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One Moment Please... A learned behavior... enabled


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There are many times in which I write commentary pieces that never get published. I write them for the most part to formulate my thoughts on particular subjects facing our communities, our region, our state and even at a national level. In recent months, I’ve written pieces on those involved in the Occupy Movement, the eminent domain issue relating to the expansion of the trail from Preston to Forestville, and even how Rushford might best approach the situation with the library, community center, municipal liquor building and the need for a new school. But, either due to a lack of space, with the contribution of other writers taking precedent over my work, or simply because I don’t know if it is my place or the right time to make my opinions known -- my thoughts stay contained. And, probably for the best. When I have reservations, there is usually a good reason. I need to sit on my thoughts for a while, and let them marinate.

This time, I have decided I need to address a subject that can’t be sidelined; something that relates to all of us in some way.

As with many of our readers, I have heard the news reports about recent teen suicides relating to bullying.

Rachel Ehmke, a 13-year-old Kasson-Mantorville Middle School student committed suicide on April 28 as a result of continuous harassment from her peers.

Then, this past Sunday, May 6, a 17-year-old young man named Jay ‘Corey’ Jones, who attended Century High School, also committed suicide as a result of bullying relating to his sexual orientation.

To turn the other cheek and pretend that bullying is not prevalent in our schools, big and small, is the biggest mistake we could ever make. The end result can come with dire consequences, as we’ve seen in recent weeks.

This subject has been a topic of conversation in homes, schools and workplaces for many of our readers.

My only hope is that we don’t stop keeping our eye on this issue and do our best to prevent further suffering for the sake of our youth.

Ultimately, the issue of bullying exists and has always existed for centuries. I remember experiencing it when I was a kid. Being the smallest kid in my class nearly every grade of my school age years made me an easy target for an ever-evolving pecking order no different than what would be best described in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

Boys could be cruel. But .....
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Headlines; workplace participation at thirty year low

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There is no simple answer as to why. You would think with the recent press coverage workforce participation suddenly fell off a cliff. Not so. The participation rate peaked out around the turn of the century. There has been a gradual downward trend ..... 
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A View from the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The Elusive Morel I left the house as the air began to warm, after a night of rain, determined to check on every acre of our forest. With an onion bag in my pocket, I was going to train my eye, stay focused, and walk around every dying tree. I ha ..... 
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One Moment Please... What would you do with $20?

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I think we all need a friendly reminder from time to time. We need to be reminded of the fragile foundation of our small town economies. I know because I hear directly from local business owners. I know of long-time business owners who don’t ta ..... 
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The problem with solutions

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

All problems began at some point and have some reason for continuing to exist. When we recognize the source(s) of our problems, that is where solutions can be found. It seems our problem with those solutions is that they usually aren’t what we wan ..... 
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Climate Change

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In a recent column a writer said, “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) support the evidence supported by the scientific community as well as changes advocated by Al Gore.” Really? On March 28, 2012, the IPCC released a statem ..... 
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Food For Life

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Protein I made my first attempt at vegetarianism at age 12, and it lasted about a day. When I was eighteen I was a little more successful and determined, but after a year I sort of slid back into the Standard American Diet. It was too easy. Putting ..... 
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The role of government

By John Goutcher

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

It has been said that America has never been a Christian nation, or that our founders were a bunch of atheists, agnostics, and deists. Consider the facts if you will. At least 50 of the 55 signers of the Constitution were Christians according to Bra ..... 
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Time to nix oil subsidies

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
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After nearly 100 years of subsidies, the highly profitable oil industry apparently is still a fledgling business and can’t make it without taxpayer dollars! Since 1913, the oil industry has enjoyed a variety of tax benefits or subsidies. Just how ..... 
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