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Oversight by private citizens: How important is it?


Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Jeff Erding

There is an axiom we all should remember: “Any problematic situation, not dealt with in a timely manner, will always get out of hand.”

That statement is as universally true as any generalization can ever be. From little things like the misbehavior of a child to the rise of an international tyrant/mass murderer like Adolph Hitler, problems ignored or not properly dealt with often morph into something much more serious.

One example is littering and illegal dumping. Left unchecked, ravines or dead end roads in rural areas are often targeted by thoughtless individuals as a good place to get rid of trash, worn out tires, or junk appliances. Once the dumping starts, it will grow like a cancer as others see a cheap way to dispose of unwanted items. It will never stop until someone confronts the responsible people and holds them accountable.

Slob hunters are another prime example. Littering, trespassing, shooting from the road, leaving gates open, shooting road signs, these individuals are not really hunters at all. They are just thoughtless knot heads who do not deserve the privilege to possess a license to hunt. But they are out there, besmirching the reputation of responsible, law abiding, ethical hunters with their reprehensible actions.

My own Roman Catholic Church is another prime example.

I still remember the anger displayed by my Father when the painful subject of the sexual abuse scandal by some parish priests was broached. Dad, who was not easily disturbed by anything after spending several consecutive years in a war zone, grew visibly upset when he discussed the failure of church leaders to deal properly with this terrible problem. He found it astounding that bishops could attempt to hide the problems and move the perpetrators to a new area, exposing yet more youngsters to predation. I believe his feelings are justified. The church has now, at long last, confronted the problem albeit at the spear point of lawsuits by whistleblowers. Meanwhile, the damage to the Catholic community has been devastating. Many thousands have abandoned the church. Priests, the vast majority of whom live upstanding exemplary lives of selfless service to their parishioners, have become marginalized and despised in the eyes of many. The recruitment of young men to the priesthood has tanked, causing a severe shortage of parish priests and the inevitable closing of many sma .....
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Thoughts about Christmas

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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According to the calendar, the day for being “Thankful” has come and gone and we are rapidly approaching the time for “Peace on Earth”! On November 13, I started off the holiday season by attending the premiere performance of “Little Wom ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Rainbows, unicorns and cotton candy

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Three years ago from today, on December 14, 2012, a lone gunman walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and murdered 20 children and six adult staff members. Before that horrific event in U.S. history, there were countless others. I d ..... 
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Keeping Houston County informed and involved

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By Justin Zmyewski Commissioner District #2 Public participation, better decisions… Provided it is done well, public participation leads to better decisions and in my opinion, the Houston County Board of Commissioners should view public parti ..... 
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No milk today

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By Eric M. Leitzen I’m sorry, folks. I know it’s the holiday season, and I know we all still have refrigerators stuffed full of turkey and gravy and, well, stuffing. I know that it’s that time to go out hunting for just that perfect gift fo ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Setting the table

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com The table has been set, and now it is time to host our guests of honor. I’m not referring to a holiday feast, as is common this time of year. I’m referring ..... 
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Admitting refugees, the right thing to do

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
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By Karen Reisner With the recent tragic ISIS attacks in Paris, it is understandable and reasonable that Americans fear that we too will be attacked by these extremists. It is most unfortunate that politicians have chosen to exploit the apprehension ..... 
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The tyranny of government’s unelected fourth branch

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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By Stan Gudmundson I wonder how many Minnesota school districts have “issues” with buildings, superintendents, and/or schoolboards. Caledonia overbuilt and is paying the price for it. Declining enrollment tells you that along with the distric ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Fate of Word on the Web

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Two weeks ago, I asked our readers to share their thoughts on the content feature we’ve titled “Word on the Web”. There were some readers expressing conce ..... 
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