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Generally Speaking is the Voyageur's forum for columns, cartoons, and letters to the editor. Skeeter Tales by Joel Seibel is our very own locally produced cartoon. Columns include "Wright News" by Jennie K. Hanson, "Villa Vista News" by Renee Klejeski and "Slices of Life" by Jill Pertler. Views expressed in columns, cartoons, and letters represent the views of the authors.

 

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The compliance creations

Dodging the strom

Something to ponder

I like ... summer

The life of a lone sock

Split verses unanimous

The heart of a farmer

Saying what we mean

"Ish"- is that really us?

Things have been "testy" lately

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Why is it?

We live in a quirky, weird, sideways, upside-down world where some things just don‘t make sense – or they make too much sense to be sensible. As humans we often perpetuate the nonsense. We accept things for what they are and go about our business without question. But sometimes I wonder. About small things. Big things. Random things like:

Why do cats have to race you up the stairs? They can come out of nowhere just to get one step ahead of you. Sometimes my cats pause to let me nearly catch up before bounding upwards to beat me. Again.

When shopping online why are we required to put certain items in our cart in order to see their price while other items have their prices posted prominently?

If it’s a seedless watermelon, what did it grow from?

Why do we call them red cabbage and red onions when it’s obvious they are purple? Red grapes are more burgundy than red. Purple potatoes are actually purple – score one ...

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Other Columns

Dodging the strom

Something to ponder

I like ... summer

The life of a lone sock

Split verses unanimous

The heart of a farmer

Saying what we mean

"Ish"- is that really us?

Things have been "testy" lately

Guilty; even after proven innocent

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

The compliance creations

Big government regulates – industry complies – consumers pay. Many of the things the American consumer uses today are creations made to meet government regulations.

Last year I replaced three light bulbs in my garage. I used two of the new mercury laden fluorescent, long lasting bulbs and one incandescent bulb, all were 60 watt. Today, only the incandescent bulb is still producing light. I do not have the receipt, but I believe I paid several times as much for the fluorescent bulbs as I would have paid for two more incandescent bulbs. Now I have to dispose of two mercury laden bulbs in a safe way. The sooner these mercury containing bulbs go out of existence the better.

Mr. O’Connell the President of “Tesla”, the maker of the luxury electric-car, has called on Washington to increase the, already high, fuel-mileage requirements of the administration. The target for 2025 is 54.5 miles-per-gallon. O’Connell went on to criticize the other companies making electric-cars as “compliance vehicles” that are not “compelling” to consumers.

Every company making electric-vehicles are simply making compliance vehicles ...

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news photo
Other Columns

Something to ponder

I like ... summer

The life of a lone sock

Split verses unanimous

The heart of a farmer

Saying what we mean

"Ish"- is that really us?

Things have been "testy" lately

Guilty; even after proven innocent

Perceptions into realities

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Dodging the storm

We are at the lake and they are swimming – despite the gray clouds and looming weather, which threatens to dampen everything except their spirits. They seem oblivious to the oncoming onslaught, even though the air hangs heavy and dark, even though it is late afternoon – prime time for summer storms.

I walk down to the beach. They are as unaware of me as they are of the overcast sky. I sit on the dock with my toes in the water watching them jump and dive. Splashing. Laughing. Dunking each other the way brothers do.

The youngest looks up and sees me. “You don’t have to watch us,” he says.

He is right. They are old enough to swim together without me being right there. The days of required constant supervision are gone.

“I know,” I say. “I just want to.”

My son, familiar with my motherly weirdness, accepts my presence and goes on dunking.

Sometimes it’s like that. Motherhood. Parenthood. We sit and watch them because we want ...

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