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By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

What should we call them? What is permissible in mixing the words extremist, radical, fanatic, barbaric, and terrorist with Muslim, Islam, Jihadist or some other term? Can we or can we not use language that includes the possibility of saying Muslim extremist, or Islamic Jihadist, or any other politically correct/incorrect nomenclature?

There is a surreal debate going on about all of this but it is a dog chasing its tail. These are trivial arguments. We are missing the essential problem.

It goes back to this. From the very beginning, groups of people have adopted beliefs that do not allow for the existence of any other point of view. Moreover, many of these groups believed in the absolute superiority of their positions to the extent that they were convinced that it was permissible and even imperative to kill anyone who was not like them or did not believe as they believed.

History provides us with countless secular and religious examples. Author William Voegeli in his recent book “The Pity Party” says of 16th and 17th century religious wars between Catholic and Protestant in Europe that they “were so ferocious because all of the combatants…took for granted the absolute necessity of a moral and teleological unity, which meant that allowing the wrong one to prevail would be worse than any amount of death and destruction”.

Ultimately “the exhaustion and despair brought on by unrelenting savagery left Europeans receptive to a…modern idea (that)…people could live together without a shared understanding (whereby) people could live…side by side while agreeing to disagree”.

The notion that we must kill those whose “moral and teleological unity” is different than ours has not gone away by a long shot. In the secular worldview, we saw that, and still do, in the world of the Communists and Nazis. North Korea today and the Cambodian slaughter after the Vietnam war plus the Nazi genocide of the Jews are some of the more extreme examples.

There are many other religion-based examples such as the Turkish genocide of Armenians, the occasional riots in India where Hindus kill Muslims and Christians, and now, of course, those who murder in the name of their Islamic religion.

In his 2001 book, “The Clash of Civilizations”, noted scholar Samuel Huntington foresaw the current conundrum. Huntington’s central thesis is that future “international a .....
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Correction-“Divided government returns to Minnesota”

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Minnesota Republican legislators are against raising new revenue for transportation, but have suggested that $750 million could be raised over four years to fix state roads and bridges through efficiencies. The number was misstated in the article ..... 
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Correction- 2015 Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

For the Fillmore County Journal 2015 Calendar, there was an error in the month of September 2015. We sincerely apologize for printing the incorrect date in the calendar for the 2015 Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days. The correct dates for Steam Engin ..... 
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Why are people in power so afraid?

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Research shows that on average, rich people are less empathetic than poor people. There are two possible explanations. First, part of climbing the ladder in many cases is a willingness to step on others, this selects for lack of empathy. Second, onc ..... 
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Easing sanctions on Cuba? It’s about time!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It was 1958. I was 25 and living in Vero Beach, Fla. when I decided the time was right to accept an invitation I had received to go to Cuba. I met Gordon David when he was dock master of a boat-line in Hyannis Port. He was very excited about purcha ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are somet ..... 
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It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Erding is good for a laugh

By Mark Gusa

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

I finally had to write. After reading Mr. Erding for many months I had to reply. I read his commentary to get my daily or weekly laugh like I do when listening to Sean Hannity on the radio every night on the way home. They both cherry pick facts a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Erding’s rebuttal

By Herb Panko

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

I generally do not respond to rebuttals to my articles as I feel that such replies are of little value. However, in this particular instance I am making an exception, since Jeff Erding sardonically invites me to do so at the end of his rebuttal ..... 
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