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A centrist, in search of balance and a good stew


Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Karen Reisner

When I look at so-called party platforms, it is clear that there is no clear choice. However, voting is more complicated than simply the party line. Many of us when choosing who to vote for have to look beyond political party. Besides picking the candidate that most closely conforms to your views, look at the individual candidate’s personality traits. Consider the candidate’s ethics and character as best you can, and most importantly support a candidate that is thoughtful and open to considering other points of view and open to realistic compromise; these are absolutely necessary traits in our form of government. Don’t misunderstand, open to another point of view does not equate to jumping from one position to another to gain favor with the current voter pool. A good centered politician maintains core principles while working with those who disagree to find a suitable middle ground which will move the country forward.

Democracy is like stew. The more ingredients cooked into the stew, the better the flavor. Our country faces some hard decisions to avoid a significant blow to our economy, the so-called fiscal cliff. We enjoy a government that makes decisions by a majority vote or in the case of the US Senate, often a vote of 60 percent. We are a government divided almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Of course, hard core Democrats and Republicans are more nearly 30 percent each. Those of us in the center have to truly set the course for our nation and state. Most of us in the center lean to one side usually because of one or two issues most significant to us. Party platforms or philosophies are a starting point like beef and potatoes, not the ending point for good stew or legislation. Don’t forget the other vegetables, especially the onions and seasoning, or in the case of good legislation, the center; this gives it flavor and makes for good stew and good law.

When you enter that voting booth and you don’t really favor either side, think about honesty, fairness, and the candidates ability to find a consensus that best serves our country and state. The candidate that wants to dictate one point of view only without considering the ideas of the other side and those in the middle is in the wrong country. This is not a dictatorship. Once elected, a candidate serves all of the voting constituency which elected him or her. The elected official does not serve himself or herself first .....
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Listless Congress cedes power to White House

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
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By Lee H. Hamilton There is a widespread sense, both in Washington and around the country, that Congress has just ended one of the most listless and unproductive sessions in memory. When its members bolted town to go home and campaign, they left a ..... 
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Recessions and depressions

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
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By Stan Gudmundson Bill Clinton told us that the recession Obama “inherited” was too big for any president to solve in one term. Really? Earlier I noted that there is a simple explanation that precisely defines what recessions and depressions a ..... 
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We need a president who will serve “all the people”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
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Foreign Policy The Bush administration saw leadership in terms of fear at home and abroad. They talked about “The War on Terror,” the “Axis of Evil,” and “You’re Either With us or Against Us.” We were warned of the Mushroom Cloud and ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Leadership

Thu, Oct 4th, 2012
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OK, so the dust has settled from the October 3rd Presidential Debate, and all of the pundits have weighed in on how the greatest show on Earth went down. Now it's my turn. This election isn't about electing one man over another. There is someth ..... 
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One Moment, Please... What’s important?

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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Seriously, what is important? In my world, professional sports are just a form of entertainment. When you look at professional sports like the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA or any others at that level, they are merely athletic reality TV shows. They are getti ..... 
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Choose the better neighbor

By Justin Gilbert

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

With the general election fast approaching, I’m taking an alternative path for a commentary. You’ve most likely decided who you are voting for anyway, so you don’t need me to persuade you to one side or tell you how much I dislike the other pa ..... 
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Why I write

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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If you dig very deeply into a closet somewhere in Canton, Minnesota, you will find a copy of something called “The Underwater Adventure,” consisting of two pages of dot matrix text and pictures depicting aquatic life and exploration, including a ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the September 17, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, a photo under the article titled “OMC in Preston sees farm-related injury and illness,” a woman in the photo was identified as Polly Kraling. It should have read Polly Harstad.
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