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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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Off to Mars

Undebatably, a real winner

A brave granddaughter goes camping with the old guy and his dog

Corruption

Who is Hillary Clinton

Is it still fair?

A double standard

The Olympics reflect life

Managing the minority

My monthly calendar is off

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Observations

Jan and I just returned from a three-week working vacation. We traveled by car and off the freeway system whenever time would allow. The joy of traveling on two lane roads is one can see country life. Freeways are like driving through a large city, one does not get a chance to view different scenery.

On two-lane roads one sees lawn signs, especially in an election year. One also gets to eat at “Mom & Pop” restaurants. One definite drawback is finding a motel; motels are clustered around freeways and especially around intersecting freeways. So, by late afternoon, one must be close to a freeway.

It was very interesting to observe the political yard signs. We started out leaving Minnesota to travel across Wisconsin and Illinois. There were many yard signs for local politicians but almost none for either presidential candidate. As we passed into Indiana we started to see a few Trump-Pence signs. After leaving Minnesota the first Clinton bumper sticker we saw also had a Trump bumper sticker on the same bumper.

Crossing into Kentucky we saw that many local politicians were supporting coal and bringing jobs back to the coal industry. We saw several Trump signs saying Trump understands the need for the coal industry. As we crossed into Tennessee we saw very few signs for either presidential ...

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Other Columns

Undebatably, a real winner

A brave granddaughter goes camping with the old guy and his dog

Corruption

Who is Hillary Clinton

Is it still fair?

A double standard

The Olympics reflect life

Managing the minority

My monthly calendar is off

Every vote matters

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Off to Mars

A couple stories circulated today that reminded me of the old cliché about men being from Mars and women from Venus, taken from a book of the same name. One story related to a recent study that concluded, in parenting, dads are happier than moms. Along the same gender difference continuum, another recent study concluded that male squirrels are lazier than female squirrels.

The women reading this column may not find any earth-shattering news in either study. But for we guys, it is worth pondering – assuming we can do said pondering without great personal discomfort.

The first study was conducted by a group representing Cornell University, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Population Center. Ah, the Ivy League meets flyover country. The results were published in the “American Sociological Review” (phys.org). The study used time diaries to track the action. Mothers reported more stress and greater fatigue than did fathers. While both parents reported enjoying being with their kids, moms reacted to doing “more of the ‘work’ and less of the ‘fun’ parenting tasks.”

This makes sense to me. I plead guilty to having been less involved than I could have been when our kids were growing up. I tended to ...

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news photo
Other Columns

A brave granddaughter goes camping with the old guy and his dog

Corruption

Who is Hillary Clinton

Is it still fair?

A double standard

The Olympics reflect life

Managing the minority

My monthly calendar is off

Every vote matters

All lives matter

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Undebatably, a real winner

Tuesday night, after the first presidential debate was over, I was viewing the post-debate reviews, wrap-ups and interviews. There, I saw an interview with a fellow who was a clear winner. See if you can guess who I’m talking about.

This gentleman followed his father’s footsteps into real estate. He built a tremendous global brand identity that became incorporated into his real estate development projects; and his name has become attached to a line of clothing, recreational equipment and a liquid refreshment. He has developed property on a world-wide basis. His competitiveness was off-the-charts. He has appeared frequently on television. He hob-knobbed with political leaders and royalty over a period of years. He is widely regarded for his business acumen and the risks taken over the years.

Any guesses who I’m talking about? Here’s another clue: He was married more than once. The interviewer was Charlie Rose on PBS and the conversation was on his after-the-debate program.
The interview was recorded in 2011. The interviewee was Arnold Palmer. In the interview with Charlie Rose, Mr. Palmer was the epitome of class and humility. He talked about going to work with his father, a greenskeeper, at about two years of age to take some child-rearing heat off ...

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