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An appreciation


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I have always considered it a privilege to write a commentary piece for the Journal. I am allowed to write about anything I choose and never have the editors changed the content of what I wrote. I have received unsolicited positive comments, and have been taken to task by others for my views; all part of the process. During these past few years of my "literary career" I've written mostly about politics, politicians and pundits. For this month's commentary I began a piece about our involvement in Afghanistan. After several drafts I gave it to my "real" editor to read, comment and correct. The piece was rejected in its' entirety. Not one paragraph was worth salvaging. It was suggest that I write about positive things as there is more than enough negativity around today. I wondered, am I that cynical, do I always write in the negative? But, as the man said, "I calls 'em like I sees 'em."

We come now to then end of a decade. There are sure to be stories in the media about the last 10 years, what was good, what was not; the best movies, the best books, the best in sports, etc. One of the biggest stories will be the economic downturn and the problems it has created. Because of things beyond their control many are faced with difficulty today. In our corner of Fillmore County we have experienced a great deal; the flood of 2007, the loss of jobs, and the changes these events have produced. Others have commented on the spirit of community that the flood inspired. To be sure, the aftermath of the flood also brought some divisions of community. But the need to help and be of assistance to others was the pervading attitude. And, this attitude continues.

On a daily basis I see people reaching out to others. I see offers of help, encouragement and assistance coming from people and places I would not have imagined. This fits the adage of "pass it on", doing the good thing, doing the right thing. Acting locally to support others is community in action. I am proud and grateful to be able to share in this community. We'll leave Afghanistan for another time.

One moment, please...

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the years, throughout my life in the newspaper business, I have received many anonymous correspondence via letters, telephone voice mails, and even e-mails from individuals who have strong opinions one way or another.

While some of the me ..... 
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My typical Christmas

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I don't know exactly when it started, but the holiday season is here in full force. Decorations are everywhere, people are frantically shopping for gifts, and holiday music seems to have taken over. I recognize the true and wonderful meaning of Chri ..... 
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One Moment Please - Lutefisk, it's what's for dinner!

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone number 507-251-5297

On Sunday, December 6, Christ Lutheran Church, located in Preston, hosted their 20th annual lutefisk dinner, which boasts an average of 900 to 1,1 ..... 
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You've got mail

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Computers and internet communication are still a marvel to those of us who remember when a long distance phone call was a huge deal and reserved for announcing a death in the family. Long distance rates were lowest in the evenings and on Sundays, an ..... 
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One moment, please... Yeah, that'll happen when pumpkins fly!

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
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Another one from Flaherty - The Dance

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

When I walked into the Owls, Archie called me over to the table and informed me that the Owls were going to have a dance - whether they wanted to or not.

"Well, if you don't want a dance, why are you having one?"

"We don't have anyth ..... 
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One moment, please... Tourism involves everyone

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of sitting in on a number of meetings along with experiencing what I consider to be significant influences on the future of each individual community collectively recognized as the sum of our parts ..... 
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What it looks like when Congress does its job

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

If you've ever wondered what members of Congress do to earn their keep, the current health-care debate on Capitol Hill should give you a good idea. This complex legislation, placed on the congressional agenda by President Obama but shaped by the int ..... 
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