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Corporate control


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In my twenties, I worked as an Embroidery Designer in Philadelphia. My dear friend and mentor, Ronald Levy, and I frequently had lunch together in Fairmont Park. One day we were sitting in the sun enjoying our corned beef sandwiches and pickles, when a flock of birds settled in front of us pecking at chunks of dry rolls that had been thrown on the ground. Out of nowhere a witch-like figure, scrawny and bent over, covered in black, emerged. She pulled a crumpled brown paper bag from the folds of her garments, scooped the rolls into her bag, and swiftly disappeared. No one should have to take dry chunks of bread from the birds in order to survive!

Fast-forward to nineteen-sixty-seven. I’m married, living in an apartment in Minneapolis with my husband, Glenn, and our eighteen-month-old son, Gordon. Once a week I’d pile our laundry into the stroller and taking Gordon’s hand, walk to the Laundromat on Hennepin Avenue. One morning we walked over the Hennepin Bridge. I found myself looking down to the railroad tracks below where there was a large cement platform. I wondered at first what all the people were doing. They huddled in twos and threes. Some walked aimlessly in the area. They were shabbily dressed, with slumped shoulders looking down at the ground. Then it hit me. These people are homeless! The awful reality swept over me. When you don’t have a job there is no place to go. When night comes, where do you sleep? What do you eat?

For forty years the middle class has been losing ground and poverty has increased. The “poor” did not cause the “recession,” yet Republicans in Congress tell us that “entitlements” are the problem. We must cut food stamps, school lunches, Head Start and Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile they insist we should continue subsidies to Corporations and tax cuts for the rich.

It is not “Big Government” we need to fear. Corporations have taken over our lives! The drive to “repeal Obama Care” has been carefully orchestrated by Health Insurance companies. The Media is fed by a spring of lies and misinformation. Health Care is a business motivated by profit. Drug companies’ main objective is not “healing the sick,” it is selling drugs! Monsanto and Cargill engineer our food for “appearance and durability.” We are left to wonder how much nutrition is in the food we eat.

Corporations put profit ahead of the health and welfare of workers and desecrate .....
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One Moment, Please... The loss of a leader

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

When I first heard about John Edstrom passing away on Sunday, June 24, I was in disbelief. I knew he had been battling lung cancer for some time, but I didn’t realize the extent of his illness. For those of you who didn’t know John, he was t ..... 
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Is the Supreme Court too politicized?

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

No matter what your opinions are on the recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a concern that like Congress, the court and their law clerks are being reduced to a mere appendage of the two powerful political parties. Has the court beco ..... 
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One Moment Please... An unintended experiment

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the May 21, 2012, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, I addressed the numerous inquiries about why the Journal was now being delivered on Saturdays instead of Mondays. As I said in that commentary, that was a decision by the Postmaster General ..... 
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How should the winners govern?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

When I first went to Washington in the 1960s as a novice congressman, the Democratic Party was clearly in control. It held the White House and enjoyed big majorities in both houses of Congress. So big, in fact, that a sizable group of Democratic p ..... 
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Talking points

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

“Talking Points” as we whimsically call them, could more aptly be thought of as “alarm buttons”! The rich should pay their “fair share” is a match setting fire to a parched field. Words such as Capitalism, Socialism, Free trade, Amnesty ..... 
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Talking common sense

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
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Political party rhetoric is directed to appeal to a voter’s emotion rather than a careful, honest, reasoned use of common sense. Being somewhat of a political junkie, I read and watch a variety of opinion pieces. A few weeks ago on a May 27 progra ..... 
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Exposing the argumentative tactics of the conservative right

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Herb Panko Chatfield, MN The views of the Conservative Right are consistently well-represented in this newspaper---mainly by the three regular columnists John Goutcher, Stan Gudmundson, and Andrew Kingsley. Opposition voices are long overdue. ..... 
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In praise of fathers

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis There are two things I’m addicted to, ice-cream and Book TV on C-Span. Recently I watched Bay Buchanan introduce a book she has written of her experience as a single mother raising three sons. As her story unfolded, I realized ..... 
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