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Commentary: It’s time for an exit strategy for Iraq


Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”George Santayana

The 1968 Tet Offensive was the turning point in the Vietnam War, when the American public began to believe that the war was no longer winnable. The assault by the National Liberation Front, where 34 out of 44 provincial capitals in the south were attacked during the Vietnamese New Year holiday, showed that the enemy could move with impunity in the countryside. It also showed that the insurgency had the wide support of many of the Vietnamese people who were giving the enemy aid and comfort.It was after Tet that many Americans were no longer willing to support committing the necessary resources - both financial and human - to keep the south from falling into the hands of the communist north. In reality the Tet Offensive was a tactical military defeat for the insurgency. Not only was the enemy eventually repulsed, with great losses, but the failure of the countryside to respond to a “people’s revolt” and join in the offensive to re-unite their country was a devastating psychological defeat for the north.But all of that didn’t matter. Before Tet there was optimism that “we were winning the war”, but after January 1968, there was the sense that regardless of what we did militarily, we would never be able to “win the hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people. And that became the quagmire of Vietnam. It took another five years before American soldiers would leave Vietnam once and for all; it would be another two years after that before south Vietnam would eventually fall to the north.All of this is of course a preamble to the question - When will Americans lose the will to sustain a military war in Iraq? Can we really win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, and, if so, at what cost? Perhaps the cost is already too great. More than a 1,000 U.S. soldiers are dead and $200 billion in American tax dollars have been expended. For every American killed in the war, it is estimated that another 10 Iraqis have also died. And despite great expenditures of money, many parts of Iraq have little working infrastructure. Security issues dominate Iraq at the expense of rebuilding the war-torn country, establishing a working economy and moving the people toward democratic rule. Many experts believe that we have entered a guerrilla phase to the war, with an .....
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Level 3 Sexual Offender meeting set for Preston on Oct. 27

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

Jason Sveen, a level 3 sexual offender, is moving from his rural Lanesboro home to live in the city of Preston. A public notification meeting is a necessary part of the offender’s relocation process.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley paving to continue

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Lanesboro City Council opted to move forward on the paving of the alley south of the Church Hill Coop property at their regular meeting Monday, September 20th. When Northcountry developer Jeff Allman last visited the council on May 3rd, he said t ..... 
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DreamAcres gets Planning Commission approval to hold workshops

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
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A petition for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP governing an agricultural based seasonal school at DreamAcres, located in the NW1/4 of Sec. 8 in Fillmore Township (about seven miles East of Wykoff) wa presented by its petitioner Todd Juzwiak.
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Home & Garden Special Section

Fri, Sep 24th, 2004
Posted in Features

When Butch and Pam Niven looked at the wooded lot south of Highland in 1996, they decided it was just what they were looking for. Having a log cabin on the property was seen only as an added benefit. “We were just looking for the land,” says Butch, w ..... 
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County budget set at $20.4 million for 2005

Fri, Sep 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County budget will grow by about 3.79% in 2005. On Tuesday, the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners set the preliminary budget for 2005 at $20,421,852, up $748,562 from $19.6 million in 2004.

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Pechulis loses in primary election

Fri, Sep 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

Preston Mayor David Pechulis, running for Independent Party candidate for U.S. Representative in the first district, was defeated by candidate Gregory Mikkelson in Tuesday’s partisan primary election.

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Rushford City Council Report: Bluff site out – Industrial Park site to be investigated

Fri, Sep 17th, 2004
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While Mike Wish of GenSys came to the September 13th City of Rushford Council meeting to discuss the city opting out of MISO, he spent much more of his visit answering questions about the standby generator project. Mayor T.S. Roberton asked Wish if G ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Sep 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Timothy James Newman, 27, Mabel, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, September 13, with one felony count of assault in the second degree - dangerous weapon, stemming from an incident in Mabel ..... 
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