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Grown-up in the room


Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Lewiston-Altura Schools are in a legal battle regarding bullying. They are not unique. Bullying is an issue in every school hallway and lunchroom and, for that matter, every workplace. I want to apologize, however, for how prevalent this has become.

I am not a bully. I never was a bully being the skinniest, shyest kid in my school, who could I boss around? I will take some responsibility, though, because I was part of a generation that wore pins saying "Question Authority." This is not an unusual posture for teens and young adults but we made it a battle cry. Further, we grew up to carry this message to our kids. They carried it to their kids. Schools have now gone from being places with desks in straight rows, no running in the halls, lining up in alphabetical order and no whispering or passing notes in class to something akin to those blow up bouncy park features where removing your shoes is required. I apologize because we can't go back and tell them to respect authority after having told them they were free to be themselves, express themselves and should never be oppressed.

I would not advocate for a return to the days of teachers slapping knuckles with rulers or principals with paddles in the office. Corporal punishment should not be revisited. Nobody should confuse authority with blind power. It should be okay for anyone to ask for the reason and logic behind a rule or a policy. Just being "big" should not make one feel entitled to be a tyrant.

But, but, but-we all see tired moms and dads, negotiating helplessly with tired toddlers in Target, and the whining award can be given to the adults. Kids watch Bart Simpson deliver fabulously written insults directed at his parents, teachers, and any adult he encounters. Note to parents: Just 'cause it's a cartoon, does not mean it's appropriate for children. Disney channel presents programs that should offend parental sensibilities with the same power as pornography. My granddaughter was watching one here that had a plot wherein all the girls in a jr high were chanting, "We hate (whomever the lucky girl was)." I saw this and made her watch old episodes of Will and Grace with me. I prefer she laugh at the complications of a gay man in NYC to a jr high gang of rabid girls anyday.

When parents took up the flag of defending their kids from all authority figures, we handed the keys to the inmates. Now, we have a culture of children demanding expensive toys from parents just bec .....
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Find the center ground

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Every ten years as provided for in the US Constitution the Census Bureau gathers data which will be used to determine how many of the 435 US representatives each state will have. Next year the 2010 census data will be gathered and provided to the st ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Volunteer emergency response

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

If you listen to a scanner on a regular basis, you probably heard a variety of ambulance and fire department dispatches this past week in the area ..... 
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Members of congress need to travel

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Spooked by the public outcry, the House of Representatives has cancelled its order for four new military jet aircraft that would have been used occasionally to ferry members of Congress around the world. Even so, you shouldn't expect for a minute th ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Pride in heritage

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

Pictured above is the Preston High School Class of 1949, celebrating their 60th year reunion. I actually had a chance to join them at the Branding ..... 
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Hijacked

Fri, Sep 25th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." Robert Kennedy

It's time for all of us to take a step ..... 
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Limits of growth

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Yellows, reds, blues and their accompanying greens enticed us on a walk before entering the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The colors were of flowers in yards, sometimes encompassing entire yards, sometimes in the company of trees, shrubs and vegetab ..... 
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One Moment, Please... State testing

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

In the past couple of months, our newspaper has dedicated research and pages to report the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test results for all Fillmore County schools. Education is of utmost importance to me for the sake of our future ..... 
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An ode to cows

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I have lived and worked with cows my entire life; in fact I would go so far as to say that cows have always controlled my life and my family. I don't know what it would be like to be without our cows. I grew up on a dairy farm and taking care of the ..... 
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