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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 discusses recommended ordinance changes

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the annual meeting of the Chatfield City Council on January 12, City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office to Mayor Russ Smith and councilors Paul Novotny and Mike Urban. Each of the three had been re-elected in the general electio ..... 
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Glenn (Bud) David Nichols

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Glenn (Bud) David Nichols, age 93, of Chatfield, passed away on Monday, January 05, 2015 from complications of pneumonia at St. Mary’s Hospital with his daughter, Amy, by his side. He was born on September 17, 1921 to Robert and Nelva (David) Ni ..... 
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Gertrude “Trude” Thieke Weist

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Gertrude “Trude” Thieke Weist, 94, passed away December 31, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield surrounded by family. Gertrude was born June 15, 1920 in Nodine, Minn. to Fred & Lena Schroeder. Trude grew up in the Nodine ar ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy clerk

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield city council held on December 29, Nancy Timm was hired as the new deputy city clerk effective January 12, 2015. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Former deputy clerk Mary Peterson resigned to take a position ..... 
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Chatfield reduces 2015 proposed levy increase

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Two public hearings were held at Chatfield’s December 8 meeting. The first was an assessment hearing on the 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Projects. The last, was the city’s Truth In Taxation hearing. Properties along Bench Street had i ..... 
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Birth announcement - Maya Marie Olson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Maya Marie Olson was born November 24, 2014 to Matt and Lindsey Olson of Chatfield. Maya weighed 6 lb, 14 oz and was 19.5” long. Grandparents are Bill & Diane Wojtkiewicz of Preston, Glenda Olson of Spring Valley.

Helene C. Spelhaug

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Helene Carrie Spelhaug, a longtime Chatfield, Minn. resident died November 28, 2014 surrounded by family. She was 93. Helene Bailey was born Dec. 28, 1920, in rural Chatfield, Minn. to William and Bertha Bailey. She attended rural grade school and we ..... 
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