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The Good Lie


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

There’s no getting around it: although the recession is technically over in America (although some European countries are sliding back in), things are still not going well for a lot of Americans. Add to our troubles at home the current hot stories like Ebola, Ukraine, the plight of the Yazidi in Iraq, the Islamic State terrorizing parts of the Middle East, and any other depressing tidbits you can find in a glance at the news, and it sometimes makes you wonder just what the heck is going on. And then, earlier last week we receive word that one of America’s most beloved funny-men seems to have died at his own hand, and there’s not only an elephant in the room, but a couple of gorillas and an angry looking hippo as well… and it’s getting hard to breathe in here.

So… how do you deal?

Luckily, Americans have developed something truly amazing to combat this big, old, crazy world we live in. Think about your standard stereotypes the world over: the French are morose, the Germans always angry, and Canadians blissfully unaware, smiling and waving as always. Americans have a reputation as stubborn and cocky in the rest of the world, that famous “Cowboy” stereotype, but it gives us an interesting look into a uniquely American phenomenon I like to call the Good Lie.

You see… sometimes things are terrible. Just terrible. No good jobs, the water’s been poisoned by runoff, the western states are on fire, and the Congress has a lower approval than head lice. Also, despite repeated pleas, Hardee’s will not bring back their fried chicken menu. Americans may well be aware that there are problems in the world, but we’re also the cockeyed optimists of the world. It wasn’t just bombs and guns and tanks that helped win World War II, it was also the spirit of the Americans that, even though things looked terrible, we can and will work together and make it happen. That skill is as invaluable to America’s success as it is sometimes a hindrance to our success, like in Iraq.

We have what I believe is a unique ability to hold two simultaneously contradictory positions in our own minds, and fully believe both. As far as national stereotypes go, being too stubborn to admit things are bad and working despite it all to make something good surely isn’t anything to be upset about. The American culture is the culture that can say yes, we hate our Congress more than root canals and used-car salesman, but we .....
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DNR was right to stop illegal silica sand mining in Houston County

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer, Houston County, MN The DNR is to be commended for their decisive action to ensure important new laws to protect trout streams from silica sand mining are not ignored. The law is straightforward and requires silica sand ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Cousins

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my cousin from California. His wife is from Wisconsin, so they came back to visit her family, and coordinated their schedule to meet up with us in Minnesota. We found a meeting point ..... 
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Reclaiming America

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

While considering a topic for this month’s submission, I made the wise decision to consult my “better half”. Cindy always has a knack for bringing me back to reality. You are too much of a “Debbie Downer” she said. “ It’s not like ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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Why I am a Democrat

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jon Pieper There is one question I am frequently asked. Why are you running for the Minnesota House as a Democrat? The answer is very simple. I want to be part of a forward looking political party that works to improve the quality of life of t ..... 
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Why government fails, and what we should do about it

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in govern ..... 
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Bullying in politics

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson There has been a huge fuss about bullying in schools but people seldom are concerned about other menacing bullies. Bullying is a tactic often used by people holding “certain” political views. Though liberals tell us they a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Keeping Houston County citizens informed and involved

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Justin Zmyewski Houston Commissioner District #2 “The Big Picture in the Short Term” when looking at the construction of a new Houston County Highway Shop should have the following facts considered: FACT: Houston County had a 3.52 percent ..... 
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