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Unbelievers and their faith


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It is remarkable how many things there are advertised and available to supposedly increase our lifespan and to make us thinner, happier, and have a better quality of life ad infinitum. Like most people my age, I take a few things that are supposed to be good for me. Multivitamins, Vitamin C, and a little more.

But I haven’t a clue about the purported efficacy of the overwhelming number of all of the products in the health sections of our supermarkets, groceries, or superstores. What is available is really amazing.

How many of them will make us live longer healthier lives? I have no idea but there are certainly many people trying to prolong, maintain, or even improve their lives through diet, exercise, and chemistry. Let us assume that whatever you take allows you to live five extra years.

Let us also assume that you are an atheist and instead of dying when you are 80, you will die at 85. Will it be worth it for you? I ask that because it seems to me that being old and an atheist would be grim.

Not long ago, an older person writing to an “advice” columnist, wondered why he was so full of remorse for what he did or did not do with his life. He asked what he should do since he was overwhelmed and crippled by regret.

I wondered what words of comfort she could give him since, for atheists, this life is all there is and most of it was behind him. She gave him some nice rah, rah words but I don’t think they did much good.

I could be wrong but I suspect that many atheists end up being remorseful and bitter towards the end of their days. They have only the past to comfort them as there is supposedly nothing in the future. And if their lives were lives not well-lived, then how sad their last days must be. Devoid of satisfaction and devoid of hope.

As a Christian, to think of the desolation that must be in many of their lives overwhelms me. It just hurts to think about it. And I have to pray for them. Christians don’t or shouldn’t come to the end of lives with anything but gladness and confidence in the future. And we want that for everyone.

Regrets? Oh sure, we might have a few. I certainly do but we also know that in the long run of eternity, none of the things we have done on earth are meaningful except for our worship of God and commitment to our Christian faith.

Typically, therefore, most Christians, even at the ends of .....
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Rebuttal to Herb Panko’s guest commentary

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

I wish to express my appreciation for the commentary submitted by Herb Panko in the 12/29/31 FCJ. With his typical personal attacks and predictable references to the decades old accomplishments of his chosen party, Mr. Panko could save his origi ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Take an interest in your history

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

With the recent retirement of Sheriff Jensen, and the introduction of Sheriff Kaase into his new role with Fillmore County, I was curious how many Sheriffs had served this great county. So, I contacted Debra Richardson, the Executive Director of ..... 
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The energy boom in America: Who gets the credit?

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

“Great Depression” of the 1930’s. These years have been terribly painful for millions of Americans, and according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the recovery has been slower and more anemic by far than the average of the ..... 
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The energy boom in America: Who gets the credit?

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

“Great Depression” of the 1930’s. These years have been terribly painful for millions of Americans, and according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the recovery has been slower and more anemic by far than the average of the ..... 
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The joy of giving

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I opened my mailbox Saturday, December 6, “when what to my wondering eyes appeared” a small cardboard box six by eight inches resting on my copy of the Journal with the picture of “the” Moose on the front page. When I came into the hou ..... 
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All I want for Christmas

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
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In the spirit of making lists and checking them twice, I’ve decided to come up with a list of my own: what I want for Christmas and for the New Year. And what we at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) are doing to make this happen. ..... 
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Now it’s time to focus on growing the economy

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an int ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to “the true victims of the nanny state: unintended consequences of liberal policies”

By Herb Panko

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

What Jeff Erding tries to pass off as a factual rant in his latest article in the FCJ is in actuality largely fiction. It is freighted with all the usual talking points of conservative Right Wingers. For those of you who may have missed his failed ..... 
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