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It may be up to us


Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our best intentions about health care may be a dream for another century. Who, really, is big enough to take on the most profitable industry in the economy? Taking on Wall Street bankers and the Auto Makers is baby food compared to Big Pharma and the insurance brokers. It might be up to us to save ourselves.

I've said before, and will bore you to death with the same question: What else would you purchase without a price tag and reasonable expectation? We buy liquor in a bar or restaurant without much of a price list, but we know what to expect from it.

How many drugs and diagnostics would we purchase if we knew the price and had to write out a check for them? Don't we all agree to these out of curiosity or fear? Our doctors are working from some fear as well. If they miss some exotic possibility, there will be a trial lawyer calling. So, we sit there together, in that little office, the doctor with fifteen minutes and the poor schmuck in the chair with a back ache or indigestion, ready to purchase thousands of dollars in labs and scans. The bills arrive long before the results,

We are barraged with pharmaceutical commercials that are as shameless as those convincing us that our toilet tissue should smell like fresh lilacs. Are you shy? Take a pill. Are you sad when your mother dies? Take a pill. Don't you want to play with your kids in the yard every summer moment? You are a lousy parent and better be medicated. And your less than stellar sex life? Don't even get me going on that!

Through the wonders of Big Pharma we have so artificially reduced cholesterol in the elderly, I want to be on board, with stock, when they discover that cholesterol had a purpose, after all, and develop a drug to reverse the effects of anti cholesterol drugs.

With the skyrocketing cost of insurance, we may be back to a time when insurance was called "hospitalization" and was designed for those life events that were truly emergent. Let's ready ourselves for making decisions like our parents and grandparents did. Won't the bleeding stop? Is she non responsive for more than two days?

Let's immunize all the children. Let's make sure no human is dying in pain. Let's prevent premature heart disease and stroke. Let mothers deliver healthy babies in clean and safe surroundings. Pull out all the stops for sick and injured kids. Let young adults get all the surgery and therapy they need to overcome traumatic injury.

Let's have a c .....
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The Monopoly game and economic recovery

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Americans seem to constantly ask the pressing question: of "When will economic recovery be accomplished?" We are not patient people and demand instant return to economic stability.

I recall from my past, the time spent playing that famous bo ..... 
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A New Year's resolution for politicians

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The last few years have been especially tough for many and for the country as a whole. I don't know if the last decade has yet been named, but "turbulent" would sum it up. We have endured two wars, 9/11 and the worst recession in history.

T ..... 
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One Moment Please - Constant reminders are important

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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

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Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Eunice Biel

Former Minnesota state Senator and Murdock area farmer David Frederickson

will become the new Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture when Mark Dayton

becomes the s ..... 
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Bullying has been around for awhile

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Peterson, MN

I asked a person employed by the Lanesboro school district, "What's going on with all the bullying?" He said it goes on in all schools way back from the time Moses came down from the mountain. I said I didn't think so, but remembe ..... 
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Conservative or Liberal?

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

By Col Stan Gudmundson, USAF (Ret)

If any of the following positions were part of a political platform, would they belong to a conservative or a liberal party?

- "All citizens must have equal rights and obligations."

- "The firs ..... 
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Clarification relating to December 20th Journal

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Phone: 507-251-5297

jsethre@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The following information is a clarification of articles and letters published in the December 20, 2010 Fillmore County Journal.

First, we apologize for an error in referenc ..... 
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Fixing Social Security

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Last time I ended my remarks promising to tell you about various ways to "fix" Social Security (SS). I am going to renege on that promise.

Firstly, SS is not broken, broke or even bent badly. It doesn't need complicated fixing. It has a larg ..... 
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