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One Moment Please - Saving Lives


Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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To the right, you'll see a press release issued by the Minnesota Department of Safety Commissioner, Michael Campion, to all of the media in the State of Minnesota.

When I first received this press release, I felt as though Mr. Campion was insinuating or even directly targeting our local law enforcement -- indicating that they could do better.

Really?

Is a blanketed statement about the concern for protection of local residents, including our youth, not a regular concern for our city police departments and Sheriff's Department?

And, is it entirely their responsibility?

I believe our local officers who live among us are just as concerned about our well-being as we are. In some regards, they are like family. I felt like this memorandum was an attack on the integrity of our local law enforcement, as if they weren't diligent in their efforts.

Well, I realized Mr. Campion had a bureaucratic responsibility to initiate a communication with hopes of stimulating a heightened level of awareness among local law enforcement.

Of course, my immediate point of reference was with the recent Altura vehicular accident involving the tragic death of three teenagers, ages 13, 14 and 16 -- all of Lewiston. A fourth girl, and possibly a key witness to many pieces of the puzzle, Cydney Maker is in serious condition at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Over the years, I've worked with people who have lost their young teenage son or daughter as a result of similar circumstances. I even recall a neighboring family in Rochester down the street from my parents' home with a 14-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son, and how much the entire family's life changed with the loss of their daughter at the hands of a high rate of speed and loose gravel just on the outskirts of Rochester.

While there will continue to be a lot of speculation on what happened on Winona County Road 27 near Altura, it won't change the permanence of what these families are going through.

And, unfortunately, while it would be great if a memo from Mr. Campion would be enough to make a difference, these events continue to become sobering reminders of how quickly and painfully our lives can change.

I never know what to say in these situations. As a father, my heart goes out to these families.

Taxes and policy

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

According to the Tax Policy Center of the Brookings Institute, in 2008 individual income tax accounted for 45 percent of the total revenue of the federal government; 36 percent came from payroll taxes, 12 percent from corporate income taxes, and the ..... 
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Spring in Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

A sound reaches my ear as of someone stepping through or wheeling a bicycle through the dry leaves from last fall. The sounds among all the birdsong along the Harmony / Preston Valley Trail is barely significant enough for me to turn and look, but I ..... 
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Values in our skyline

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

What if you could learn more about our community values just by standing quietly in one place for a few minutes? It may seem too simple to work, but it did for me. Here's why.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend about small town val ..... 
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Online article comments from fillmorecountyjournal.com

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Sauer MD - Letter to the Editor

"good response. as always, a cogent and well presented rebuttal to a garbled and histrionic argument. good job." - Beadrin Youngdahl

Corporations and democracy

"Neil, good to hear your voice in p ..... 
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One moment, please... Universal health care and social security

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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As I visit with people throughout Fillmore County, I get mixed reviews about the passage of the health care reform bill.

More often than not I hear concerns for ..... 
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Corporations and democracy

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Historians indicate that the Roman Empire fell in 476 A. D. and left in its wake untold devastation and political chaos.

Likewise, The United States of America, as a democracy, ceased to exist on December 12th of the year 2000, when five Rep ..... 
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The Mess Our Politicians Created

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Bobbie Sauer, Sr.'s, response to my last letter was in many respects accurate and factual. But, to define why this recession occurred and to assign blame where it belongs, it was completely useless. My "shoddy historical basis" is, in fact, incomplet ..... 
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Who should solve the health care problem?

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Currently, all of the political minds in Congress are of the same mindset that health care reform is needed. Everyone understands that health care in our country has grown needlessly expensive, and that some who want coverage cannot afford it. The o ..... 
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