Boots & Badges
 
Letterwerks Sign City
 
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | > | >>

Rights and responsibilities


By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

When I was quite young and wanted to talk about my rights and freedom, my mother said you can’t have rights and freedom without responsibilities. No one’s freedoms include the right to take someone else’s rights. Every right or freedom comes with a responsibility.

The right to live in a democracy comes with the responsibility to be informed and participate. If you will not accept that responsibility you do not deserve democracy. If government does not function correctly it is because we citizens allow it not to. The purpose of government is to improve the quality of life of the citizens and to do things in the common interest that individuals are unable or unwilling to do on their own. This implies a focus on the common good and long term thinking. Individuals and businesses are by nature self-interested and focused on short term gain. Government must act as a counter balance.

Unfortunately, government has been largely captured by big business and a few wealthy and powerful individuals who want to manipulate OUR government for their gain. It is our responsibility to create the political revolution that will take back OUR government. Our right to self-government has the responsibility of activism. Ignorance and apathy are the real enemies of democracy. Those in power are depending on our apathy to maintain the status quo.

There is a hierarchy of rights. We typically think of rights to free speech, religion, voting etc. But more basic than that is the right to clean air, water, healthy food, nature, beauty, privacy, and justice.

From an evolutionary perspective, success is not merely survival; it is survival of future generations. Since we will not be around to protect future generations, what we can do is pass on an intact ecosystem that will allow for their survival. This responsibility is called stewardship.

“Take care of the land, and it will take care of you. Take what you need from the land, but need what you take.” Aboriginal Law

Of course we must also limit growth to what our ecosystem can support. This is antithetical to capitalism which demands continuous growth and privatizing the commons to allow exploitation to maximize return on capital. This policy benefits only a few because most citizens have little to no capital. Is it time to consider planet over profit and people before profit?

If we want the .....
[Read the Rest]

Senator speaks to local Chamber of Commerce

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce held a meeting Thursday, June 30, at the Andor Wenneson Inn in Peterson. Chamber members were privileged to hear Senator Jeremy Miller speak to several topics regarding the state ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Semcac marks 50th anniversary with July 12 open house

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, MN – Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966; this year marks Semcac’s 50th anniversary of helping people. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight Am ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Pictures from Bridgecreek Country School donated to R-P Schools

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Liz (Pederson) Howe donated pictures that hung in the Bridgecreek Country School to Rushford-Peterson Schools. Both pictures are in memory of Walter, Gladys and Ken Howe. Liz is a 1966 graduate of the Rushford Schools. Rushford-Peterson Schools i ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Rushford-Peterson Class of ‘66

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

The Rushford-Peterson Class of 1966 held their 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, June 26. Their festivities consisted of a bonfire at David and Willa Holger’s farm, a tour of the Rushford Historic Museum and the Rushford-Peterson School, lunch at N ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Rushford pushes back project decision

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner A decision on the proposed 2016 Street and Utility Improvement Project has been tabled again by the Rushford City Council. The council has discussed the matter at length ever since the April 11 public hearing and has been met wi ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Engagement ~ Salwey-Duncanson

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Marty and LeAnn Salwey of Rushford Minn., are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel, to Michael Duncanson, son of Daniel and Lynda Duncanson of Winona, Minn. Rachel graduated from Lewiston-Altura High ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Rushford-Peterson implements new technology option

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner At the Monday, June 20 R-P School Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a new 1:1 Initiative Program. Working to put technology in the hands of R-P students, grades 9-12, the program is a partnership with Best Bu ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Darlene Marie Sommers

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Darlene Marie Sommers (Allen), 77, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Gundersen Health System. Darlene was born July 23, 1938 to Vernon and Violet (Wright) Allen. She graduated from West Concord High School in 1956 and moved to Rochester to w ..... 
[Read the Rest]
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | > | >>
Studio A Photography