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One Moment Please - I grew up saying "Merry Christmas!"


Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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It's interesting to see how much our traditions of the past continue to change as our young nation evolves.

I remember growing up with a Christmas tree in our classroom in the Rochester Public Schools while attending elementary school. By the time I was a senior in high school, the Christmas trees had been removed from the classrooms in order to not offend other cultures. It was a matter of being politically correct.

Whatever happened to "when in Rome, do as the Romans do?"

While I am a tremendous proponent of social tolerance and diversity, with many of my long time friends coming to America from all over the world (just to play soccer on the same field as me!), I think traditions such as a Christmas tree in the classroom are harmless.

And, many of my friends from other countries moved to America for a reason; they wanted to become a part of this great country. For the most part, they don't want to change it. They seek acceptance and to embrace what makes America unique.

Even the reference of "Merry Christmas!" has been scrutinized to the extent that everyone feels pressured to say something like "Happy Holidays!" -- again, so we don't offend anyone. What about offending me? Has anyone thought about my feelings?

Seriously? I grew up saying "Merry Christmas," and this old dog isn't throwing in the towel on that one.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Concerned mother speaks out

Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

My name is Karen Neneman. My husband (Terry) and I have come to speak on behalf of our daughter Sabrina.

As I am sure you all know, Terry and I took Sabrina out of Lanesboro School on November 5, because of bullying issues.

We have m ..... 
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Walking Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

We've just had our first major snowfall of the season and now the sun is shining in a blue sky. The bike/walking trails around Preston, where I live, will not be good for walking again until spring unless we have an unusually significant thaw. An ex ..... 
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One Moment, please... We should feel lucky

Mon, Dec 6th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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I know many of our readers grew up in a small town and possibly even in Fillmore County.

They are used to the norms of life in a small town, which is often a novelty t ..... 
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Social Security attack part two

Fri, Nov 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By R.L. Sauer, MD

Politicians and political operatives who wish to fool us into thinking they're fiscally responsible or have always wanted to dismantle Social Security (SS) claim it's bankrupt and that it's also contributing to the national ..... 
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Why polarization hurts us

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton

By splitting control of Congress in the midterm elections, voters have handed Democrats and Republicans an opportunity to work together. Of course, the number of people in Washington who believe it will happen could fit in ..... 
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One moment, please... People buy from people

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

In the November 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an advertisement from Lee and Diane Bigalk, Bigalk Chevrolet Co. in Harmony, Minn.
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One moment, please... People buy from people

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In the November 15 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was an advertisement from Lee and Diane Bigalk, Bigalk Chevrolet Co. in Harmony, Minn.

This advertisement particularly hit home with me as I read a line in their ad, "Some busine ..... 
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One moment, please... What's cookin'?

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

As Thanksgiving stares us in the eyes like a big turkey on the chopping block, we will have many good things cooking in our kitchens and on the streets ..... 
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