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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 take a paycheck and haven’t taken a paycheck for quite some time. They go about their daily routine serving customers without taking home a single penny. While the general public thinks they are rolling in the dough, they are actually just struggling to make the small-town-business-equation work in their favor. I know of local business owners who have borrowed up to $50,000 against the value of their home so they can stay open for business.

To the average person, this might seem like insanity. For those who work at a place of business where they get a guaranteed paycheck without the worries of cash flow, they don’t understand. They have guarantees, as far as they know.

Interestingly, most of these local business owners probably would have never taken on the challenge of owning a business in our small communities had they known of the challenges that lay ahead.

All of these thoughts immediately flooded my cranium as I saw a post on Facebook shared by Gabby Gatzke. For those of you who don’t know, Gabby works at the Fillmore County Journal and SMG Web Design, splitting her time between both for a combined full-time schedule with our company. In addition, she helps her mother out by working at Chic’s Pizza in Preston. Yes, Gabby has a work ethic beyond words, and we are lucky enough to have her in our town and our business. She is an asset to our community, and she sees the same things I see.

We have another local business ownership connection within our company. Michelle Haugerud owns the JEM Theatre in Harmony and she also serves as the General Manager for SMG Web Design. As many people in our area know, the JEM Theatre was recently forced to upgrade to a very expensive digital projector by the movie industry or face a fate of closure.

It pains me to see so many of our local business owners suffering, and for what? Why? Why do they do what they do? Their lives could be so much more pleasant and relaxing if they just took a paycheck instead of a risk of loss. The reasons they do what they do are many, and only they know why.

But, this I do know. They need you to help them out to keep their business and your town a .....
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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
Posted in All Commentary

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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One Moment Please... “Where Fillmore County News Comes First”

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
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You may have noticed a subtle change in our front page masthead a few months ago. We added a little slogan “Where Fillmore County News Comes First” that signifies a big promise. I live, work, do business and pay property taxes in Fillmore Coun ..... 
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Knowledge without wisdom

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Do you think that in order to have the right to breathe air in this country, you should be required to purchase something from the government? Is there anything you do in your life that doesn’t in some way affect your health or the risks to it? T ..... 
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Obama and the economy

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Referring to tax cuts and reduced regulation, Obama in a December 6 speech in Osawatomie, KS said the following: “The market will take care of everything...It’s a simple theory...(that) fits well on a bumper sticker. But here’s the problem: It ..... 
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