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One Moment, Please... Running for office


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We’ve seen quite a bit of controversy revolving around some of our locally elected officials. Recently, in the past few months, we’ve seen a mayor get voted out of office by a city council exercising a collective vote of no confidence. This decision has drawn an onslaught of online comments coming from all different perspectives. Our newspaper bears no support for either side of this particular issue, but merely a forum for the issue at hand.

And, these circumstances underscore the challenges facing all of our communities.

Some people may not appreciate how I call it like it is, but I don’t beat around the bush. I call it like it is.

In the Kingsland School District and the Rushford-Peterson School District, we have monumental conversations regarding facility considerations. But, at the end of the day, those who attend regular meetings and vocalize their concerns will have an impact. If you are uninvolved, don’t expect your opinion to be heard.

Regardless of city council, school board, or county board meetings, all decisions are significant.

With any election, those who are elected are duly privileged and burdened with the responsibility of serving the best interest of all of their constituents. Do you know how hard it is to make everyone happy all the time?

And, here in lies the challenge.

There are a lot of Monday-morning-quarterbacks; backseat drivers. There are a lot of naysayers who complain about decisions that are made at meetings. Often times, they don’t attend meetings. They just read about the results in the next issue of the Fillmore County Journal, and then gossip about it down at the local coffee shop.

The majority of elected officials are not serving the public for a source of income. They are paid peanuts compared to the time they could be investing elsewhere. They are usually signing up for this job because no one else will step forward to serve the best interest of the public. There are many elections in which candidates run for re-election completely unopposed. That’s because nobody wants their job. In some cases, becoming the mayor of any of our small towns is like a life sentence.

But, all of these elected officials do their best to serve the public. We may be critical of them, at times, which is understandable. However, if you feel they are not leading you down the right path, then consider throwin .....
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Voting...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

To the Editor, Like most in my generation, I am reluctant to engage myself in the political process. In this era of big money interests and emotionally-charged rhetoric, it’s incredibly difficult to find a candidate that I can actually trust as a ..... 
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SMIF grant deadline approaching

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Tim Penny Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout ..... 
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The environment is the defining issue of our time!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Thank you Karen Reisner for your comprehensive article, “Pay it Forward.” The word that jumps out at me is “responsibility.” We have been entrusted with the care of this planet. Sometimes I’m tempted to believe in providence, that the ta ..... 
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Guest commentary on Rushford-Peterson School facilities

By Brett Kues

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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So here we are having a beautiful summer in southern Minnesota and facing another referendum in the fall. It’s only late-July and the community is already polarizing and lines are being drawn. People are coming out and making cases for and again ..... 
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Correction 7.28.14

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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In the article “Inflow and infiltration issues in Harmony” that appeared in the July 14 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the Harmony Public Library started charging fines for overdue books and movies. This is incorrect. ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Check your balance

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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I’m not referring to checking your ability to stay upright. I’m referring to your bank account. I recently learned that our company business bank account had been compromised. Apparently, while I was using our company debit card to make purc ..... 
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Why incumbents keep getting re-elected

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for ..... 
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The “c” word

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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As a historian, I could talk your ear off about taboo. No, not that board game, although I’m pretty good at it. No, not the fifties-vintage cosmetics brand. I’m talking about those little quirks that each society has about what’s good, what’ ..... 
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