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The reason we celebrate


Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

"It is not by consolidation or concentration of powers, but by their distribution that good government is effected."

Thomas Jefferson

It has been 235 years since our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which is our most cherished symbol of liberty and democracy. As Americans, we own our country, and we all seem to have a sense of ownership toward our country by choice.

Justice, openness and freedom - this unity is by choice, not by chance.

We are a nation first and foremost of laws. We have no common national origin or ethnicity that currently forms our shared identity as Americans. Instead, our identity has been forged by the rule of law and by our common experience that faithfulness to the law guarantees liberty, equality of opportunity and a functioning civil society even in the face of those who, through ambition for power or wealth, would seek to impose their will on the less powerful. But to understand the "rule of law" and why we have it more completely, we need to look back into our history as a nation.

The tremendous gift the rule of law offers us is that our public officers must be accountable to each other. The House and Senate must be accountable to each other, the Congress to the President, the President to Congress, both to the Courts.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence understood the oppression that occurs when those in power control the law for their own purposes. The signers understood that it was necessary to have a stable justice system - to have rules and laws based on certain fundamental principles and not the arbitrary whims of those holding government powers at any moment. Only in this way could we protect ourselves from tyranny.

The great paradox of the Constitution was that our Founding Fathers had a deep and abiding faith in democracy for the people. But they were very suspicious of human nature when clothed with unaccountable power. Our Constitution was built based upon the need to balance power because if unchecked, men were more apt to abuse that power.

James Madison observed, "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, no controls would be necessary."

Franklin Roosevelt had an unshakable belief in our system of Democracy in America. "Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators .....
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State exports set, first quarter record

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

ST. PAUL - Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew 13 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago. According to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Developme ..... 
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Why not Palin?

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past few months, I've read a number of unhinged articles from both liberals and conservatives (so-called) about Sarah Palin. A number of commentators from both sides of political spectrum seem to believe that she is a lightweight nitwit who ..... 
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Faith restored

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A couple of events recently restored my faith in the American electorate especially for the members of my generation and the baby boomers. It has to do with Paul Ryan's voodoo trickle down economics, his attack on the elderly and the poor and new fi ..... 
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Guest commentary-Freedoms

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

There are five basic freedoms that people involved in humane livestock production are urged to practice. As a veterinarian, livestock producer, and meat eater, I certainly try to embrace these principals and would encourage others to do the same.
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Stormy Weather

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A ruby-throated hummingbird whizzed past us. An eastern wood-pewee called and a rose-breasted grosbeak sang variations of his song never stopping to take a breath. We saw a few warblers,

indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and other species. I ..... 
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One moment, please... You wouldn't D.A.R.E.?

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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

Online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, I often post reader polls for you, our readers, to cast your vote on a variety of subjects.

The results of a recent onli ..... 
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Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time aft ..... 
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One moment, please... Standing out in a crowd, 6/6/11

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

Ya know, I never realized how invaluable a small school learning environment was until I lived here.

Yes, my graduating class was 472 students, so I have a very ..... 
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