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Look up, Americans, it’s not as bad as you think


By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary



We are one glum country.

Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal poll found that the one thing Americans agree upon whatever their race or circumstances is that the system is stacked against people like them.

Scratch an American, it seems, and you’ll get a litany of complaints about our representative democracy.

I see this defeatism all around me. When I speak to classes of university students, I almost always ask for a show of hands on whether these young people believe the U.S. is in decline or on the rise. Every time, the room is evenly split. That’s a lot of people who are losing faith in our system.

So I have just one thing to say: Could we all take a deep breath?

For one thing, we deal with our challenges from a position of strength. We have friendly neighbors to the north and south, oceans to the east and west, and a growing, relatively young population. We possess abundant natural resources, the world’s most capable military force, a nuclear arsenal second to none, and a deterrent power envied by every other country on earth. We face no existential threat from foreign powers. We can choose the role we want to play in the world.

We created the major mechanisms for world stability — the United Nations, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank — and we still help maintain them. We lead the way in pressing for open markets and free trade. Our fundamentals — from our military to our technology to our system of higher education — remain strong. We’re doing better economically than any other major industrialized nation, and have put more people back to work since the recovery began than the rest of the industrialized world combined. Does that sound like a once-great nation on its knees?

Our people possess strengths in abundance. We have a remarkable reservoir of talent both in the workforce and, to judge by the students I encounter every day, preparing to enter it. We’re blessed with a strong entrepreneurial tradition that nurtures inventiveness and creativity, and that draws countless people from abroad eager to make something of their future. Though we’re hardly perfect on this score, we have friends across the glob .....
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Letter about... Keeping Christmas in Christmas!

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, How many people in Spring Grove are as disappointed and dismayed as I to find an “in-your-face” Happy Holidays sign planted in City Park instead of a “Merry Christmas” salutation?! For Christians, Christmas is a religious H ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Small box vs. small business

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Did you partake in Small Business Saturday and support your locally owned businesses while getting some great deals on gifts for Christmas? I sure hope so. You’ll see an ad that we publish in our newspaper on a regular basis, and here’s what ..... 
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Houston discusses townships paying their fair share

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston city council held their monthly meeting on December 8. While the meeting was shorter than usual, the council was able to take care of some important matters. The council adopted the final city budget and tax levy for 2015. The total le ..... 
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Spring Valley approves 2015 budget

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks A regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held on December 8 at 6 p.m. Following the Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and approved December preliminary accoun ..... 
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Community support evident on GTTM Day

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 13, Minnesotan’s again proved their generosity by giving a record $18,316,626 in the 24 hour online marathon to support non-profits and schools. This is a 7 percent increase over 2013 when $17.1 million was raised on Give to ..... 
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Production brewery approved by Fountain city council

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

During its regular monthly meeting on December 4, 2014 the Fountain City Council unanimously approved a zoning permit and an off-sale brewery liquor license for a production brewery and tap room for resident Eric Luoma. This would include the sal ..... 
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Red Kettle leadership changes

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Features

After 10 years of working together and thousands of dollars raised for those in need in Fillmore County, the Preston, Minn. Salvation Army “Red Kettle team” consisting of Barb Scheevel, Nancy Byrne, Sue Hovey, and Sheila Craig are passing the to ..... 
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Summary of Minutes November 25, 2014 County Board Meeting

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

Summary of Minutes November 25, 2014 County Board Meeting The Fillmore County Board met in special session at the Courthouse in the City of Preston. All members were present. Also present were the Coordinator/Clerk, and other department heads and ..... 
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