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Rebuttal to Herb Panko’s guest commentary


By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary



I wish to express my appreciation for the commentary submitted by Herb Panko in the 12/29/31 FCJ. With his typical personal attacks and predictable references to the decades old accomplishments of his chosen party, Mr. Panko could save his original commentary from a couple years ago, change a sentence or two, plagiarize the title of his intended victim, and submit the article with a very minimum of effort; one submittal is just another broken record of the last. One aspect I appreciate is his ability to further the cause of conservatism immensely by alienating the readers with his invective- filled writing.

He accuses me personally and conservatives in general of, and I quote, “unsupported statements, gross exaggerations, false allegations, and failure to provide alternative solutions.”

Those of you who read my submittals know I do my research and always reveal where the information comes from. Quite often, I have used quotes and information from liberal individuals and entities. Gross exaggerations and false allegations? Bull feathers! I stand by every fact and statistic listed in every commentary I have submitted. Mr. Panko deliberately uses generalities in his attacks because he knows that his positions are indefensible. One can’t respond effectively to a non-specific criticism, so Herb uses the typical weapon of the Far Left: Personal attacks and non specific invective.

No alternative solutions? I can’t take credit for thinking of them all, but I did list 15 specific actions in my last article. Enough said about that!

As far as listing sources, anyone out there remember Mr. Panko listing even one source for all the “ facts” he so proudly proclaims? Anybody? So the cute little story about the white officer who resigned, where did that come from? Was a source listed? Nope.

Lastly, Mr. Panko does a better job than I ever could describing how the tentacles of socialism are slowly but surely winding around the throats of American citizens, threatening to destroy the best and brightest nation in world history. Keep writing Mr. Panko! People like you make my job a pleasure!

One Moment, Please... Take an interest in your history

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

With the recent retirement of Sheriff Jensen, and the introduction of Sheriff Kaase into his new role with Fillmore County, I was curious how many Sheriffs had served this great county. So, I contacted Debra Richardson, the Executive Director of ..... 
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The energy boom in America: Who gets the credit?

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

“Great Depression” of the 1930’s. These years have been terribly painful for millions of Americans, and according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the recovery has been slower and more anemic by far than the average of the ..... 
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The energy boom in America: Who gets the credit?

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

“Great Depression” of the 1930’s. These years have been terribly painful for millions of Americans, and according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the recovery has been slower and more anemic by far than the average of the ..... 
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The joy of giving

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I opened my mailbox Saturday, December 6, “when what to my wondering eyes appeared” a small cardboard box six by eight inches resting on my copy of the Journal with the picture of “the” Moose on the front page. When I came into the hou ..... 
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All I want for Christmas

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
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In the spirit of making lists and checking them twice, I’ve decided to come up with a list of my own: what I want for Christmas and for the New Year. And what we at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) are doing to make this happen. ..... 
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Now it’s time to focus on growing the economy

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an int ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to “the true victims of the nanny state: unintended consequences of liberal policies”

By Herb Panko

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

What Jeff Erding tries to pass off as a factual rant in his latest article in the FCJ is in actuality largely fiction. It is freighted with all the usual talking points of conservative Right Wingers. For those of you who may have missed his failed ..... 
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What environmentalists really want?

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
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Conservation is a conservative value as evidence by the root word. What is the down side of protecting our resources? Our very lives depend on the ecosystem, not to mention the economy, so why wouldn’t we all be environmentalists. The precaut ..... 
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