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A road not yet taken


Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Children, when trying to get their way, have been known to declare, “I’m going to hold my breath until...” Members of Congress seem to be making similar childish declarations. This is no way to run a government. Washington is failing to govern. Following the recent half -baked, last minute solution to the fiscal cliff, politicians seem to continue to make declarations demanding it has to be their way, as they make public statements concerning the next fiscal deadlines. What they are really doing is holding the collective breath of our country. They continue to shirk their responsibility to make the hard decisions. Their party loyalties and oversized egos get in the way of reasonable decision making. How did we get where we are? Both parties have backed various decisions including spending and tax cuts over many years that have landed us in this financial bind. The point is the deadlines are coming and now the growing deficit and debt must be dealt with.

The system of government we have is only effective with considered compromise, which comes from a moderate center. We have been hoodwinked by the political parties through the contorted districts created by both parties into electing increasingly partisan flakes. These highly ideological and partisan people are devoid of the ability to analyze the situation and collectively take action that is in the best interest of the present day and the future of the country. Congress has become polarized to the point of dysfunction. Those that have been in the sensible center have been forced out.

In the House, this lack of center is largely due to districts being drawn to favor one party or the other. Unfortunately, it will be until after the 2020 census before districts can be redrawn. There needs to be a system instituted to draw districts that does not produce the large number of so-called safe districts. Drawing districts needs to be completely taken out of partisan hands, in favor of a non-partisan committee or even a computer program of some sort that does not take party population distinctions into account while drawing districts. Some states do have districts drawn by a non-partisan committee. Non-partisan districts would not be shaped like a twisting, narrow pretzel, which is what we have in some cases due to gerrymandering.

The serious inability of the House of Representatives to do their job is hampered directly by the small number of districts where an incu .....
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One Moment, Please... In the name of progress

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com During the month of January, our team at the Journal will be focused on starting the year out with a bang. What’s ..... 
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Gun free zones?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson Natural rights are basic rights that government cannot rightly take away from us. One of the most fundamental rights we have as citizens is the freedom to protect ourselves from being physically harmed by someone else. It is a na ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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In the December 24, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, on page 2 in the Fillmore County District Court report, we authored an error in the following statement: “The charges stem from reports from the two children of Benson’s ex-girlfrie ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Is 2013 just another year?

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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As we close out 2012, we can’t help but start thinking ahead to 2013. And with this thought comes a flurry of possibilities. For Christmas this year, Santa left for me a book by my stocking. No, it wasn’t in my stocking, because it was too b ..... 
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Turning the Page

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
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“So quickly yesterdays become tomorrows memories!” It was 1964. Glenn’s family in Minneapolis tidied up the vestiges of Christmas, packed their suitcases into two cars and headed across the country to Pennsylvania, where Glenn and I were being ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Guardians

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
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As the father of two beautiful children, ages five and eight, I cannot imagine what the parents of those 20 murdered Sandy Hook Elementary School children must be feeling today. Their healing will only come with time, and maybe never. Since the s ..... 
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Ah, Christmas

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
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As I spent two months earlier this year first recovering from having four wisdom teeth extracted and then in good old garden-variety unemployment, the rest of this year has barreled on like a runaway train. In my mind, I lost two months, and it stil ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
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In the December 17 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the figures presented in regards to the Rushford-Peterson referendum were listed as projected tax impacts when they were tax levy figures presented by the district at the Forum held Monday, De ..... 
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