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One Moment, Please... Finding the truth


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Is it fair to say that the Internet is now the judge, the jury, and the executioner?

Recently, a 2000 Fillmore Central High School graduate, Kiel Rushton, was erroneously acknowledged as the officer involved in the shooting of Philando Castile on July 6, 2016.

In today’s world, we seem to be surrounded by quick judgement and self-declared experts. Just because you can “google” something, doesn’t mean that what you find is completely accurate. There’s no accountability with the Internet.

Following the video that was live-streamed on Facebook from Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, showing the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting in the Twin Cities, organizers of www.copblock.org pursued the story and quickly announced that Officer Kiel Rushton was the officer who shot Castile. This was completely false.

The correct name of the officer was Jeronimo Yanez, as reported by credible news sources such as the Star Tribune.

But, the damage had been done. Members of the Facebook community who were outraged by the Castile shooting began to share information about Officer Rushton. Suddenly, Rushton and his family became the target of those who were angered by what happened to Philandro Castile. By Friday, July 8, 2016, there were over 57,000 “people talking about Kiel Rushton” on the Internet, all resulting from false information presented by the anti-police organization www.copblock.org.

And, when the correct name of the officer was released, the organizers of www.copblock.org made the following apology: “We apologize for the error and would hope that the police would be more prompt on releasing such information. After all, they routinely plaster the names of those wanted for various crimes all over the media shortly after a crime was committed, why should it be different for police?”

Who holds the website publishers of www.copblock.org accountable? In the newspaper business, we call this libel. We are held accountable. The Internet seems to be fraught with blatant misinformation that people consume as the truth.

Are there guns in heaven?

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis Hunting has long been a tradition in our family. The freezer is full of squirrel and venison. When fall comes, the trees burst into brilliant color and the cold air has a clarity which excites the hunters. They don their orange ..... 
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A deeper look at Comey’s report on Clinton’s emails

By Herb Panko

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

Recently Chief FBI Investigator James Comey gave his final report on Hillary Clinton’s emails. In his conclusion, he stated that there was no evidence that Clinton intentionally lied or intended to commit fraud. For that reason, her actions did n ..... 
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One year later: Remembering Cecil the Lion’s legacy and the controversy surrounding his death

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Sara Snipes The conservation world was rocked on July 1, 2015 as news spread about the death of Cecil the Lion. While Africa may be home to underdeveloped nations with crippling civil wars, it is also the home of many important conservation effo ..... 
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What they’re fighting over

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton Barring a surprise at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month, the race for the presidency is set. So this seems a good time to step back and consider just what it is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ..... 
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Rights and responsibilities

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp When I was quite young and wanted to talk about my rights and freedom, my mother said you can’t have rights and freedom without responsibilities. No one’s freedoms include the right to take someone else’s rights. Every r ..... 
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Tim Penny, the late Bruce Vento, and Garrison Keillor in DC while Penny was in Congress

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Tim Penny July 1 will be Garrison Keillor’s last official time hosting “A Prairie Home Companion,” a public radio broadcast with a history a decade longer than that of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF), which is celebrati ..... 
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Building walls

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen Yep. You knew it was coming. So it’s that time of the year when we finally take the Cupid or shamrock stickers off of our windows and replace them with firecrackers, explosions, and other sorts of prehistoric Emoji. We’ll gril ..... 
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For those eligible, voting should be easy

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of ..... 
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