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One moment, please... You wouldn't D.A.R.E.?


Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
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Online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, I often post reader polls for you, our readers, to cast your vote on a variety of subjects.

The results of a recent online reader polls were quite interesting.

Here's the question I posed: Not all school districts in Fillmore County participate in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Do you feel it should be a requirement?

57 percent of the voters were in favor of making this program a requirement, while the other 43 percent felt it should not be a requirement.

In Fillmore County, all school districts participate in the D.A.R.E. program with the exception of Fillmore Central.

I was actually quite surprised when I found out that schools could opt out of participating in D.A.R.E.. I was even more surprised to find out the cost of the D.A.R.E. program is shouldered by the city or county that chooses to administer the program with the help of their local law enforcement. So, there is no cost to the schools. What's even more surprising is the fact that national statistics show roughly 70 percent of U.S. schools participate in the D.A.R.E. program. This leaves a percentage of youth who do not receive the same education.

There are many arguments that D.A.R.E. has the opposite impact. Rather than encouraging prevention, some people feel D.A.R.E. provokes curiosity.

To me, I feel the D.A.R.E. program is important on many intangible levels.

For example, aside from educating youth about the dangers of drugs and substance abuse, the program brings law enforcement officers into the schools and makes them more approachable should a situation arise in the future.

If a school chooses not to participate in the D.A.R.E. program, then I think there needs to be a program in place that strives to address the issue of drugs and substance abuse.

While mom and dad are always going to have the greatest amount of influence on their children, we have to recognize that not every child is raised in the same household. Some kids can slip through the cracks if we are not paying attention.

Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time aft ..... 
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One moment, please... Standing out in a crowd, 6/6/11

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Ya know, I never realized how invaluable a small school learning environment was until I lived here.

Yes, my graduating class was 472 students, so I have a very ..... 
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Thanks for the memories....

Fri, May 27th, 2011
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Many of you are probably old enough to recognize the title as Bob Hope's theme song. The rest of you are thinking, "Bob who?" Well, I am old enough to not only remember Bob Hope but to have learned how to type on a manual typewriter, play 50's music ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-52947

Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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Try to forget about gasoline price wars

Tue, May 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As the prices for gasoline begin to creep toward the $4 per gallon mark, it appears that President Obama will get his wish for "gradual adjustment" to high gas prices.

When the truth is unveiled, citizens of this country are not adjusting in ..... 
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Bringing balance to our checkbook

Fri, May 13th, 2011
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Nearly a month ago Standard and Poors revised the outlook for the United States to negative from stable while reaffirming the triple A rating. The reason for the lower outlook on our country's debt is what the rating agency sees as an inability for ..... 
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Thankful Beyond Measure

Fri, May 13th, 2011
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For the past quarter century, Winona and southeastern Minnesota have given me tremendous gifts. When my husband Milt and I left the Navy in 1988, we found this quintessential Midwestern town along America's most beloved river. There was an opening a ..... 
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