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Throw us a bone


Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen

Yes, it’s time once again for me to talk about those confusing young whippersnappers born between 1981 and the year 2000. I know it seems like I harp on this a lot, but as an unofficial representative from this age group, I figure I might as well write what I know. So fire up your iPhones and get ready to totally, like, LOL, because we’re going in.

This time, we’ll talk about Millennials in the workplace…or not, as the case often is. Yes, while it’s not quite as bad as some other countries (The pain in Spain stays mainly between 50-60 percent for youth unemployment) we still have significant numbers of unemployment and, most crucially, underemployment for America’s youth.

If we run the numbers, May 2013 clocked in at 3.2 million unemployed, which is about 3 percent of the total population and hovering around 30 percent for the age group. For reference, unemployment rates for the whole country never got above 25 percent during the Great Depression. There are several thoughts as to why this is the case, from both sides of the aisle, but it is what it is. Teenagers can’t get those classic teenager jobs, and twenty-somethings are begging for them. Situations like this make people frustrated, maybe even angry, but let’s take a quick look inside the mind of your average Millennial and see how it all breaks down.

There is a lot of ire, and some well-deserved criticism, about how the Millennials were raised in the “everybody gets a trophy” environment. As such, I’ve heard a lot leveled at me and my own that we expect too much too fast, and that we have far too much of a sense of entitlement. While that is certainly true in some cases, I think there is a far more difficult answer to this phenomenon in others.

Humans can be fairly simple animals. We like to be rewarded; it makes us feel good. We like to be told when we do something right, and often get something for our hard work. It is what we heard all the time growing up: work hard, pay your dues, study, keep your nose clean, and you’ll get rewarded. With that, of course, came the other side of the argument: slack off, get in trouble, fail out of school, and you will be punished. It’s a fairly simple setup, and possibly the sort of setup that formed a foundation of this country. Generations prior expected that there would be room for advancement and earning potential at whatever job they took, and if th .....
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Guest Commentary: David Williams

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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By MonicaRuth and Robert Hatch, Lanesboro, MN Even without reading the news article attacking David Williams, the reflective responses to it compel us to elevate resolving life issues less toxically and more harmoniously, especially as they affect ..... 
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What congress needs to do about the NSA

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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By Lee H. Hamilton Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA. It’s hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it’s a desperately ne ..... 
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One Moment, Please... War wounds

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com It was a sobering experience. An opportunity to reflect on our past and our present. Attending the “Return of the Sword” ceremony on Satu ..... 
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The folly of a rigid ideology

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
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By Karen Reisner Members of the Tea Party have become so inflexible and blinded by their own rigid ideology that they have become divorced from reality. They are putting the furtherance of their ideology ahead of the future of the Republican Party ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Houston County Planning Commission

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
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By Drue Fergison The question of term limits for members of Houston County’s Planning Commission has become rather contentious in recent weeks. Things began to heat up this summer, when various issues – Schroeders and Omodt-Crow come to mind ..... 
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Mr. Williams

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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By E. Frances Sauer Preston, MN 55965 In the ten (plus) years that I have known Mr. Williams I have witnessed him, willingly, share his organizational skills, planning strategies and his common sense perspective with non-profit organizations. Not ..... 
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Syrian objectives

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson Is Obama considering attacking Syria because a precedent has been set in the use of chemical weapons? If this is the case then, unfortunately, the precedent has already been set. Saddam Hussein used chemical agents more than once ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Lifelong education

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com By now, a fleet of students have descended upon college campuses throughout America. And, when I say “fleet,” I’m serious. According to ..... 
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