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Peace on earth


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

The birth of a baby is a source of wonder. We marvel at the perfection of the tiny toes and fingers of this miniature person. Once he gets over the insult of being thrust into the world, he settles into his blanket and goes to sleep as if nothing extraordinary has taken place.

According to the Christmas story, Mary was told that her baby would be special. Since the birth of Jesus, we have had other leaders born in humble circumstances who, as grown men, changed the course of history. Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Kentucky. Nelson Mandela was born in a small hut in a village in Africa. When President Obama was born to a young woman from Kansas and an African father, his parents had no way of knowing that he would become President of the United States and the leader of the “Free World.”

Sixteen years ago my husband and I went with our oldest son and his wife to spend Christmas with my family in Pennsylvania. Christmas Eve we attended an informal service in a multi-purpose building. The minister wore slacks and a sweater. Music was provided by someone playing a guitar. As we entered the building, we were each given a candle. At the designated moment the lights were turned out. Someone went along the isle lighting the first candle in each row. Then the flame was passed along as we turned to light the candle of the person sitting next to us. Soon faces emerged in the darkness as the light filled the room.

I often think of that moment. Most of us will not do great things and change the world but we all have the power to light a candle and help dispel the darkness.

When the angel appeared to the shepherds, he said, “Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people!” The message of Christmas is not for any one group. It includes people of all religions, believers and non-believers. “Glory to god in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” We are told “He shall be called the Prince of Peace.” While peace on earth may appear to be unattainable, we have leaders like Ghandi, Mandela, and Martin Luther King that renew our faith, that love can overcome hate and that good can conquer evil. In a speech recently, President Obama said that Nelson Mandela reminds us “We must be guided by our hopes instead of by our fears.”

Daily we are assailed by a media which thrives on conflict. Advertisements, political pundits and televange .....
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One Moment, Please... In the aftermath of Sandy Hook

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
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Just one year ago, on December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School became a crime scene that claimed the lives of 20 elementary-school-aged children and six adult staff members of the school. These types of tragedies, while fading in our memori ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Another year in the books

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. This year, just like the past four years, I joined a group of friends to run the Fillmore County Turkey Day Run -- 10.3 miles from Lanesboro to Preston along the Root River State ..... 
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Why can’t Congress aim higher?

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a December 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the ..... 
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Give us the torch

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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Last time we met, I talked about the power and significance behind the untimely and horrific death of our 35th President, John F. Kennedy. This time, I’d like to reflect on slightly happier times that occurred a few years earlier. In what is consi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Obama Care - how does it work?

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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By Dale J. Eppen How Obama Care Is Supposed To Work Obama Care uses what are called EXCHANGES that we can go through to buy health insurance. No one buys insurance from the exchange. In Minnesota we elected to set up our own state exchange. We ..... 
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Thanksgiving

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Last month it was time to be “scared.” This month it’s time to be “thankful.” It’s November. I look out the window and watch the leaves fall. Each leaf is part of a mysterious pattern. It has its own time to leave the tree: whirls abou ..... 
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Dogged journalism is a blessing, not a curse

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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Let’s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what’s happening in the world — and understand the plans of allies and enemies — to keep the nation prepared and secure. If intelligence work is going ..... 
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One Moment, Please... What are you thankful for?

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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First, happy Thanksgiving to all of you who will be enjoying a day off from work on Thursday, November 28, 2013. And, second, I am saddened to see the devils of Retail Corporate America shamelessly working their employees on an important family day ..... 
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