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Flights of consciousness before sleep


Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I don't seem to be able to control my thoughts before I fall asleep. At the risk of being labeled a misogynist, I must admit I have been thinking about Michele Bachmann's historical error of claiming the "founders" worked tirelessly to end slavery, especially John Quincy Adams. John Quincy was not a founding father. She also claimed John Adams was an important member of the Constitutional Convention. He was in Britain as our representative all during the Constitutional Convention.

Then there was the claim Sarah Palin answered a question about the "under God" part of the pledge of allegiance. She answered that it was the wishes of the founding fathers and she would defend it and all of the rest of the Constitution (paraphrased). It is not a part of the Constitution, and I did not say "under God" when reciting the pledge in school because it was added after I graduated from high school.

"Those that cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana's aphorism kept running through my head. Then it occurred to me that it is unfair to condemn these ladies for their lack of historical recall from high school American history classes. They may have had a lousy experience in those classes.

If there is any thing to learn from this, it would be to say, "I don't know" or "Let me check on that and get back to you." The problem here is both of these ladies were not taking a closed book test. Bachmann's mistake was in a prepared speech (fact checking on history is relatively easy), and Palin's was a written questionnaire. This led me down the lane to politicians' egos. My family has often heard me say, "When a politician ever answers a question with 'I don't know' or 'I'll have to study up on that' they will have likely secured my vote."

Somehow this brought me around to who are we to hold the politicians feet to the fire on remembering history. It appears the voters in the last election believe our history stopped right after the Constitution was ratified and started up again on January 21, 2009 right after the inauguration of Obama. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the deficits, the National debt, the recession (started in 2007), the housing bubble (started in G. H.W. Bush's tenure) and the TARP bailout (signed in October 2008 by G. W. Bush) became Obama's doing. To top it off, the voters two years later gave the keys to the financial bus to the same people who drove it into the ditch in the first place. It had to be .....
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Green Acres Property tax law gets pruned

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jeremy Miller, State Senator for Minnesota District 31

In addition to the primary tasks of balancing the budget and putting more Minnesotans back to work, there are a number of other initiatives that we are occupied with in St. Paul. Withi ..... 
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A new way of being

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Deer appear in our yard in Preston at dusk and dawn and sometimes during the day. They eat the bark of our trees, nibble the needles of our evergreens, eat the sunflower seeds we put out for the birds and, in the summer, help themselves to our garde ..... 
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A new way of being

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Deer appear in our yard in Preston at dusk and dawn and sometimes during the day. They eat the bark of our trees, nibble the needles of our evergreens, eat the sunflower seeds we put out for the birds and, in the summer, help themselves to our garde ..... 
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One moment, please... Our president

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

In my opinion, our president doesn't get paid enough! As matter of fact, our president doesn't get paid at all. No, I'm not talking about the President of the United States of ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Our president

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In my opinion, our president doesn't get paid enough! As matter of fact, our president doesn't get paid at all. No, I'm not talking about the President of the United States of America. Obama clears over $400,000 per year - for the rest of his life. ..... 
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A new way of being

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Deer appear in our yard in Preston at dusk and dawn and sometimes during the day. They eat the bark of our trees, nibble the needles of our evergreens, eat the sunflower seeds we put out for the birds and, in the summer, help themselves to our garde ..... 
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Rep. Davids responds to State of the State Address

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said Governor Mark Dayton gave an interesting State of the State Address on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representative recently.

Davids said the governor outlined many areas whe ..... 
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One Moment Please - Cruelty to Animals?

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Publisher of the Fillmore County Journal, cell phone: 507-251-5297

This past week has been interesting to say the least. On Monday, I received a phone call from someone in Wykoff expressing their concern for an advertisement that ran in the M ..... 
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