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One Moment, Please... Slender Man not the issue


Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

You may have heard in the news that two 12-year-old girls from the same school in the Milwaukee area lured a classmate into the woods where they stabbed her 19 times to please a fictional Internet character known as Slender Man.

In another case in Ohio, a 13-year-old girl committed a copycat crime by stabbing her mother while in their kitchen at their home. Again, she cited her actions were an attempt to win the approval of Slender Man.

It seems like every day we turn on the news, there is another mass shooting with random unsuspecting victims caught in the crossfire.

•In California, a 22-year-old man allegedly murdered six adults and wounded 13 others.

At Seattle Pacific University, in the state of Washington, a 26-year-old man allegedly killed one person and wounded two others.

•In Oregon, a 15-year-old student allegedly killed a 14-year-old classmate, wounded a teacher, and then took his own life.

In Las Vegas, a husband-and-wife team allegedly murdered two police officers in a restaurant and then went to a nearby Walmart where they allegedly murdered a shopper who confronted them with his own handgun. Later, while confronted by police, the wife shot her husband and then shot herself. Both suspected killers died.

•And, a 24-year-old man allegedly murdered three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers during a shooting spree in the eastern Canadian city of Moncton.

•This all happened in just the past couple weeks. If this isn’t alarming, then I don’t know what is. I would certainly hope that this is not the new norm. Honestly, I don’t want to turn on the news some mornings. I used to blame it all on the appetite of national media to strive for sensationalism to drive view ratings, but these events have become our national reality.

•And, then we hear about Slender Man being the catalyst for these two recent stabbings by young girls attempting to appease some fictional Internet character.

Unfortunately, while our national media always seeks to place blame on guns, knives or even Slender Man, the real culprit is completely ignored.

The reality is that anything can be used as a weapon to harm another person. Vehicles, planes, bats, chains, shovels, frying pans, household chemicals; you name it and there is a potential threat of malice if people are not in the right frame of mind.

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What our country needs from the press

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 vet ..... 
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Thoughts on liberal leadership

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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“It drives everything I do in this office.” Obama says that is “income inequality”. Here are more of his thoughts on the same subject. “The growing inequality is not just morally wrong, it’s bad economics and that’s why reversing the ..... 
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Modern family structure: What is the cost?

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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Much has changed in the last 40 years, especially in the structure of the family. Pre 1960, single parenthood was rare and same sex parenting was nearly unheard of. Out of wedlock births are now nearly as common as are births to married couples, in ..... 
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Guest commentary: In response to “Why I am a Democrat”

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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By Linda Hovland I am reminded of when a person dies, all we remember are the good things about that person instead of any of the bad. It’s good to be be a positive person, but when it comes to our Presidents, or Congress or the Senate for that ..... 
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Response to Greg David’s piece on Obamacare

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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By Jon Pieper Greg David’s recent commentary entitled “Obamacare will cost Minnesota’s schools $200 million” is based on inconclusive data from the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) office. There are 399 school districts in Minnesota. ..... 
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Notice

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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As 2014 is a mid-term election year, the Fillmore County Journal would like to remind both readers and contributors and potential future contributors of the commentary/letter to the editor policy that is in effect. Any party who submits and has a ..... 
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Why I still have faith in congress

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short. In angry diatribes or in resi ..... 
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Rep. Davids reviews 2014 legislative session

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL – On May 16, the Minnesota House of Representatives completed its business for the year and adjourned the 2014 legislative session. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said that one party legislative control h ..... 
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