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One Moment Please - What is important?


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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I'm stepping back from making any political statements this week. Instead I'm sharing my thoughts on what I feel is most important in all of our lives: family.

On the evening of Thursday, February 11, Tonya Keim organized the first annual father-daughter dance, offering an opportunity for fathers to take their daughters out for dinner and dancing at the Preston Elementary School. As I talked to people around Preston about the upcoming event, I quickly realized this wasn't a casual affair. Fathers were going to take a moment out of their busy schedules to make their daughters feel special. This was a big deal for me, as well as other fathers, I'm sure.

This one event made me think about how important my family is to me, and how I need to step back for a moment and reprioritize. I need these humbling moments to wake me up sometimes. It's quite often that what I perceive to be a healthy obsession with my work takes me away from being a good family man. I'm not asking for sympathy. I'm actually hoping another father who struggles with the same lack of balance will read this, relate and react. I know I need to be reminded on a regular basis.

Dating back to my early 20's, I developed a habit of letting my career aspirations and accomplishments define how I felt about my success in life. I worked hard and always have, to a fault, just like my father. You know that song "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin? The song in which the father is too busy working all the time that he never has time to spend with his son, and later in life that same father sees his adult son falling into the same trap. That's how I see myself quite often, loaded with guilt.

I know I'm not alone. There are a lot of hard-working mothers and fathers. I am especially amazed at the single parents who have so much on their plates; I don't know how they manage.

The Main Event

Knowing that this father-daughter dance was a special moment for me to show my daughter how important she was in my life, I knew I had to make this extra special.

I stopped by Preston Floral and talked to Rita about the event, purchasing a teddy bear for my daughter. Rita proceeded to tell me she heard this was going to be a big event, with many fathers coming into purchase flowers for their daughters. Now the pressure was mounting.

I recalled meeting Todd Jones, owner of the True .....
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How about some common sense

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Imagine that you've legally parked your car on a city street. When you return, a stack of traffic citations rests on the windshield even though your tires are in the lines and your meter shows time remaining. You have been fined because other parked ..... 
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Pick Your Heroes

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

l Graham Nash wrote a song in about 1970, and I hope he won't sue me for sharing a few lines:

Teach your children well/Their fathers hell/will slowly go by.

And feed them on your dreams/the one they pick's/the one you'll know by.
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What Makes A Good Politician

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Members of Congress play a central role in our lives. They shape our health-care system, make crucial decisions about the U.S. economy, and represent the hopes and interests of every American in Washington. Given this fact, I'm always surprised that ..... 
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How To Be A Better Lover?

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 19:19 NIV

Many think of love as something that comes easy. Usually it is because people misunderstand the term "love." To be a really loving person can be challenging. Can you think of a command in th ..... 
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The Cause of the Recession

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The root cause of our recession is very simple. Government and politicians created this mess. Not the market system, not greed, not a misalignment of the stars and planets, not even a conspiracy of big bankers, industrialists, or trivial Hollywood a ..... 
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One Moment Please

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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With this issue of the Fillmore County Journal, officially the one year anniversary since my wife and I purchased the newspaper in 2009, we have received overwhelming fe ..... 
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When it comes to Atrazine, farmers & rural communities deserve a science-driven review

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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During the past half-century, atrazine has become one of the most widely used herbicides in Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest. Unfortunately, it is also top of the list in another category: it is the most commonly detected pesticide in our state ..... 
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A glass half full for 2010, a way forward

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

As we begin a new year and a new decade, we should reflect on the past and move forward. It is hard to imagine what the next year could bring and impossible to imagine how the next ten years could impact our lives. We do have the tools to look back ..... 
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