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Response to “A view of liberalism”...


Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

In Stan Gudmundson’s article, “A View of Liberalism,” he states, “I do not care for liberalism. Not at all.” Well, Mr. Gudmundson, I don’t care for conservatism. Not at all, especially the extreme right wing ideology that you appear to represent.

Mr. Gudmundson says liberals’ “solutions” to problems are “Just wrong.” Our Social Security System was a bad “solution?” Really? Medicare was a bad “solution?” I think Mr. Gudmundson would be hard-pressed to find even a handful of Republicans who would be willing to scrap either of these programs. Medicaid a failed “solution?” Problems, yes, but we, as a nation, would be much worse off without these programs. All three programs exist mainly because of liberal initiatives and show that our system of government cares about the elderly and the poor. I suspect that Mr. Gudmundson is no different than millions of other Americans who are taking full advantage of both Social Security and Medicare. Might there be just a wee bit of hypocrisy here?

Let’s just take a brief look at a few other government programs instituted over the years and initiated by liberals and largely resisted by conservatives: almost all of our labor and child labor laws, Freedom of Information Act, women’s right to vote, establishment of land-grant public universities, bank deposit insurance, Pell Grants, Americans with Disabilities Act, Securities Act and most banking regulations, Family and Medical Leave Act, Public Health Service and CDC, The Peace Corps, universal public education, the Civil Rights movement, Consumer Product Safety Commision, OSHA and workplace safety laws and the list goes on and on. All of these were liberal “solutions” to some kind of problem or deficiency in how we provide for and protect our citizens.

Clearly, Mr. Gudmundson, entrenched in his bitter right wing ideology, has not done his homework.

Herb Panko

Chatfield, MN
Hoffman Stables

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”

Wed, Feb 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, February 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chri ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ireland Ranee Delaney

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Big brother Dallas welcomes his baby sister, Ireland Ranee Delaney. Parents are Cameran and Ashlee Delaney of Chatfield, Minn. She was born on December 15, 2013. Ireland weighed 8 lbs. and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Russell and Cynthia S ..... 
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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store. The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Sadie Jeanine Berry

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Mitch and Brayonna Berry of Chatfield, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Sadie Jeanine. Sadie was born on January 11 and weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. She is welcomed by big sister Paisley Jo. Grandparents ar ..... 
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Chatfield hosts intimate performance

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Area residents were privileged guests at an intimate evening with artists Billy Dean and Dan Mahar on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The performance was for the most part acoustic with Dan playing some electric guitar during the show. While spending ..... 
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Mary Ellen Amundson

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Mary Ellen Amundson, 70, of Chatfield, Minn., died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary Ellen was born September 4, 1943 in Cresco, Iowa to Marvin and Olga (Benson) I ..... 
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Location an issue for Veterans Memorial in Chatfield

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 27 meeting of the Chatfield City Council an appropriate location for a Veterans Memorial proposed by the Chatfield American Legion Club was discussed at length. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Jerry Baudoin representing the Legi ..... 
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Fundraising concert brings back local favorites

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Progress Edition

When it comes to seeing your favorite artists in concert you don’t count the cost. Billy Dean will be performing once again in Chatfield, Minn. along with Dan Mahar, both who have become familiar faces in the area. Billy Dean has proven to be an ..... 
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