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“Bullying”


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In America chances are, if you are bullied as a child, you will grow up to be a comedian. Groucho Marx told about a swimming pool that was “closed” to Jews. He observed that his wife was “gentile”. He asked, “Does that mean our kids can go into the water half-way?”

Essentially bullying is about the need to make others feel “small so that we can feel bigger.” The tools are fear and intimidation.

I was taught that like snowflakes, we are all unique. We are each one of us a piece in life’s puzzle and are a necessary part of the whole picture.

In 9th grade I attended public school for a year, 15 miles north of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Algebra posed a problem for me and for my teacher who didn’t like me. In front of the class she accused me of cheating.. I shot back, “If I was cheating I would have aimed for a grade higher than forty on my test!”

The Principal, Dr. Saw, looked like “Mr. Fatback” in the Lil Abner comic strip. He was corpulent, totally bald and resembled a pig. He sometimes wore riding pants and carried a riding crop, most likely left over from when he was in the cavalry at the beginning of the second world war. He decided to grace those of us who were languishing in Mrs. Lenard’s class with his expertise. About six of us turned up Monday morning at 7:30 p.m. and gathered around the boardroom table next to his office. Dr. Saw sat at the head of the table and proceeded to teach us a system that was outdated and bore no resemblance to what was being taught in our class. I looked around the table at the circle of faces. No one understood what he was saying and no one was about to admit it. I finally said for the second time that I didn’t understand what he was saying. At which point Dr. Saw rose from his seat, his huge face turned bright red, the veins in his head were about to burst and he yelled at me uncontrollably. I calmly got up and left the room. Later that morning I was called to the Principal’s office. My classmates acted like I was being called before the inquisition. They whispered among themselves. They figured at the very least I would be suspended. Actually “Mr. Fatback” had decided on a more conciliatory approach. He apologized for losing his temper.

I was required to go to summer school for six weeks to make up my flunking grade. The summer class was held in the high school by their Principal. Suddenly algebra was not so .....
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Fixing Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproduc ..... 
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Corned corn

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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So it’s St. Patrick’s Day: wear some green, eat a green cupcake, and possibly drink green beer. After spending almost a decade down in the Chicagoland area, where Irish heritage is a big, big deal, it’s quite a change of gears to be back in th ..... 
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Where Congress falls short...and where it doesn’t

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view. Congress, I sai ..... 
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Rep. Davids finds positives in latest state budget forecast

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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Jason Wenisch Minnesota House of Representatives Communications Specialist ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s budget analysts say our state’s economy continues to be healthy, as they report a projected $1.233 billion surplus for the remainder of the 201 ..... 
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Correction 3.17.14

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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In the March 10, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Village sticks with road option, waits for input story. It was printed that the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Rushford Village would be Tuesday, March 25 at ..... 
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Asset-based community development

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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By Tim Penny, SMIF President/CEO Too often communities focus on what they don’t have. And it is true that many community leaders struggle due to insufficient funding, limited resources, and inadequate infrastructure. But it is also true that if ..... 
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A reality check

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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It is important to periodically reexamine humanity’s hideous past to remind us of how extremely dangerous our world is. We cannot afford to take our country, liberty, and our way of life for granted. The slaughter of the last 125 years or so ca ..... 
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Looking back: The unique perspective of time

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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By Herb Panko Chatfield, Minn. Jeff Erding’s article in the Fillmore County Journal, February 24, 2014, issue, shows an astounding compilation of wild assertions, exaggerations, unsupportable opinions, and outright false statements. Let’s s ..... 
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