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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Erding’s rebuttal


By Herb Panko

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Commentary



I generally do not respond to rebuttals to my articles as I feel that such replies are of little value. However, in this particular instance I am making an exception, since Jeff Erding sardonically invites me to do so at the end of

his rebuttal (FCJ, 1-12-15) by saying, “Keep writing, Mr. Panko.” Well, Mr. Erding, I have decided to honor your request.

In Mr. Erding’s rebuttal he either ignores the issues I discussed or dances around them. In fact, he does not directly or effectively counter even one single issue that I presented for the reader to address. Let’s look at a couple of issues that I presented and his not so subtle evasive tactics in addressing them. One of the points that I presented was in response to his position that any form of socialism is always bad. I countered that we already have forms of socialism in this country such as Social Security, Medicare, and public education among others.

What was Mr. Erding’s response? He indicates my examples show how “the tentacles of socialism are slowlybut surely winding around the throats of American citizens threatening to destroy the best and brightest nation in world history.” Wow! The reader will recognize this as another evasive and disingenuous ploy. When you don’t have a good counter-argument, respond with embellished, flowery, patriotic language and hope this will fool the reader. But I have a question for Mr. Erding. Do you really think those on Social Security and Medicare are actually feeling strangled by the “tentacles of socialism” and wish those programs would go away? I seriously doubt that.

Another point Mr. Erding avoids addressing directly is the

issue of gun control. Since most anti-gun control people try to make the public believe that those in support of gun control want to take all guns away, I asked him to name just one gun control organization that advocates removing all guns from the average citizen, even those used for hunting. He avoids this request completely since he knows he has no credible response.

But probably Mr. Erding’s most egregious reply to an issue I presented was his response to a white police officer who resigned from the force because of the institutional racism exhibited by many of his fellow officers. His reply? He called it “a cute little story”. So incidents or situations that involve racism are just “cute” stories? How unbelievab .....
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Chatfield considers engineering proposals

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

At the October 27 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors discussed two engineering proposals. The objective of the first proposal is to solve the freezing problem of the north bio-solids tank. The purpose for the second proposal is improvement of ..... 
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Chatfield’s heartfelt thanks to legislators

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

After repeated attempts over the years to secure state funding for the renovation of the Chatfield Center for the Arts, the tenacity of a dedicated group of the center’s promoters paid off. Legislators who were instrumental in getting the Center f ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids ..... 
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