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One Moment, Please... MCA testing, bullying and our educators


Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

First, I would like to congratulate two area high school students who were the ONLY two students who applied for the Fillmore County Journal scholarships offered in conjunction with the Journal Writing Project for the 2009-2010 school year. The application deadline was July 31, 2009, and eligible students were required to submit a written column ranging from 400 to 800 words with an emphasis on "How is my community unique?"

I think both students, Abbey Stocker of Peterson and Kevin O'Donnell of Rushford, captured the uniqueness of their communities in a way that should make everyone proud of what Fillmore County has to offer. Abbey and Kevin will join the ranks of other Journal Writing Project students yet to be selected for this upcoming school year, however, because they applied for the writing portion of the scholarship, and since we had no other applicants for the Journal Video Project, I am granting each of these two talented students a $500 scholarship to use at their next level of education beyond high school. Congratulations to Abbey Stocker and Kevin O'Donnell for pursuing this opportunity!

If you'd like to see their scholarship-winning columns, please see pages 8 and 15.

Bullying

During the past couple months, as all of us read the stories about how Lanesboro was contending with the bullying issues within their school district, I'm sure many thoughts and memories came to mind for all of us.

Unfortunately, bullying has been around a long time.

It was prevalent in school while I was growing up, and I was quite often the target -- being the shortest kid in the class. I'm not complaining; just offering a point of reference to demonstrate my empathy for any kids dealing with it in today's world.

It's a tough situation to contend with for the parents of the child being bullied. It's tough for the schools to get their arms around it, too. Unless the parents of the child doing the bullying actually care about how their child behaves and holds them accountable, the outcome is bleak. And, the situations are not always black and white. There's often three sides to every story.

I recall, shortly after the first Lanesboro school board meeting in which it was addressed, a concerned parent contacted me about doing a county-wide story on the issue of bullying in all Fillmore County schools.

Not expecting that call that particular day, I told the concerned parent that I would like to see how .....
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One Moment, Please...The Economy - Part 3

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

During the past few weeks in this trilogy of my unsolicited rhetoric, I am concluding with a reference to healthcare reform. Yes, I've saved the best for last. Well, I'm not sure if it's the best, but it is certainly the most contentious.

The ..... 
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Fear is their only weapon

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I concluded sometime ago we do not send our best and brightest to either Washington or St. Paul. Health care reform debate confirms there are many villages in America that are not missing their village idiot because the voters in the villages keep s ..... 
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Hard to believe sometimes

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God." (Romans 8: 28)

As I drank my first cup of coffee this morning, I watched the birds at my feeders just outside the window. They were eating the smaller seeds whole, ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Economy - Part 2

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Cars. Cars. Cars.

They've been a part of my life ever since I can't remember. As a young boy, my dad let me pick out a Matchbox car quite often when we paid a visit to a store that offered them. Little did he know I'd be leaving them ..... 
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The swine flu saga continues

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Much has been made of the new "swine flu" because it is very similar to the virus that caused the pandemic flu of 1917-1920. That flu is estimated to have killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world. Only remote islands were sp ..... 
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The Sotomayor hearings were hardly 'oversight'

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Over four days of hearings into the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her 583 questions. Yet when they were done, we knew little more of importance than we did at th ..... 
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One moment, please... The Economy - Part 1

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It goes without saying that the state of our economy has impacted the lives of many, my immediate family included.

Within my own family, people have lost their jobs, taken on second jobs due to underemployment as a result of company cutbacks ..... 
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Health Care Fatigue Syndrome

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I fear we may all die from an overdose of health care discussions. It would be good to die from it because if we just get sick from it, there remain 48,000,000 of us without health insurance.

This endless conversation with no agreement about ..... 
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