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One Moment Please - The next election


Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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As July creeps by in the unassuming resemblance of a mid-summer nights dream, politicians plot and plan like General Petreaus on a victory voyage scheduled for an early November Thanksgiving feast.

Looking ahead to this next election, it's sure to be another interesting test of our nation's fate.

Which way will the pendulum swing?

Do people feel like the economy is moving in the right direction?

How do people feel about the passage of a health care reform bill?

Americans have lots of questions they will contemplate when they cast their votes in the November election.

To equip our readers with a healthy dose of information about the candidates, the Journal will be conducting interviews for positions such as governor, congressman, state senator, state representative and county commissioner.

From my perspective, I don't hold any allegiance to a particular party. Instead I evaluate the candidates based on experience, track record, character and their level of commitment to the people of Fillmore County.

We have so many great possibilities developing in every corner of Fillmore County and we need support from our legislators to make these dreams become a reality.

Rushford is continually building a platform for nanotechnology with RINTek, while also seeking to harness tourism from another angle -- snowmobiles. Lanesboro continues to thrive with organizations like Lanesboro Local and the world-famous Commonweal Theatre Company. Preston has discovered an evolving treasure recognized as the National Trout Learning Center. Chatfield is continually striving to build support for the Potter Auditorium. Spring Valley is seeking to expand their bike trail system while also investing in economic development with their industrial park. Harmony is stimulating their economy with new restaurants and shops in the downtown marketplace while also experiencing growth and development in their industrial park. Whether you're passing through Canton, Mabel, Wykoff, Whalan, Peterson, Fountain, Rushford Village, or Ostrander, and all points in between, there is no community in Fillmore County sitting on their hands. A changing economy, I think, has actually pushed us to instinctively conduct a S.W.O.T. analysis, assessing our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. But, with all of our initiative, we still need support from .....
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Congressional hearings are not about the witness

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Even before Tony Hayward, the embattled CEO of BP, appeared in front of a House investigative subcommittee on June 17, everyone knew why he was there. It was not to apologize for the Gulf oil spill or to explain his company's behavior - though all o ..... 
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Who's to blame for the oil spill?

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

rsauer@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The gulf oil spill disaster has too many parents to do DNA testing to sort it all out. It is tragic, not just for the poor people in the Gulf States, for the whole country. Assigning blame has sucked all the a ..... 
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Each of us can help sooth The beast threatening our economic future

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

Ever rising health care costs and an aging population are driving so-called "entitlement" program expenses through the roof, growing much faster than even a robust economy. Over the past decade the cost of t ..... 
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It's tough to give Americans what they want

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

The Gulf oil spill has laid bare a series of shortcomings in the government's ability both to prevent and to respond to such a crisis, and the result is spiraling public frustration. But it might not hurt for members of the public to save a little o ..... 
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Online article comments at fillmorecountyjournal.com

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

All online comments are unedited and presented as published by the original author.

In response to a commentary titled: Catastrophe, published in the Journal on June 28, 2010

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Article comment by: Fr ..... 
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Catastrophe - 6/28/10

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Imagine thousands of barrels of oil day after day gushing out of a Fillmore County field and spreading across our agricultural land, through our grasslands and forests and into our springfed streams. Property values plummet, businesses close, jobs a ..... 
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There is no substitute for robust oversight

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, it seems like every day brings new word of some calamitous failing at the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency charged with regulating offshore oil drilling. There's an inspector-general's report citing ..... 
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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 ..... 
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