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One Moment Please... A social disease


Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuzzy on the surface, connecting people with long lost friends and relatives, there is also a significant amount of social discourse that rivals that of The Jerry Springer Show.

What's inappropriate?

What some people say on Facebook absolutely blows my mind at times. I have witnessed accusations of adultery between a husband and wife spouting back and forth on their "walls." One changed their status from "married" to "single," and the other one changed their status to "it's complicated." Is this something that should be shared with everyone, and in this manner? I'm sure I am insulting someone who is reading this commentary right now, because I am talking about them. And, as empathetic as I usually attempt to be with all of our readers, I won't apologize for the lack of social graces discovered on Facebook on a regular basis. When in doubt, please don't post it on your wall.

A couple of weeks ago, I found out about a suicide that happened in our area and it was broadcast via Facebook. Is this very private situation that devastates a family something that should be broadcast at light speed to everyone in such a cold, tasteless manner?

I have heard about teenagers brutally bashing each other on Facebook and Twitter, recognized throughout our nation as a social media epidemic of our younger generations. This cyber-bullying has literally led to suicides and homicides.

Time that was once consumed in front of the "boob tube" has undoubtedly been replaced with time in front of a computer. Both of these pieces of technology have given the once prized nuclear family less and less of a reason to communicate on a personal level. Television has become a babysitter in many households and even daycares. It's a tragedy, in my opinion. Now we have our choice of two babysitters; the TV and the computer.

I recently posted a reader poll on www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, posing this question: With one out of five marriages ending in a divorce as a result of Facebook, do you consider FB good or bad for our society?

I offered two voting options: 1) Good, Facebook can't be blamed for divorces, or 2) Bad, Facebook disconnects people on a personal level. According to the way our online .....
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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Try to forget about gasoline price wars

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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As the prices for gasoline begin to creep toward the $4 per gallon mark, it appears that President Obama will get his wish for "gradual adjustment" to high gas prices.

When the truth is unveiled, citizens of this country are not adjusting in ..... 
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Bringing balance to our checkbook

Fri, May 13th, 2011
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Nearly a month ago Standard and Poors revised the outlook for the United States to negative from stable while reaffirming the triple A rating. The reason for the lower outlook on our country's debt is what the rating agency sees as an inability for ..... 
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Thankful Beyond Measure

Fri, May 13th, 2011
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For the past quarter century, Winona and southeastern Minnesota have given me tremendous gifts. When my husband Milt and I left the Navy in 1988, we found this quintessential Midwestern town along America's most beloved river. There was an opening a ..... 
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Keeping the memories - 5/9/11

Fri, May 6th, 2011
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This coming Memorial Day we are thankful for the men and women who are risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are especially thankful this week for the incredible bravery and risk taken by our Navy Seals.

Each Memorial Day brings to ..... 
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One Moment Please - Larson's Hardware, Valley Farm & Home

Fri, May 6th, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

I was afraid this was going to happen.

My cell phone rang on Monday, May 2, and the man on the other end said, "Hello, Jason, this is Joe Larson with Larson's Hardware ..... 
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The rich and poor

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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The rich and poor. Who are they? The stereotypic view is that the bottom 20 percent are an enduring and never-changing class who are often there through no fault of their own. As those at the top never change as well as the 60 percent in the middle. ..... 
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Senator Miller applauds Governor Dayton for signing Green Acres Reform

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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St. Paul - Senator Jeremy Miller's (R-Winona) legislation, intended to reform Minnesota's problematic Green Acres program, was signed into law by Governor Dayton Friday morning. The legislation, House File 12 (Senate File 222), is intended to protect ..... 
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