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Guest commentary-Freedoms


Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

There are five basic freedoms that people involved in humane livestock production are urged to practice. As a veterinarian, livestock producer, and meat eater, I certainly try to embrace these principals and would encourage others to do the same.

1. Freedom from hunger, thirst, and malnutrition - availability of a healthy diet.

2. Freedom from discomfort - a safe and comfortable environment.

3. Freedom from pain, injury, and disease - prevention and prompt treatment of disease, reasonable access to medical care.

4. Freedom to express normal behavior - a physical and social environment compatible with the evolutionary behavior of the species.

5. Freedom from fear and distress - conditions that avoid mental suffering.

While few people would argue against these basic animal welfare concepts, this does however beg a question. When will our hearts grow so tender or our sense of justice so acute we demand these same freedoms for all people? Shouldn't we treat each other at least as well as a good farmer treats his livestock?

Because human's particular evolutionary adaptation to survival is a curious nature combined with the capability of reason, I would suggest a 6th freedom for human beings, "freedom from ignorance". This would imply universal access to a free, high quality, public education. This should include higher education for those who are interested, capable, and willing to apply themselves (perhaps in exchange for a couple of years of public service). That education should emphasize critical thinking and questioning of our dogma as well as the basic skills such as the 3Rs, science, history, art, etc. Teaching to a test is antithetical to critical thinking; perhaps that is why our business and political leaders have so much interest in it. As Thomas Jefferson saw, critical thinking and questioning various dogmas as developed through public education is essential to being a good citizen, especially in a democracy.

We will never grow compassionate enough or just enough to demand these freedoms for all people until we quit reinforcing the idea that "we" are different from "them". We all do better, when we all do better.

Stormy Weather

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A ruby-throated hummingbird whizzed past us. An eastern wood-pewee called and a rose-breasted grosbeak sang variations of his song never stopping to take a breath. We saw a few warblers,

indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and other species. I ..... 
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One moment, please... You wouldn't D.A.R.E.?

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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Online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, I often post reader polls for you, our readers, to cast your vote on a variety of subjects.

The results of a recent onli ..... 
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Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time aft ..... 
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One moment, please... Standing out in a crowd, 6/6/11

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Ya know, I never realized how invaluable a small school learning environment was until I lived here.

Yes, my graduating class was 472 students, so I have a very ..... 
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Thanks for the memories....

Fri, May 27th, 2011
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Many of you are probably old enough to recognize the title as Bob Hope's theme song. The rest of you are thinking, "Bob who?" Well, I am old enough to not only remember Bob Hope but to have learned how to type on a manual typewriter, play 50's music ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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Try to forget about gasoline price wars

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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As the prices for gasoline begin to creep toward the $4 per gallon mark, it appears that President Obama will get his wish for "gradual adjustment" to high gas prices.

When the truth is unveiled, citizens of this country are not adjusting in ..... 
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