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Look up, Americans, it’s not as bad as you think


By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary



We are one glum country.

Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal poll found that the one thing Americans agree upon whatever their race or circumstances is that the system is stacked against people like them.

Scratch an American, it seems, and you’ll get a litany of complaints about our representative democracy.

I see this defeatism all around me. When I speak to classes of university students, I almost always ask for a show of hands on whether these young people believe the U.S. is in decline or on the rise. Every time, the room is evenly split. That’s a lot of people who are losing faith in our system.

So I have just one thing to say: Could we all take a deep breath?

For one thing, we deal with our challenges from a position of strength. We have friendly neighbors to the north and south, oceans to the east and west, and a growing, relatively young population. We possess abundant natural resources, the world’s most capable military force, a nuclear arsenal second to none, and a deterrent power envied by every other country on earth. We face no existential threat from foreign powers. We can choose the role we want to play in the world.

We created the major mechanisms for world stability — the United Nations, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank — and we still help maintain them. We lead the way in pressing for open markets and free trade. Our fundamentals — from our military to our technology to our system of higher education — remain strong. We’re doing better economically than any other major industrialized nation, and have put more people back to work since the recovery began than the rest of the industrialized world combined. Does that sound like a once-great nation on its knees?

Our people possess strengths in abundance. We have a remarkable reservoir of talent both in the workforce and, to judge by the students I encounter every day, preparing to enter it. We’re blessed with a strong entrepreneurial tradition that nurtures inventiveness and creativity, and that draws countless people from abroad eager to make something of their future. Though we’re hardly perfect on this score, we have friends across the glob .....
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One Moment, Please... Small box vs. small business

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Did you partake in Small Business Saturday and support your locally owned businesses while getting some great deals on gifts for Christmas? I sure hope so. You’ll see an ad that we publish in our newspaper on a regular basis, and here’s what ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Turkey Day Run was no gravy train

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

The sixth annual Fillmore County Turkey Day run, this year, was not for the casual weekend warrior. This was the coldest Thanksgiving Day on record, hence it was the coldest event in the short history of our run. At the start of the run, the temp ..... 
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What lies ahead

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It’s the next few weeks an ..... 
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Thanks and giving

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

This time of year, there is one thing on many of our minds: food. Here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), we are especially interested in food, as we just wrapped up the first annual FEAST Festival and Tradeshow in Rochester in ea ..... 
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The Six Amendments

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

In 1787, 55 delegates from 13 states gathered in Philadelphia and framed what became the Constitution of the United States. When the Constitution was written, compromises were made that were certain to require change in the future. Slaves were incl ..... 
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Depredation tags

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Ah, it’s finally deer season! A time of year thousands of us live for and dream about for the other 11 months of the year. Here in South East Minnesota we are blessed with a healthy deer herd. But not everyone here is in love with this beautifu ..... 
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Viewing political corruption more broadly

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widesprea ..... 
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Tin can cranberries

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Commentary

Thanksgiving was always a big holiday for my family. As a group of seven surviving against the odds as Bear fans raised in the heart of Packer country, family was of the utmost importance. We never really stayed in one place to become established thr ..... 
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