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As a new resident


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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By LuAnn Wilcox

Lanesboro, Minn.

As a new resident in Lanesboro, my experience is that it is the friendliest, most inviting, and most welcoming small town I’ve ever been to. This feeling is a bit more muted in the rest of Fillmore County but still, in general, the area abounds in an amiable ambience. So, it has been disheartening to read commentary columns in this newspaper that contradict my experience and assumptions.

It isn’t that I was naive enough to think there aren’t stark differences of opinion and ideology here, but I wanted to believe that kindness, mutual respect, and civility would prevail in public discourse. That ideal was dampened and diminished by Jeff Erding’s diatribe in the April 7 Fillmore County Journal (Agenda 21: How progressives are using deception to destroy liberty). My brother, who was visiting from Minneapolis at the time and has been equally enamored with this area, pointed it out to me. And, he said that it immediately affected his contemplation of moving here himself.

Mr. Erding used the words “radical” and “secular” several times in his purporting of what “they want” and “they don’t want you to know.” He uses all capital letters to yell at the reader that U.N. Agenda 21 is “designed to exert ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER EVERY IMAGINABLE HUMAN ACTIVITY.” Scary stuff. But, it isn’t Agenda 21 that’s scary, it’s rabid rants like this. Many of us have witnessed this brand of divisive demagoguery on cable news or talk radio, but most of us should be dismayed to see it in our local newspaper.

For the record, I got a copy of Agenda 21 and read the March 3 Journal commentary by Dr. Bryan Van Gorp about sustainability, which Mr. Erding also cites in his argument. He describes these as “phony, failed, ridiculous ideology” that has the “potential to destroy personal liberty.” Blatantly false, but that’s beside my point. What is truly scary is that Mr. Erding and his ilk continue to deny scientific facts and believe in unfettered capitalism. It seems to me that a global vision of sustainability, with commensurate rights, regulations, and responsibilities, is only rational. The article and agenda he cited are delivered as such, and are entirely well-reasoned, in vivid contrast to his own.

Media outlets love incendiary commentary like Jeff Erding’s, Glenn Beck’s, or Rush Limbaugh’s, because it stirs up emotional contro .....
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One Moment Please... We have arrived

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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We have arrived at a point at which we are hopefully saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring, summer and fall -- the three more appreciated seasons of Minnesota. Since December, most of us have seen very little of our neighbors. In every littl ..... 
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To Easter, Spring, and New Beginnings

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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It was Easter Sunday. I was 4 when a furry bundle was thrust into my arms. “Tippy Toe” was snow white with a pink nose, long silky ears lined with pale pink and eyes the color of red wine. My two older sisters and I delighted in watching him munc ..... 
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One Moment Please... Congratulations Abigail Hanson

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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I would like to be the first to publicly congratulate Abigail Hanson, a senior at Mabel-Canton High School, for being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Journal StudentWriting Project Scholarship. Since 2010, the Fillmore County Journal has contr ..... 
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One good turn

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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After six years of searching following my graduation from college and my semester of student teaching, I have landed a full time job. Despite five years experience as a teacher, the position is not in education due to both a cultural and governmental ..... 
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Joyfully, those restricting bonds of winter melt away

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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As the accursed snow melts away and the ground that seemed buried forever appears, the bonds of winter slowly melt away. Hopefully, no more 10 layers of clothing, no more shoveling and chopping ice or trudging through two feet of snow, and no more ..... 
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Rep. Davids bill would exempt social security benefits from Minnesota income tax

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL, Minm. – In an effort to allow Minnesota to join 28 other states that in some way exempt social security income from local taxes, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is authoring legislation that would provide ..... 
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Agenda 21: How progressives are using deception to destroy liberty

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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Those familiar with my articles know I have been warning the folks about the “noose of government dependence” that is being tightened slowly but surely around our collective necks. The radical left and secular progressives want you to think th ..... 
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Time to fix government

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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By Lee H. Hamilton In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the m ..... 
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