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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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The pitching machine

Leaving for vacation

And then there was ... the plan

Interesting budget reporting

2014 products of the year ... hmm

Things we should do more often

Climate change, phenomenon

That's entertainment

A simple trip to the mall

February, where did it all go wrong?

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

A model for everyday

Have you ever thought of the word “model,” and all the variations the word can have? I hadn’t, until getting asked to model for the ANGELS Spring Style Show. With some encouragement from a friend, the experience got me thinking about the word model, and its derivatives.

One definition of model was “someone paid to wear clothes.” Well, notwithstanding the event that got me pondering the word, that’s obviously not in the cards for yours truly. I know there’s a show somewhere on TV, “America’s Top Model,” but I didn’t think I’d learn much from watching it. The make-up application part would be intimidating. Anyway, the style show went fine; the audience was forgiving of an amateurish effort.

But what about some of those other uses of the word? There are role models; model citizens; model cars and railroads; models of cars, boats, computers and a wide variety of other things; 3-D models; and modeling clay among many other twists and turns the word can take.

Growing up, I certainly had role models. They had names like Killebrew & Allison, back in the days before pro athletes were stating they should not be considered role models, many for good reason. My bride was a solid role....

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news photo
Other Columns

Leaving for vacation

And then there was ... the plan

Interesting budget reporting

2014 products of the year ... hmm

Things we should do more often

Climate change, phenomenon

That's entertainment

A simple trip to the mall

February, where did it all go wrong?

The thoughts during the speech

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

The pitching machine

In the March 1st edition of the Wall Street Journal Peggy Noonan compared the Obama Administration to an out of control pitching machine. My reaction was, “My feelings exactly.”

What stories should one cover? This month Attorney General Holder asked federal judges to reduce the sentences for people found guilty on charges relating to Marijuana. That is after he told Federal Judges to reduce charges for people dealing Crack Cocaine to the level of punishment for people dealing marijuana. His action, if followed, will put an end to the very successful mandatory sentencing law authored by Senators Ted Kennedy and Jessie Helms in 1986. The mandatory sentencing law has been credited with reducing the power of drug lords in New York City and cutting the murder rate in half.

No one has been able to keep the public informed on the ramifications of Obama’s 37 changes to the ObamaCare law. The details of what happened in Bengasi are still unknown. The investigation of individuals and organizations targeted by the IRS is stalled with Lois Lerner constantly “pleading....

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news photo
Other Columns

And then there was ... the plan

Interesting budget reporting

2014 products of the year ... hmm

Things we should do more often

Climate change, phenomenon

That's entertainment

A simple trip to the mall

February, where did it all go wrong?

The thoughts during the speech

It ain't easy being green

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Leaving for vacation

The hardest part about going on vacation is getting going. The energy and effort required to plan and pack can leave you weary and in need of a vacation – especially if you fulfill the role of predominant packer for your pack.

At my house, vacation preparation involves approximately 2,537 unique tasks. My husband is responsible for a number of them – filling the vehicle’s gas tank, mapping our course on the atlas, carrying the cooler up from the basement and bringing the luggage out to the car. For those who are counting, that makes four. Those good at math realize that leaves me with the other 2,533.

Ignore my bitterness. It’s unfounded. Most families divide duties in a way that works for them. My husband does many things to make sure our house runs smoothly. He cooks. He vacuums. He empties. He restocks. He loads and unloads numerous appliances. He flushes things that need flushing. He even makes me coffee each morning.

When it comes to packing, however, I am queen rat. Thing is, occasionally I take on more....

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