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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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Giving means different things to different people

On the road again

The 3Rs need the 3Cs

Calendar captain surrenders the helm

Black swans, in theory and in person

Our new garage door

When is a Law only a Suggestion?

Is Everlasting Peace an option?

They said what?

The day they tried corn

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

State’s Rights

Seventeen states have sued the federal government through the federal court in Texas over President Obama’s plan to “unilaterally suspend the immigration laws as applied to 4 million of the 11 million” illegal aliens in the United States. An interesting thing about the lawsuit is that it is not about immigration, but “the rule of law.”

The prime evidence being used in filing this case is the President’s own statements, “I am not King”; that he could not “do these things just by myself;” and that the immigration law is “very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration systems that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.” The most damning evidence came with his declaration, “What you’re not paying attention to is, I just took action to change the law.”

According to Hans von ...

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Other Columns

On the road again

The 3Rs need the 3Cs

Calendar captain surrenders the helm

Black swans, in theory and in person

Our new garage door

When is a Law only a Suggestion?

Is Everlasting Peace an option?

They said what?

The day they tried corn

Living quiet in a noisy world

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Giving means different things to different people

As the holiday season accelerates, and the experts opine about the success of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, stores opening on Thanksgiving, and then predict the holiday shopping season overall – leading to commentary on the U.S. economy – Giving Tuesday was has entered into the conversation.

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y (Jewish philanthropic group from New York) and the United Nations Foundation to “celebrate generosity and to give” (givingtuesday.org), in order to contrast the commercialization that has overtaken the Thanksgiving weekend and holiday season. It has been updated now to #Giving Tuesday - the hash tag added for current social media attention. Various companies have jumped in to sponsor activities and events and the media has embraced the day.


Thanksgiving was originally a day set aside to reflect and give thanks. For those of the Christian persuasion, Advent is a time of reflection and preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The current issue of Catholic Online features the verse from the Biblical book of Acts about it being better to give than receive.

It’s an interesting contrast isn’t it? A day created to emphasize generosity and giving ...

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

news photo
Other Columns

The 3Rs need the 3Cs

Calendar captain surrenders the helm

Black swans, in theory and in person

Our new garage door

When is a Law only a Suggestion?

Is Everlasting Peace an option?

They said what?

The day they tried corn

Living quiet in a noisy world

The War on Poverty

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

On the road again

By the time this column is published, we will have returned from a Thanksgiving trip to Philadelphia to visit our son and daughter-in-law. For the second year in a row, the drive through Wisconsin featured snow.

To occupy ourselves during the drive, we have, in prior years, kept track of license plates, evaluated Target versus Wal-Mart trucks, and last year counted UPS versus FedEx trucks. So, we were a bit challenged this year in coming up with a new activity.

My bride would be happy with books on tape, but I am not capable of that. I can listen, or I can pay attention to driving, but I can’t do both. It has been determined that paying attention to driving was a higher priority. So, prior to running into the snow, we saw a deer that had met its maker on the side of the road. There you go, what better endeavor than to keep track of road kill!

The snow began after that first deer. In addition to the snow, the wind was as strong and gusty as I have driven in. While wishing on the one hand for our truck with its four-wheel drive, the lower profile provided by our compact rental car seemed helpful. As we continued east, the quarry we counted changed from animal to mechanical. The off-the-road, succumbing to the elements ...

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