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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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Relationships - reality?

Political Bargains

Too big to fail

Minimum Wage vs. Unemployment

A little Blarney for all

The veto of the Keystone Pipeline

I've gone Gaga

I'm hearing voices, and recognizing a few

We are the Nielsens

He took the money ... and has done something with it

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Shamrock Township “on the map”

Our satellite television provider defaults to the Twin Cities for our local channels. Some time ago, I noticed “Shamrock” on the map during the KARE 11 weather segments. That made sense as the lead meteorologist on the station has relatives with property on an area lake. A couple weeks ago, I noticed that Fox9’s weather map also showed Shamrock. I am not aware of any familial relationships in place at that station – but it may show who provides their weather map software!

This is nothing to be made light of. When WCCO’s Ralph Jon Fritz had a place on Big Sandy Lake, the area got some publicity opening fishing weekends with the channel four chopper parked on Fritz’s point. And, I don’t recall “Mean” Gene Okerlund ever mentioning the area on either Verne Gagne’s or Vince McMahon’s professional wrestling broadcasts that I viewed. To be fair, though, I did see Ralph Jon have Mean Gene on an episode of his show, for a pontoon ride interview, that aired on Saturday nights after the 10 p.m. news. (Are you old enough to remember Gene Leader on the old WDGY 1130 AM radio in the 1960s? Who’s Gene Leader? Hint: Maybe he should have gone by “Mean” Gene Leader.)

As you may have by now figured out, it doesn’t take a lot to get me distracted on a subject. So, I started to do some ...

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Other Columns

Political Bargains

Too big to fail

Minimum Wage vs. Unemployment

A little Blarney for all

The veto of the Keystone Pipeline

I've gone Gaga

I'm hearing voices, and recognizing a few

We are the Nielsens

He took the money ... and has done something with it

Images of the last week

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Relationships –– reality?

Have you ever thought about how much attention we give to love and relationships? The interesting thing, though, is comparing how much time we spend celebrating them when they work versus time spent observing them when they aren’t working so well. Consider the amount of “reality” TV airtime devoted to love and relationships. It all leaves me a little confused.

There are, of course, “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” shows. A combination of what now seems so tame The Dating Game, a Miss/Mister America pageant, and a soap opera where things don’t always end up “rosy,” if you catch my pun. ABC appears to use them to capture contestants for Dancing With the Stars.

Think about some of the new reality shows currently on TV. A new one, “Surviving Marriage,” has a couple stranded on an island, alone (except, of course for the camera person and maybe a producer), who must carry out a series of tasks to represent the things that need correcting in their relationship. At the end of the episode they decide whether to stay together or separate.

Another new one, “Married at First Sight,” is maybe the ultimate arranged ...

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news photo
Other Columns

Too big to fail

Minimum Wage vs. Unemployment

A little Blarney for all

The veto of the Keystone Pipeline

I've gone Gaga

I'm hearing voices, and recognizing a few

We are the Nielsens

He took the money ... and has done something with it

Images of the last week

Governing against the will of the people

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Political Bargains

A friend of mine once said, “It would be nice if politicians would wear jackets with the name of their sponsors written on them, like race car drivers, so everyone could see just who they represent. “ Yes, in a time when it takes “big money” to get elected – it would be nice to know just where that money came from. Senator John McCain said, “I have seen, in the Senate cloak room, a steak dinner promised for a vote on an important issue.” (Is the United States being governed by the golden rule? He with the gold rules.)

Many things are coming to light since Senator Harry Reid announced he will not run for reelection. One thing that is hard to understand is the outpouring of liberal praise to the Senate’s past majority leader. As Senate majority leader, Senator Reid is second only to President Obama in the responsibility for the present Republican majority now in control of the Senate.

Many political analysts have wondered why the majority leader was willing to use the Senate to protect President Obama even when it was hurting the political electability of many Senate Democrats. Even harder to understand is the reason Democratic Senators were in lock step with Senator Reid’s leadership. Well, the answer ...

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