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One Moment Please: Obituaries and E-mail Alert System


Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the years, I've heard a few people say the Internet is a bad thing. And, I've heard the flip side from people stating the Internet is the next best thing since the toothbrush.

The individuals who are concerned about what the Internet introduces into our lives usually make the claim that there are bad things coming from the Internet.

For example, in an anonymous letter directed to me with a date of April 15, 2009, someone took the time to express their concerns regarding my "apparent addiction to the internet, and [my] desire to draw others into the same," quoted from the letter.

The writer went on to make comparisons to our human nature being drawn to the Internet as a close comparison to the price we paid with "Hiroshima."

This person continued expressing their concerns by stating that "the primary uses of the internet are: pornography, gambling, chat rooms, and exercises in vanity called Facebook and MySpace."

I debated on how or whether to respond to this letter at all, since it was anonymous. However, recent developments have led me to believe this is the perfect time to demonstrate how the Internet can be helpful.

First off, if you only see all of those negatives coming from the Internet, I'm sure a psychologist would be more than happy to tell you to get your mind out of the gutter -- putting it bluntly.

A person could make those same arguments with vehicles or kitchen knives.

Vehicles can be very dangerous if not operated properly, and people have died as a result.

People use kitchen knives to chop up fruits, vegetables, meats and other food items, and yet these same devices can cause harm.

As I flip through the channels on my television, I see content that I don't care for and I don't feel would be appropriate for my family to watch.

I simply exercise judgement.

To say the Internet is a bad thing because of the items aforementioned is an extreme generalization. There are some bad things on the Internet, but you need to educate yourself and other impressionable individuals on how to avoid those things.

Respectfully, I sense this individual has had some bad experiences with the Internet. Everyone has different life experiences which sculpt their personality, character and beliefs.

Before you throw in the towel on the Internet, consider this.

At the Journal, we have recently had funeral directors tell us that every daily newspa .....
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A couple of ways to help yourself

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

In cases of emergency medical services there is often a degree of confusion even when there are alert knowledgeable relatives and friends at the scene. This is especially true about two things, medications and, to a lesser degree, end of life direct ..... 
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One Moment Please: Open enrollment

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

On the cover of the June 29, 2009 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, we ran a story about the impact of open enrollment on Fillmore County.

Without a doubt, this has had an influence on school budgets and interaction between area schools, ..... 
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Retire, already

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
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I thought eight years of Dick Cheney's sneer was about ten years too many. Now, it seems, he can't find his way home to Wyoming, a place where only the antelope listen.

Then, my compassionate side kicked in. Having seen industries shut down ..... 
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One moment, please: Sizing me up...

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It's become pretty apparent to me that people are trying to size me up, pondering how I'll approach political issues.

I have received e-mails, phone calls, and anonymous hand-written letters (with no return addresses on the envelopes) - and ..... 
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Why Congress needs institutionalists

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It takes all kinds of people to make the U.S. Congress work. The ambitious and the laid-back, loners and consensus-builders, partisans and aisle-crossers - all have their place. In these highly politicized times, though, there's one type who is part ..... 
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One moment, please... Serving Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2009
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As I have visited with Fillmore County residents and business owners, I have arrived at the conclusion that if our masthead says "Fillmore County Journal," then we need to do our best to make sure every household in Fillmore County receives our news ..... 
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Make weatherization plans for winter now

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
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Planning to make your home more energy efficient for winter is probably not on the top of your agenda for things to do in June. This is a time for leaving windows open over night to let the cool air in, allowing us to wake to a cacophony of birdsong ..... 
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Wild Ethics

Fri, May 29th, 2009
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The cyclist, earphones in his ears, zooms by me, looking neither right or left, intent on speed and endurance and I wonder why he bothers to bike on this section of the Harmony / Preston Trail that runs along Camp Creek where fish swim and ..... 
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