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A moral duty


Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

In John, chapter 21, Jesus directs Peter (and all his followers) to "feed his sheep/lambs." We are very good at feeding ourselves; we super-size already outsized meals and throw away tons of uneaten, perfectly good food each day. If your refrigerator is like mine, good food gets lost and turns green. Yet, we sometimes criticize people who seek help getting enough food to eat, or we send them out-dated food from our pantries, thinking "beggars can't be choosers." We are not very good at following Jesus' command.

Yes, there are many influences in the world that may interfere with our intent to follow Jesus' orders - political, transport, storage, cultural. But we do have an opportunity right here in Fillmore County to help local folks who may have to choose among food, heat, and medicine. Yes, there are many hungry people here in our own county, a large proportion of them either children or the elderly. We do give money, preserved food, and garden produce to our food shelves. Currently there are four food shelves in Fillmore County: Spring Valley, Preston, Rushford, and Wycoff. If you look at your county map, you will notice that all four are located within the NW half. Residents of the SE area must drive, if they have a vehicle, and use $2.75-$3.00 a gallon gas, to get to one of these.

The churches and communities of Mabel and Canton are beginning the process of locating a food shelf in Mabel to serve this SE part of Fillmore County. A committee is already active; we have a few suggestions for location and some donations already. Our next meeting is June 21, 7:30, at Mabel First Lutheran. We welcome others who are interested in helping to join us.

Our first priority is to locate a suitable site for a facility in Mabel. It needs to be handicap accessible, private, and adequate in size, but not too large to heat and provide for electricity. There is some possible help available to modify, provide shelving, and such. We also need to formulate a statement of our purpose and mission vision to guide us in our service. When we have done these, the next step will be seeking help with the financing of stocking and maintaining the food shelf. We trust our caring community to come through.

I believe we have a moral imperative as Christians to help our neighbors, and to do it in such a way that they may feel cared for, and preserve their dignity. Providing help with the basic essential of food is a way to improve our communities and our .....
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Getting Your Priorities in Order

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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During this uplifting time with the eruption of spring and the vibrant new life that reliably comes with it, we can still look back and appreciate the past. Some of those structures that are in the winter of ..... 
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One Moment Please - 'Pay it forward' in Fillmore County could travel

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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The mother of a teenager walked into the Fillmore County Journal office on Monday, May 3, to place a "Thank You" line ad in recognition of a random act of kindness. The ..... 
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Senior Health reform

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

"A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is trying to put its pants on,"  Mark Twain.

Pundits and politicians are publicly decrying the vitriol and violent speech surrounding politics and especially the recently passed ..... 
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Bigger is not always better

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Unless you have been in a coma for the past 30 years, the size and scope of the federal government has gone through massive growth. This expansion in the 20th, and now the 21st, centuries goes far beyond what those who founded our government ever en ..... 
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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 i ..... 
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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
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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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