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Generally Speaking – Columns

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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Life is nothing if not ironic

Isn't nonessential an intereting word?

Denial is deadly

All day, every day

Beware the Ides of March

Income Inequality

Age brings differentiated attention

Overwhelming

"Nothing endures but change"

Social Security

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Understanding “The law”

After reading the transcript of the debate between the Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Alito in U.S. vs Texas, the only conclusion one can reach is that if we were all lawyers, no one would be able to interpret the true meaning of the law. It is that confusing and one has to bet on a 4-to-4 non-decision by the Supreme Court.

On Monday April 18, 2016 the U.S. vs Texas came before the Supreme Court. Where 26 States have sued the Obama Administration for having declared millions of foreign nationals who are illegally in the United States may stay here, work here and acquire eligibility for Social Security, disability and Medicare.

Verrilli told the Court, “The States are fundamentally wrong to claim the Guidance confers on aliens whose presence Congress deemed unlawful with the right to remain in the United States.” He went on to say, “Aliens covered by the Guidance, like all aliens are afforded deferred action, are violating the law by remaining in the United States and are subject to removal proceedings at the government’s discretion, and gain no defense to removal.”

The point the Solicitor General was making that is the administration was not granting foreign ...

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Other Columns

Isn't nonessential an intereting word?

Denial is deadly

All day, every day

Beware the Ides of March

Income Inequality

Age brings differentiated attention

Overwhelming

"Nothing endures but change"

Social Security

Bouncing our way around ... intentionally

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Life is nothing if not ironic

As one gets older, the number and types of ironies that life presents are interesting. After writing about public health issues in the last two issues of the Voyageur Press, I had the opportunity last Sunday to experience area health care delivery up close and personal.

Late in the morning, I started to experience some pain, which increased to the point it led to multiple reversals of my peristaltic waves. An initial temptation was to blame the French toast I had made for breakfast. But, my bride ate the same French toast and was doing just fine. Our first response was an ice pack, which seemed to help a little, but the ibuprofen bailed out, so to speak, before having an effect. After fighting things for a while, we decided it was time to call the nurse hotline at Riverwood Healthcare Center.

While awaiting their post-intake return call, things got worse leading us to conclude it was time to head to the ER as there was a two-part need – relief of pain and an anti-nausea remedy.

I received immediate attention upon arrival. The A Team was on duty. An initial challenge was attempting to answer, “On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your level of pain?” The best I could do was, “Well, it’s not absolutely unbearable, so it’s not a ...

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news photo
Other Columns

Denial is deadly

All day, every day

Beware the Ides of March

Income Inequality

Age brings differentiated attention

Overwhelming

"Nothing endures but change"

Social Security

Bouncing our way around ... intentionally

A Free Market Works

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Isn’t nonessential an interesting word?

The word nonessential was in the news as Governor Dayton has prohibited such travel to North Carolina and Mississippi in response to laws each state has recently passed. My thinking was focused on the word “nonessential” and not on the governor’s rationale for imposing the ban. The curmudgeon arose initially in my private consideration of this action and I must admit that my first response was to think that taxpayer money should not be supporting any travel, anywhere that is nonessential.

As I thought about it more, the issue, like most, became more nuanced.

Essential activities are those that need to occur. Our friend Webster gives a definition of “something necessary, indispensible or unavoidable.” When looking up essential governmental services on the Internet, they were principally related to the federal government. After not finding a successful Internet object relating to state government, I went to the Sate of Minnesota’s website. The tabs available for search included: Education, Government, Health & Safety, Natural Resources, Social Services, Transportation and Travel & Leisure. Presumably, there would be essential and nonessential responsibilities and duties under each category.

There have been multiple times where we ...

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