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One Moment, Please...How full is our cup?


Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

In a recent story coming from a Rochester-based media company, Cummins, a North American filter assembly operation located in Lake Mills, Iowa, will layoff 400 employees as part of a transition of operations to San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Obviously, this will have a devasting impact on the lives of those recently released employees and their families. I wish the best for all of them as they navigate the challenges of job displacement. It's not going to be easy, but the human spirit is a powerful thing.

What I find most interesting in these situations, since layoffs have been commonplace announcements in the news for the past 12 months, is how pessimistic many media companies have become.

We only ever hear about the layoffs. They are quick to announce the negative, but slow to follow up with those unfortunate people and see where they landed. Did they find another job? Or, are they lingering in the unemployment line with fingers crossed and a hole in their pocket?

Do you remember when the Spring Grove company Northern Engraving Corporation announced layoffs leaving 175 union employees jobless?

Well, seven months later, following mutually agreeable union and corporate contract negotiations, the Northern Engraving Corporation has rehired 135 of those original employees -- with plans of being up to full production capacity by January 1, 2010.

Now, the union employees did come back to work under the terms and conditions of a 10% decrease in compensation, but the good news is that the corporate big dogs also absorbed a 10% cut. So, at least there isn't the hypocrasy I have openly expressed as a concern in past commentary.

But, the long and short of it is that now they have a sign of hope. The majority of them are employed again, which is so important for reasons far beyond monetary needs.

What's my point with this reference?

How many of you had heard that Northern Engraving Corporation had laid off a huge percentage of their workforce? OK, now by a show of hands, how many of you heard that they were re-opening and re-hiring?

My guess is that there are fewer hands in the air on the latter question.

Those same media companies that pounced on the opportunity to tell all of us that the sky was falling neglected to share the good news at the same level of intensity.

It paints a very pessimistic picture, if you ask me.

I'm an optimist by nature and nurture -- thanks m .....
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One Moment, Please... MCA testing, bullying and our educators

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

First, I would like to congratulate two area high school students who were the ONLY two students who applied for the Fillmore County Journal scholarships offered in conjunction with the Journal Writing Project for the 2009-2010 school year. The appl ..... 
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One Moment, Please...The Economy - Part 3

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

During the past few weeks in this trilogy of my unsolicited rhetoric, I am concluding with a reference to healthcare reform. Yes, I've saved the best for last. Well, I'm not sure if it's the best, but it is certainly the most contentious.

The ..... 
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Fear is their only weapon

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I concluded sometime ago we do not send our best and brightest to either Washington or St. Paul. Health care reform debate confirms there are many villages in America that are not missing their village idiot because the voters in the villages keep s ..... 
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Hard to believe sometimes

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God." (Romans 8: 28)

As I drank my first cup of coffee this morning, I watched the birds at my feeders just outside the window. They were eating the smaller seeds whole, ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Economy - Part 2

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Cars. Cars. Cars.

They've been a part of my life ever since I can't remember. As a young boy, my dad let me pick out a Matchbox car quite often when we paid a visit to a store that offered them. Little did he know I'd be leaving them ..... 
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The swine flu saga continues

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
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Much has been made of the new "swine flu" because it is very similar to the virus that caused the pandemic flu of 1917-1920. That flu is estimated to have killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world. Only remote islands were sp ..... 
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The Sotomayor hearings were hardly 'oversight'

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
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Over four days of hearings into the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her 583 questions. Yet when they were done, we knew little more of importance than we did at th ..... 
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One moment, please... The Economy - Part 1

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It goes without saying that the state of our economy has impacted the lives of many, my immediate family included.

Within my own family, people have lost their jobs, taken on second jobs due to underemployment as a result of company cutbacks ..... 
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