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An old soldier speaks again


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Ron Scheevel

I never intended to write this many articles, but I think many things that I believe need to be brought up for discussion. You need not agree, please listen.

First of all, I’m a veteran and very proud of it. As a draftee, I didn’t have a lot of choice in serving, but I’m glad I did, as it gave me many experiences I would have missed otherwise. Now I don’t believe it was all good, but it helped me mature at an early age of 19. I really believe that all young Americans need to serve their county thru some kind of service. I also think that it does not need to be in a military capacity. I can understand fully the concept of conscientious objector, but service in the health care field, Peace Corps type service, or some type of community service should be mandatory. This may be a little socialistic, but our great country gives us so many opportunities; I think we should be able to give three to six months of our lives to public service.

The idea of public service really appeals to me now that our Armed Forces are now all volunteer. This small percentage of our population is doing all the work protecting us in these very turbulent times.

Another observation is lack of accountability in government. I think our local governments, townships, city councils, county commissioners, and employees generally do a good job on many complex issues. Sure there is debate, discussion, and disagreement, but the meetings are open and documented for all to see. Isn’t that how it was designed? Sometimes the debate gets contentious, occasionally nasty, but true citizen patriots keep it clean, know the facts and work to get others that believe as they do to join the discussion. As a member and past member of various boards and committees, I see the varied opinions brought forward make for better decisions. Not everything goes your way but the majority rules; once again the democratic process works.

The direction this is going is directed at our Federal government. First of all is the fraud and waste that seems to continue unchecked. I’ll comment on a few things I’m familiar with. You check the facts and make your own judgment. First, when I was in Vietnam in ‘67, our government was building a huge office building for our ambassadors, etc. in Saigon for a cost of about 30 million dollars. We were living in tin sheds or tents and the civilian contractors were getting big buck for being .....
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Thoughts on this and that

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Obama contends that he made a nuclear deal with Iran because the alternative is war. But Iran is already at war with the United States, they have declared it and make no bones about the fact that they are at war with us. But we pretend it isn’t ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Unemployment reality vs. statistics

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, June 2015 showed unemployment statistics of 3.9% for the State of Minn. The Midwest (12 states) average unemployment for the same period was 5.0%, while the national average unemployment hovered around 5.3% ..... 
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“Running Against the Facts!”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Recently Pope Francis, in a stunning papal encyclical, addressed the issue of global warming. He called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem. He observed that numerous scientific s ..... 
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One Moment, Please... What’s UP?

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

A couple of years ago, my wife purchased a Fitbit activity device to track her steps, sleeping habits, and food intake. I really didn’t pay much attention to it, but she was using it every single day. As time went on, she would have technical ..... 
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OP/ED: Rural broadband necessary, not just nice

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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By Lt. Governor Tina Smith In 1922, the Minneapolis Tribune ran an article touting the benefits of electricity. “Don’t sell your farm, but electrify it, is the message science sends to farmers. The day will come soon when farms are run by elect ..... 
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Confessions of an over-achiever

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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Ah, it’s beginning to be that time of year again: the mornings are getting a bit cooler, the apples are starting to come in... and yes, parents rejoice, soon it will be the time for your kids to head back to school because, before you know it, it ..... 
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On the road: SMIF stakeholders head west

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
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The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) serves 20 counties. While this is just a fraction of the state, it’s a large area: It takes over three and a half hours to drive from Springfield to Spring Grove - and that’s without road const ..... 
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Keeping Houston County citizens informed and involved

By Justin Zmyewski

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
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A series of monetary decisions leave Houston County tax payers vulnerable... Houston County has increased taxes by over $5 million in the last 10 years, most of that in what is considered the recession years. The county’s general fund (savings ..... 
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