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One Moment, Please...Dems & Reps: Please kiss and make up


Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Last Monday, I received an e-mail from an individual questioning the developments leading to two Letters to the Editor running in the August 31 Fillmore County Journal. One letter was from Robert L. Sauers questioning the content of Greg Davids' health care survey. The other letter in question was from State Representative Greg Davids, which was in response to Robert L. Sauers' letter. So, essentially, there was a letter from Sauers and an immediate response from Davids to rebutt those statements.

The person e-mailing me, whom I know for a fact is a supporter of the local Democratic Party, was questioning why I would contact Greg Davids to give him a heads up about Robert L. Sauers' letter -- asserting that I was giving Davids an "advantage" so he could write a response and have it run at the same time as Sauers' letter.

Then, on Tuesday, I received a phone call from an individual concerned about a Letter to the Editor from Jerry Grehl referring to State Representative Greg Davids as a "wingnut" and "anti-American."

This person was appalled to see that I would allow this in the newspaper -- and I know for a fact this person is a die-hard Republican.

First off, I consider it a compliment that we are getting badgered from both sides of the fence. That means we are at least attempting to demonstrate impartiality.

Now, I'll try my best to address the concerns of the person who e-mailed me about allowing the two letters to run concurrently, since others may have similar thoughts.

Robert L. Sauers sent his letter to Greg Davids early in the week, at the same time he sent that same letter to the Fillmore County Journal. Then, unexpectedly, we received a Letter to the Editor from Greg Davids responding to that Letter to the Editor we had just received from Robert L. Sauers. It was kind of an odd situation that almost never happens.

Within our office, we debated whether to run both letters together because we were concerned it may create confusion with readers, and possibly lead to the natural assumption asserted by the person who e-mailed me -- thinking we gave Davids a heads up on the letter coming in from Sauers.

If I could do it all over again, so I could avoid taking up this space to discuss the issue, I would have run Sauers' letter first and then Davids' letter the following week. It's apparent there is a feeling of mistrust from this particular reader, thinking we are keeping Davids on the insi .....
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Maybe next century

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I am ready to promise you, no more conversation about health care. Have you ever attended a dinner party where one fool stands up and says something so outrageous on a topic that the room goes silent until some gracious aunt clears her throat and re ..... 
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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One Moment, Please...S.A.D.D. changes

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

My late grandmother Mary Jane Sethre always said "If you don't learn something new each day, then you have wasted that day."

Well, I learned something new last Thursday.

Vicki Eide contacted me about the Fillmore Central Activity Day ..... 
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Eminent domain authority, when and why?

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The use of eminent domain has a history back into the times of feudalism. It is based on a doctrine which allows a sovereign state dominion over all land within its borders. When our forefathers penned the Constitution of the United States, it was a ..... 
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One Moment, Please...How full is our cup?

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

In a recent story coming from a Rochester-based media company, Cummins, a North American filter assembly operation located in Lake Mills, Iowa, will layoff 400 employees as part of a transition of operations to San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Obvio ..... 
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One Moment, Please... MCA testing, bullying and our educators

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

First, I would like to congratulate two area high school students who were the ONLY two students who applied for the Fillmore County Journal scholarships offered in conjunction with the Journal Writing Project for the 2009-2010 school year. The appl ..... 
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One Moment, Please...The Economy - Part 3

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

During the past few weeks in this trilogy of my unsolicited rhetoric, I am concluding with a reference to healthcare reform. Yes, I've saved the best for last. Well, I'm not sure if it's the best, but it is certainly the most contentious.

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Fear is their only weapon

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I concluded sometime ago we do not send our best and brightest to either Washington or St. Paul. Health care reform debate confirms there are many villages in America that are not missing their village idiot because the voters in the villages keep s ..... 
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