatherization plans for winter now

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Planning to make your home more energy efficient for winter is probably not on the top of your agenda for things to do in June. This is a time for leaving windows open over night to let the cool air in, allowing us to wake to a cacophony of birdsong ..... 
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Wild Ethics

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



The cyclist, earphones in his ears, zooms by me, looking neither right or left, intent on speed and endurance and I wonder why he bothers to bike on this section of the Harmony / Preston Trail that runs along Camp Creek where fish swim and ..... 
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A religious conversion: I don't think so

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



This week the American Health Insurance Plans organization (insurance trade organization), along with 5 other health care groups, notified the administration they were on board for healthcare reform. The one caveat they have notified the adm ..... 
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One Moment, Please...

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 Jo ..... 
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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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