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Balancing gun rights and public safety


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The first letter that my husband and I received from the NRA arrived in 1965, forty-seven years ago. Included was a picture of some desperate, scrawny individuals peering out through the bars of a dirty jail in a foreign country. The message was,“This can happen to you. You are in danger! The government will take away your guns. Be afraid, be very afraid!”

The Second Amendment was written in 1791. “A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. We had just fought a war for Independence, carried out by State Militias made up of farmers and tradesmen who brought their own guns to the fray. At this time we relied on State Militias to protect our country from invading armies. The law was written to ensure our National security. It did not suggest that we needed to fear our own government, nor did it mention hunting.

After the war of 1812, it became clear that we needed a unified force, an Army and Navy under the auspices of the Federal government to protect our National interests. Today we have the most powerful Military in the world and a police force to enforce local laws. In the literal sense, the reason for “keeping and bearing arms” no longer exists. This law needs to be re-examined in the light of our present reality. Hunting laws are firmly established and regulated by the States. The only time Federal law can take precedence over State law is in matters of National Security .

The NRA has perpetuated the myth over the years, “The government will take your guns, be afraid! This has no more substance than a shadow that disappears when the sun goes down. The government is not made up of aliens from outer space. We are the government. The government is us! We are in no danger of losing our right “to keep and bear arms.”

The Leadership of the NRA wants us to believe that they exist to protect our “second amendment rights.” They invite you to become a member of their organization and contribute money toward this noble fight to ensure our freedom and independence. Actually they use the money to pay lobbyists, to donate to political campaigns and to feed propaganda to the media. Their lawyers write our gun laws. There is a picture of Governor Jeb Bush signing “Stand your ground” into law. By his side is a member of the NRA. President Bush said he would support the ban on assault weapon .....
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Stop government waste- vote "No" on voter ID

Wed, Aug 15th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

This November when you go to the polls unencumbered by a required “government issued photo ID”, vote “NO” to save our state and local governments from spending more on unnecessary rules and regulations. It has been estimated that the requir ..... 
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Musical Comedy, “Paint Your Wagon” coming

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

“Got a Dream Boy, got a song, paint your wagon and come along! “So says a well-known song from the musical comedy, Paint Your Wagon. With music by Lerner and Lowe, the show debuted on Broadway in 1951 and will hit the stage as part of the 40th A ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the Fillmore County Journal’s August 6 issue, in the article “Harmony Enterprises, Inc. celebrating 50 years,” it was incorrectly stated that Harmony Enterprises manufactures their own solar panels. They do not manufacture them, but they us ..... 
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Outdoor movie and music night in Whalan

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Whalan Commentary

How did it all begin? In June, 2010 the Whalan Hall Restoration Committee was formed. Our goal: To renovate the old town hall that was built in 1898 and in bad repair. The City of Whalan started things rolling by earmarking $20,000 for the projec ..... 
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More notes from a country kitchen

By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I’m sorry to report that I did not get a chance to write an article for this edition of the Journal. I spent the last two months doctoring with my husband in Rochester. I have jotted down some of life’s lessons that have been passed down to me a ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the July 30 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the College News incorrectly stated that Ashley Christianson was on the Dean’s List for Bemidji State University. It should have read Ashley Christian of Spring Valley, Minnesota.

One Moment, Please... Who can solve our problems?

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell phone: 507-251-5297 jsethre@fillmorecountyjournal.com In last week’s commentary, I posed a rhetorical question: But, really, can a president solve our pr ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Presidential Pendulum of Popularity

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Well, another presidential election is upon us in a little over three months. Or, shall we call it a popularity contest? I certainly wish that the voting process put more weight on the popular vote than the electoral vote, but I know I am only one ..... 
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