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A New Year's resolution for politicians


Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The last few years have been especially tough for many and for the country as a whole. I don't know if the last decade has yet been named, but "turbulent" would sum it up. We have endured two wars, 9/11 and the worst recession in history.

The future of our country is in the hands of two very powerful political entities that are controlled by their extreme wings, the Democrats and the Republicans. Politicians that are members of these two parties are often more driven by the survival of their particular party and the strength of their ideology than by the future of the country or the state. Federal and state politicians need to step back and look at local government which is not run under the strong and often coercive arms of political parties. As a result, local government entities seem to have the best interests of their citizenry at the forefront and provide more efficient and effective government. Local elected government politicians run for a non-partisan office and don't need to toe the party line for their endorsement.

With a DFL governor and a Republican legislature, Minnesota state politicians are going to have to work together to resolve the budgeting difficulties resulting from a recently forecasted $6.2 billion shortfall for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. For the most part each party campaigned with pie in the sky rhetoric that is not going to fly in the real world of divided government.

The same goes at the federal level where the country faces a ballooning debt which is unsustainable. The gross national debt is nearly $14 trillion of which about $9.3 trillion is held by the public and about $4.6 trillion is intragovernmental debt. Public debt is the federal debt the government borrows from private credit markets. Intragovernmental debt includes the Medicare Trust Fund, the Social Security Trust Fund and Federal Financing Bank securities. Interest on the debt is the fourth largest budgeted item and about 50 percent of this interest is paid to foreign governments. The amount of interest will certainly increase as interest rates increase.

If the economy continues to improve, so will government revenues, but not nearly enough. Congress and the president will be forced to work together before summer when the current national debt will be bumping up against the current debt ceiling of $14 trillion 294 billion, a number so large that is hard to comprehend. That last debt ceiling was established in February of 2010. As .....
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One Moment Please - Constant reminders are important

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

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Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Eunice Biel

Former Minnesota state Senator and Murdock area farmer David Frederickson

will become the new Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture when Mark Dayton

becomes the s ..... 
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Bullying has been around for awhile

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Peterson, MN

I asked a person employed by the Lanesboro school district, "What's going on with all the bullying?" He said it goes on in all schools way back from the time Moses came down from the mountain. I said I didn't think so, but remembe ..... 
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Conservative or Liberal?

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Col Stan Gudmundson, USAF (Ret)

If any of the following positions were part of a political platform, would they belong to a conservative or a liberal party?

- "All citizens must have equal rights and obligations."

- "The firs ..... 
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Clarification relating to December 20th Journal

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Phone: 507-251-5297

jsethre@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The following information is a clarification of articles and letters published in the December 20, 2010 Fillmore County Journal.

First, we apologize for an error in referenc ..... 
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Fixing Social Security

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Last time I ended my remarks promising to tell you about various ways to "fix" Social Security (SS). I am going to renege on that promise.

Firstly, SS is not broken, broke or even bent badly. It doesn't need complicated fixing. It has a larg ..... 
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One Moment Please - I grew up saying "Merry Christmas!"

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

It's interesting to see how much our traditions of the past continue to change as our young nation evolves.

I remember growing up with a Christmas tree in our classroo ..... 
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Concerned mother speaks out

Fri, Dec 10th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

My name is Karen Neneman. My husband (Terry) and I have come to speak on behalf of our daughter Sabrina.

As I am sure you all know, Terry and I took Sabrina out of Lanesboro School on November 5, because of bullying issues.

We have m ..... 
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