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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!


By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary



When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are something I am thinking about again with the Peterson sidewalk issue.

I’ve had several back surgeries and I have troubled standing on my legs for very long. I can walk directly from one place to the next if it’s a short distance, but ask me to stand and talk to you and I can’t because of pain. That effects shopping, too. I have to use a motorized scooter or my walker often, which I call my portable chair.

I worry about falling on slippery streets during the winter, or tripping over a large chunk of sidewalk sticking up in Peterson. Many seniors worry about this too. About 10 people have reported falls in Peterson over the last couple of years. It was speaking up about the falls in our city and stating concern about walking on icy streets during the winter because of un-shoveled or removed sidewalks that started this sidewalk debate in Peterson.

The city is required to follow the American’s with Disabilities Act. All public entities, regardless of size, must comply with Title II’s requirements. 28 C.F.R. 35.104 (ada.gov). Whenever a city builds or alters an existing facility (sidewalks included), the city is required to make it handicap accessible. All city programs, services and facilities are required to be made accessible and kept in working order. In 1993, Congress ordered ALL cities to do a self-evaluation to become ADA compliant and Congress has stated that sidewalks fall under the ADA. City’s have had 25 years now to become compliant. Isn’t that long enough?

I have discovered that making things accessible to disabled people is not popular. It appears that it is more popular to keep them inaccessible to people with mobility issues. In fact, if eight households petition to keep sidewalks off their street, everyone with disabilities loses out. That means the disabled, seniors and children have to walk down a 10-ton highway with semi tractors and farm equipment in order to get to the trail, school, church, the park or even downtown to buy an ice cream cone. This in fact, is more popular than doing the right thing. I’m just checking here… this is 2015 correct?

Let’s change the color of this story, literally. If .....
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It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Erding is good for a laugh

By Mark Gusa

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

I finally had to write. After reading Mr. Erding for many months I had to reply. I read his commentary to get my daily or weekly laugh like I do when listening to Sean Hannity on the radio every night on the way home. They both cherry pick facts a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Erding’s rebuttal

By Herb Panko

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

I generally do not respond to rebuttals to my articles as I feel that such replies are of little value. However, in this particular instance I am making an exception, since Jeff Erding sardonically invites me to do so at the end of his rebuttal ..... 
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Results of the Harmony Community Chest 2014 charity drive

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Commentary

The 2014 Harmony Community Chest Drive has been completed. A total of $5,300 was collected via solicitation mailings. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the door-to-door campaign was not conducted this year, so the total collected is down from 2013 an ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Thanks to Bruce

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

You may have recently heard that Bruce Fishbaugher was retiring from his long-time leadership role with KFIL Radio in Preston. Well, he’s not completely retiring. He’s going to continue to help the station with advertising sales. While peop ..... 
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Sweet home Minnesota

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Greetings and salutations from Hokah! Yes, that’s right: after two years of struggling and trying to persuade Sarah to move, we closed on a house in Hokah less than a week after the birth of our darling baby girl. After a housing deal fell thro ..... 
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Fillmore County residents are lottery winners

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Commentary

Jeffrey Leibold of Spring Valley won $25,000 by playing the Lottery’s Cash Storm scratch game. Leibold claimed the prize on Jan. 2, 2015. The winning ticket was purchased at Sunshine Foods, 501 N. Park Drive in Spring Valley. Eileen Schansberg o ..... 
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Fillmore County residents are lottery winners

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

Jeffrey Leibold of Spring Valley won $25,000 by playing the Lottery’s Cash Storm scratch game. Leibold claimed the prize on Jan. 2, 2015. The winning ticket was purchased at Sunshine Foods, 501 N. Park Drive in Spring Valley. Eileen Schansberg o ..... 
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