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Foreign policy Are we safe or sorry?


Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

It is important at this time to take a closer look at our foreign policy as to whether we, as a nation, are on a path to becoming a sanctuary against terrorism. The events of 9/11 are still looming in the background, and the attempted car bombing in Times Square still makes the news. Now, a current government report, which indicates of the 250,000 people who have crossed the border into Arizona were not all of Mexican descent, but were also from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan who arrived by way of South America then up through Mexcio to the United States. Hence, a discussion to judge if the interests of the United States are being protected seems in order.

The media portrays the Obama Administration as currently pursuing a policy that can accurately be described as neo-isolationist. Neo-isolationist, as defined, is a policy which is characterized by an unwillingness to be aggressive throughout the world defending our interests and friendly to our allies and countries that support us. This current policy can be traced back to the Democratic Party's 1972 presidential acceptance speech in which candidate George McGovern's theme was, "come home America," from Vietnam and all other places where United States troops were stationed. This attitude has prevailed and has dominated our thinking in liberal foreign policy up to the current time.

Consider our policy toward Iraq. The Obama Administration is determined to withdraw American forces based on a plan formulated at the end of the Bush Administration. This plan was to be carried through without any regard for the current military or political situation in that country. As American forces have pulled back from strategic positions in urban areas, violence has increased dramatically. It seems that the timetable for withdrawal is more important than the political stability of that country. This approach has left the United States interests in the entire Middle East suspect.

In Afghanistan, exactly where is our policy? Are we to transform the current government into a shining example of Western capitalism? Is our interest to make sure the Taliban and Al-Qaeda don't use Afghanistan as a base to launch terrorist attacks? The liberal viewpoint was once Iraq was a "bad" war and Afghanistan was a "good" war, but now the times have changed again to desire withdrawal and come home. President Obama is now faced with a political and military decision due to the consequences of what any decision will have .....
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Morse - Letter to the Editor

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Letter about MN leaders

I appreciate how Minnesota legislators and the governor came together this spring with a solution for providing medical care for the poorest adults in our state through the GAMC program. I know the plan was not perfect ..... 
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Ritchie - Letter to the Editor

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Letter about Protecting our Freedoms

Your piece called "Protecting our Freedoms" was inspiring and powerful. Thank you very much for this much needed perspective. If we knew more of our history and about the sacrifices made on our behalf we m ..... 
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Foreign policy

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

It is important at this time to take a closer look at our foreign policy as to whether we, as a nation, are on a path to becoming a sanctuary against terrorism. The events of 9/11 are still looming in the background, and the attempted car bombing in ..... 
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One Moment Please - Outsourcing to India?

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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

At least once a week, I receive a phone call from an "offshore outsourcing" company seeking to siphon money out of our local economy in various methods.

For exam ..... 
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If I were a Republican

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

If I were a Republican, I would be kicking walls and weeping.

When did the Grand Old Party give up on the voices of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Quie and Arnie Carlson and start singing along with the shrill cry of the nut bars on the far ..... 
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The definition of liberal

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

First, thanks John Goucher for your great article "Bigger is Not Always Better." Second, thank you Jerry Grehl for your letter to the editor, as well. Contrasting the two articles illustrates very clearly how out of touch with reality liberals are. ..... 
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One Moment Please - It could have been a lot worse

Fri, May 21st, 2010
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

On Wednesday, May 19, following my daughter's pre-school graduation ceremony at the Fillmore Central Elementary School gymnasium, I journeyed back to the office for a mo ..... 
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You're Angry? Fine. But channel it constructively

Fri, May 14th, 2010
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Everywhere you turn these days, you find someone insisting that Americans are fed up. They're angry at the White House, or at the government in general, or at politicians as a breed.

The fiery rallies and other signs of bubbling discontent s ..... 
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