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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:11 AM

The general election is almost here. It’s a time of year most people despise, except those who are running for office and the very few who thrive on politics.

  • Politicians give us all sorts of things to fear: Ebola, illegal immigrants, terrorists, extremists in the other party that jeopardize our lives and the list could go on. Yet, the scariest things are the ones we don’t see coming at us.

     
  • The general election is almost here. It’s a time of year most people despise, except those who are running for office and the very few who thrive on politics.

     
  • The first thing that strikes most people living in our area when they encounter Vera Ndumbe walking into a room is her dark, black skin. The first thing that strikes most people when she opens her mouth is the British-like accent of her native African country of Cameroon, which was once a colony of the United Kingdom.

     
  • The candidates taking part in a forum in Spring Valley last week — the only public forum in Fillmore County this election cycle — tended to agree on most issues raised, with only subtle differences in opinion. Since the questions came from the public, it would indicate there are no burning issues that are separating citizens, or candidates, in the county. For those divisions you have to get more local to items, such as the referendum in the Rushford-Peterson school district or the actions of the Wykoff City Council regarding its previous mayor.

     
  • Once again, many of our athletic teams are having outstanding years. Although it is too early to determine if any of them will make a run to the state tournament, several programs are creating a lot of excitement in the communities throughout our area.

     
  • Minnesota routinely leads the nation in voter turnout for elections. That has given the state an image of an engaged, politically aware population.

     
  • It’s always interesting which columns generate conversation, at least conversation that makes it back to my ears. The feedback from last week’s column on the responsibility of the press was surprising.

     
  • I’ve been in frequent conversations with our Minnesota Newspaper Association attorney over the past few months. He’s a nice guy and I always enjoy talking to him, but the multiple conversations aren’t social calls; they have been necessary due to the passion of our contributors to our opinion page.

     
  • Factory closings or job transfers, such as what is happening with Rochester Medical in Stewartville, which is losing at least 60 jobs to Mexico in 2015, always make an impact. The grim news makes headlines and gets people talking about the decisions that have quite an effect on the local economy.

     
  • It’s unlikely that Ferguson, Mo., has a Shop With a Cop program. It’s not that this program alone would have prevented the violence that recently marred the community after the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer, but the absence of a program like this is revealing.

     
  • Ebola is a scary virus disease that prompts fear in people across the globe.

     
  • For most Minnesotans, Tuesday, Aug. 12, was just an ordinary day. Only about one out of every 10 state residents was expected to take time to vote in the state’s primary election.

     
  • A local couple “eloped” last month. One was 83 and the other 89 years old. They didn’t submit a wedding announcement to our newspaper, so all the details aren’t available, but the event is of quite a bit of interest in the community. 
  • A friend of mine from Rochester questioned me the other day about the Fillmore County Relay for Life after reading about the event, asking how it was possible that this worthy cause raised more than $136,000. After all, Fillmore County doesn’t have a lot of population — there are just over 8,000 households — and it doesn’t have a lot of wealth — the median household income is well below the average in Minnesota. 
  • As my wife and I were taking shelter in the concourse at Target Field Monday, July 14, a man with damp clothes said, “The Metrodome wasn’t so bad now was it?” His comment made me pause, but didn’t change my mind that Target Field is far superior to the indoor multi-use stadium that has now been torn down. 
Ebola

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