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Fired up


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

‘Tis the season. In the 2010 election, Congress was taken over by a group of politicians who are extreme in their beliefs and don’t represent the majority of the American people. The result has been gridlock in government, unparalleled in the history of our country.

As we approach the coming election, we are bombarded with lies and misinformation and charged with the difficult task of “separating the wheat from the chaff”! We are subjected to well worn myths.

The Republicans who claim to be the party of “fiscal responsibility” spent over 40 million dollars of tax payers money on the Whitewater investigation during the Clinton administration. They were delighted when the investigation expanded to include President Clinton’s indiscreet relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Newt Gingrich enthusiastically zoned in on the President’s infidelity. The fact that he himself was involved in an extra-marital affair didn’t slow him down. The world was coming apart. “The American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were simultaneously blown up by al-Qaeda. In Nairobi, 257 people were killed.” The media simply ignored the tragedy and concentrated on the president’s sex life.

Republicans promptly seized on President Clinton’s immoral behavior and created a new myth. They were the party of “moral and spiritual” values.

When the Bush administration came into office in 2001 they aligned themselves with the religious right. In “Porgy and Bess”, “Sporting life” preaches at a church picnic. He sings a song, “The t’ings dat yo li’ble to read in de Bible, it ain’t necessarily so.”

The Bush administration, when they came into office, chose to ignore the information concerning the threat posed by al-Qaeda and the Taliban. “Nine-eleven” happened on the Bush watch, dispelling another myth. Republicans have always claimed to be “strong on national security”.

The eight years of Bush- Cheney included two misguided wars, a major recession, the hurricane Katrina fiasco, a prescription drug program, and tax breaks for the rich. These misadventures contributed 5.1 trillion dollars to the national debt.

Under Reagan, federal spending rose to its highest level in relation to national output in American history. The income of the poorest 20% fell by more than a tenth during his Presidency. The top 20% increased by .....
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Anti-fracking laws vs. property rights

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Robert D. Culver of Houston, Minn. This is the headline of an article in the Wall Street Journal (8-1-14). I am a small property owner in Houston County and I thoroughly reject the growing intrusion of government at every level into our privat ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In the October 20 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, in the Working Women section, there was an error on page seven under the Gundersen Harmony Clinic staff photo. The names should have read: Back row L to R: Mary Fishbaugher, PL, Cheryl Hotvedt, ..... 
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Global warming

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Some time back a commentator wondered why otherwise intelligent people weren’t concerned about or didn’t believe in global warming or climate change or increasing carbon dioxide or some other environmental catastrophe lurking around the corner. ..... 
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New school proposal in the R-P district

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold of Rushford, Minn. As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor buildi ..... 
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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A bad deal

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jon Peterson of Peterson, Minn. A few final thoughts before the November 4th R-P school district vote: Administrators and certain organized groups of the R-P school district have WANTED a new school for 15 years; twice buying land without bei ..... 
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Support for Kaase

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Commentary

By Mike Ask of Lanesboro, Minn. I am a concerned citizen of Fillmore County and would like to express my personal feelings regarding the upcoming election for the position of Sheriff of Fillmore County. I started working as a Dispatcher/Jailer ..... 
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Make your vote count

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland of Rushford, Minn. When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000. The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that ..... 
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