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One Moment Please... Making history


Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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Based on the front page, does this newspaper look like it was sponsored by the "Obama in 2012" presidential campaign? Maybe I should have changed the masthead of this newspaper to Fillmore County Democrat.

I'll be quite frank and state that I have never been infatuated with celebrities or any famous person. I don't idolize them by any stretch of the imagination. They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like me.

However, I do have a tremendous amount of pride in being an American, and the arrival of the president of our nation to our region is an unbelievable event to observe. The President of the United States is deemed the most powerful person in the world. This person is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces, the second largest active military in the world. This person is the leader of what most people would say is the most influential country in the world.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or fill in the blank, regardless of your political views, having President Barack Obama visit Fillmore County should be considered quite an honor. I really thought there might be some opposition standing out on Highway 52 with signs protesting the president in some fashion. After all, an ongoing Gallup poll from the previous week showed President Obama's approval rating had hit a downward trending low point of 40 percent in days leading up to his visit to our area. We ran a similar poll on the homepage of www.fillmorecountyjournal.com to see how our website users viewed President Obama's performance, asking the question: Do you approve of how President Obama is running the country?

The results? As of press time, President Obama had a 55 percent approval rating on our interactive web poll. Our audience voted 15 percent above the Gallup polls.

While I am a big advocate of our freedoms, I was glad to see we didn't have any protestors setting up camp on Monday. I heard there were two factions protesting in Cannon Falls and Decorah. That would have made it a little awkward for those apolitical individuals who simply wanted to get a glimpse of Fillmore County's history in the making.

Yes, I am proud of how the people of our county gathered to greet the 44th President of the United States of America. And, I can pretty well guess that we had a variety of politically diverse voters standing along Highway 52 wavi .....
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America's financial troubles

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

America is in very serious financial trouble. Government spending is unsustainable and completely out of control. Yet politicians, especially liberal politicians, seem to think they can create an alternate reality by just continuing to spend more an ..... 
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Correction to August 8th Commentary

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In the commentary by Dr. Robert Sauer in the August 8 Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the tax increases of 1983 made under Ronald Reagan were the largest in American history. It should have read they were the largest peace time tax incre ..... 
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Choosing Mediocrity and Greed

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Dr. Robert Sauer

Before Governor Dayton capitulated to demands the state continue to operate on a budget that excoriates the backs of lower income Minnesotans' I wrote a commentary on the reasonableness of his proposals. They were based br ..... 
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Growth and grassless yards

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

We were in the midst of the worst heat wave in ten years, forecast to last at least a week. On the first Saturday of this stretch, my husband Art, his sister Susie and I traveled to Minneapolis to visit Art and Susie's brother Bob and his wife Bonni ..... 
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City mouse, country mouse

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I only recently realized, after living in these lovely hills for five years, that natives saying "they're from the cities" is not just an introduction, it's an inside curse. In these five years I've made many good friends and we have been able to le ..... 
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It's not JUST the budget

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As I began to write this commentary for the Journal, the State of Minnesota has been shut down due to failures of the legislative and executive branches to come to an agreement on finances. The reasons for this dilemma could be as simple as the past ..... 
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Progress?

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Wow. I did not realize that there are actually people out there who believe it is someone else's responsibility to take care of them. That would certainly not be the case in a Democratic Republic. I thought such people were an invention of Fox News ..... 
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Adherence to "No New Taxes Pledge," a threat to our state and our country

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As Minnesotans, we are getting hit with a double whammy of dysfunctional government. The inability of the two major political parties to work in concert causes unnecessary hardship, cost increases, and more inefficiency in government. Politicians ta ..... 
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