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Justice for all


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary



Makeda and I met when we worked together at Donaldson’s department store in the seventies. I sold pictures and handled custom framing. Makeda was the lamp lady. She was in to being a Muslim at the time. She was thirty-five, slender and wore turbans or head scarves, long sleeve blouses and ankle length skirts. We shared an appreciation for the absurdities in life. Our days were filled with laughter.

In a more serious moment, over a cup of tea in my kitchen, she confided to me that she and her husband Mike were thinking of going to Africa. At the time there was a growing desire among black Americans to explore their history. The search that took them to Africa was about finding their personal identity: they hoped to find themselves by connecting to the past. I cautioned Makeda, “If you go to Africa you may find that you are more American than you are black!”

At that point the question suddenly came into focus and enlarged in my mind “What does it mean to be an American?” The answer resounded like cymbals crashing in my consciousness. The words “Justice for All” were superimposed over the screen in my mind. I realized in that moment that the underlying force in my life was the pursuit of truth and justice.

Recently I was deeply shocked to discover that there are thirty-seven states in our country that have “private” prisons: “prisons for profit”! Running a prison for “profit” is not compatible with the pursuit of “justice”. It is a total betrayal of all we believe, all we stand for as Americans. How did this happen?

Democracy is not a spectator sport. We, the citizens, are guardians of the future. Our first task is to be informed, to dig for the truth that is hidden under the rhetoric. It is popular to criticize the President and to blame congress for the lack of progress in solving our country’s problems. Members of congress didn’t zoom in from outer space. We voted them into office. “We” are to blame for the gridlock in Washington!

“The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work, lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce” ( Vicky Pelaez – Global research) further “The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and its investors are on wa .....
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One Moment, Please... Why can’t we grow?

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

If you visit the website http://www.census.gov/popclock/, you can watch our United States population clock grow based on three interesting variables. There is one birth every eight seconds, one deat ..... 
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One Moment, Please... 841 names and faces

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Each week, when we lay out the newspaper, the standing joke in the Journal office is that I always say, “This is going to be a good looking paper.” I can’t help it. I get excited! And, this reference relates to the fact that we have a lot ..... 
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Correction - Feb. 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal "Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro."

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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In the February 16 edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the article titled Area residents will ‘drop line’ in Lanesboro. The story about the Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament indicated that Jim and Becky Iverson were spons ..... 
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With the budget, the President calls the shots

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. This is the ..... 
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New sanctions sabotage negotiations and risk war

By Robert K. Johnson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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In 2006 Bibi Netanyahu told the Jewish community in Los Angeles, “it’s 1938 and Iran is Germany...racing to arm itself with atomic bombs”, recalls Patrick J. Buchanan, a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, Inc. in an arti ..... 
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Town of Harmony situation

By Cody Hendrickson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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When I look at all the comments pertaining to the parking situation behind the high school, the so-called disruption of public with the band, and all the other comments I become sick to my stomach. Is that seriously the main thing you have to compla ..... 
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Small towns vs. big boxes

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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I went to high school in Mabel: Cougar Class of 2003. Back then, you could go downtown and get a burger at two or three places, or maybe grab a soda at the former IGA. I distinctly remember my friends and I grabbing marked-down-for-quick-sale quart ..... 
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STANDING GUARD: Tax reform, funding for school maintenance, and mandatory buffer strips

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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These issues may appear unrelated, but in reality they are inextricably linked here in Minn. and affect us all in ways some of us seldom think about. Paying for education in Minn. amounts to about half of the annual State General Fund spending, ..... 
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