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One good turn


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

After six years of searching following my graduation from college and my semester of student teaching, I have landed a full time job. Despite five years experience as a teacher, the position is not in education due to both a cultural and governmental shift against the liberal arts and social sciences, along with education in general. I and others like me entered college with the promise of teaching jobs more plentiful than the buffalo of old, but when we exited college we’d found that Buffalo Bill Bear Stearns and the Wild Lehman Brothers had all but wiped the jobs out. As such, I spent the next half-decade in limbo, and am finally hopeful and excited about my new full-time job in logistics in the field of organic produce. Finally, at age 28 3/4, my wife and I can settle down and start a family.

We’re not the first generation to have these problems. My grandparents fought through Hell on Earth in World War II, and before that spat in the face of the Great Depression to finally come out on top, in their little houses made of ticky-tacky and their picket fences and RCA Victor television sets and Tang and Ozzie & Harriet.

My generation, the Millennials, have spent the years since the Financial Meltdown of 2007-2008 being tortured by society around us. Other generations have no doubt faced similar hardships, but it seems almost unique to my generation that we have suffered through times of no jobs, no money, and no future, with the additional label of no respect and no faith. No faith in our economy, no faith in our government and, most devastatingly... no faith in our skills and abilities. How can I say this with such finality? Because I am a survivor and there are many like me.

In a few weeks, I’ll be starting the new job. Had this been 2008, I would have gone into the situation with a spring in my step and a jaunty tune whistling through my lips. I was fresh out of college and believed I could do anything. But now, after six straight years of “impressive credentials” leading to “more qualified candidates” being hired, my confidence and my faith in my abilities is nearly broken.

The tasks in the job description are tasks that I have done in at least three or four of my part time jobs, but I cannot shake the horrible feeling in the back of my mind: you’re not good enough, you’re going to fail, you’ve been rejected consistently for five years. You simply don’t deserve this job. You’r .....
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Joyfully, those restricting bonds of winter melt away

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As the accursed snow melts away and the ground that seemed buried forever appears, the bonds of winter slowly melt away. Hopefully, no more 10 layers of clothing, no more shoveling and chopping ice or trudging through two feet of snow, and no more ..... 
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Rep. Davids bill would exempt social security benefits from Minnesota income tax

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL, Minm. – In an effort to allow Minnesota to join 28 other states that in some way exempt social security income from local taxes, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is authoring legislation that would provide ..... 
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Agenda 21: How progressives are using deception to destroy liberty

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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Those familiar with my articles know I have been warning the folks about the “noose of government dependence” that is being tightened slowly but surely around our collective necks. The radical left and secular progressives want you to think th ..... 
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Time to fix government

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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By Lee H. Hamilton In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the m ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Miles of smiles

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the community of Fountain lost an icon. For 42 years, Willis “Willie” J. Cambern made his livelihood in the city of Fountain alongside his wife Beezie, a husband-and-wife team owning and operating Willie’s Grocer ..... 
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LifeSource

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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By Gary Hahn, Fountain, MN This is a letter to the editor regarding the Life-Saving gift that people need to know about. April is known as Donate Life month and many activities happen all over the US during this month and throughout the year. As ..... 
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Rep. Davids: Latest tax bill fixes mistakes made by majority party and Gov. Dayton

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch Governor Dayton has signed legislation that eliminates some onerous new taxes approved by legislative Democrats and the governor himself last spring, and allows Minnesotans to claim neededincome tax deductions prior to the April 1 ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Forming habits for the better

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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I’ve had quite a few people ask me how the family energy challenge has been working out, so I wanted to provide an update. On Monday, February 3, 2014, I published a commentary titled “One Moment Please... A Family Energy Challenge.” As I men ..... 
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