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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 grill some burgers, boil some brats, pack away the potato salad and cram in the cole slaw... and yes, maybe somewhere in all there we’ll actually remember Valley Forge, where Betsy Ross said “I have not yet begun to fight” while sewing the first American flag out of General Cornwallis’ red coat... or something.

Heck, as a modern American youth, my history class might have been taught by a confused math teacher on his prep hour. You should be glad I can even spell Cornwallis.

There’s been a lot of talk about walls lately. Fences. Enclosures. Partitions. Corrals. Stockades. Ramparts. Or that thing at the zoo everyone was so angry about last month but already forgot about because a cat did a funny on the Internet. Good fences make good neighbors, I’ve been told, but I’ve found that not to be the case. I don’t have any fences right now, and I like to think I get along pretty darn well with my neighbors. Of course, one is a church, so the biggest worry I get from dangerous types bleeding over my sovereign border is on Sunday mornings.

I’m joking, of course, but we all should take a good hard look at the walls in our lives, whether they be real or imaginary. There was no wall when Johann Leitzen came into New York over 150 years ago, and there was no wall when John Groff came over, either. Every time we try to put up a wall to keep African-Americans from voting, or when we passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, we look back on it as a whole with embarrassment. That’s not what America is, and anyone with a lick of sense knows it. America is the place where a German/Jewish/Gypsy/Catholic mutt can live free and marry a nice Evangelical girl and have an adorable, big-eyed baby... and not one darn person can tell them they can’t. People came to America to flee persecution and hatred, and they still do today, no matter how much a small percentage of the population whines about it.

America is a land most often held in amazement by folks outside the country as having so much space, so it seems silly to worry about which little part is mine or yours. It’s important to remember that the Constitution was written to afford al .....
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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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One Moment, Please... Cleaning our ditches

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com On Friday, June 17, four of us committed our time and energy toward cleaning a small patch of Mother Nature. Over the course of a two-mile stretch of Highway 52 ..... 
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Correction - 6.27.16

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

In the June 20, 2016 Fillmore County Journal article titled “Lanesboro Council considers feasibility study for new assisted living center”, Michael Brown was mentioned as the chair of the EDA. He is actually the secretary of the EDA. We apolo ..... 
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It’s his nature

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

By Karen Reisner This November I will cast my vote in a presidential election for the twelfth time. Each time I have chosen the person that I most agreed with and felt was best equipped to do the job. Even when my choice failed to win, I never once ..... 
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Why do districts build new schools?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson Why do districts build new schools? There are really only two reasons. One is because they have to. The other is because they want to. Given the increasingly ridiculous tax burden we face, wanting to build a new school is or ..... 
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Trehus distorting facts for political purposes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By State Representative Greg Davids I find it highly ironic that Thomas Trehus accuses me of “passing the blame” on the political shenanigans being played by the Twin Cities Democratic leadership he supports, then proceeds to blame me for nea ..... 
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Legislative failure

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Thomas Trehus Spring Grove School Board member and candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives Once again, our state legislators failed to compromise on a transportation plan and a public infrastructure bill for our state. In Houston and ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Here come the parades

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre; Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who questioned why the Fillmore County Journal participates in parades. “How much money do you make wh ..... 
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