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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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It is easy being green?

The one that didn't get away

An eye-opening pep talk

Understanding "The law"

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

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

It’s come home to roost

There is no denial that the Republican establishment’s betrayal of their supporters created the setting for the rise of an “outsider” to become the standard barrier for the Republican Party. The vast majority of primary voters voted for a non-establishment candidate in the nation’s primaries. Ohio is the only state that was won by an establishment candidate, that victory came to the sitting governor of Ohio.

Now the Republican establishment has to put into prospective that refusing to vote for Trump, is in reality a vote for the Democratic candidate, be that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. It happened in 2012 where Obama was reelected with fewer votes than John McCain received in 2008. Many Republican voters that voted in 2008 simply did not vote in 2012, thus handing a victory to Obama.

A non-vote is a vote for the opponent. So ... what one has to hope is that voters will look beyond the two candidates in this November’s election and vote the party’s platform. That brings up another problem – neither apparent candidate ...

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Other Columns

The one that didn't get away

An eye-opening pep talk

Understanding "The law"

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

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Is it easy being green?

It’s the time of year to celebrate green, notwithstanding Kermit the Frog’s insistence that indeed, it’s not easy being green.

I personally love this time of year. My bride told me that last week our granddaughter, the Bootsy, observed, “There are a lot of green colors.” She nailed it. The number of shades of green to be observed is nature’s spring masterpiece. Admittedly, I’m more of a spring approaching summer kind of guy than a fall approaching winter sort. I’ll take the spring greens over the fall colors any time.

A snapping turtle was observed on the side of the road (see above), apparently having just come out of the lake to find a place to lay her eggs, and she was displaying some green foliage on her shell she had picked up along the way.

Spring is cornucopia for the senses. That first rainfall when you can step outside and smell spring is always exhilarating. And watching your yard green up and seeing the flowers that you planted last year peek through the ground to say, “Congrats, you planted us correctly (this time).”

The turnover of birds from winter’s redpolls ...

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

news photo
Other Columns

An eye-opening pep talk

Understanding "The law"

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

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

The one that didn’t get away

My husband, Ben, and I used to make frequent trips to Nestor Falls, Ontario, for relaxation, hiking, and of course, fishing. He was always one to strike up a conversation with the locals at the bait shop and would glean information on which lure and technique was proven most successful for catching various fish.

We were fishing lake trout on this trip, which involved dropping the line and lure to the bottom of the 80-foot-deep lake and then rapidly reeling up as to not allow slack in the line. The bite would occur on the way up. After a few successful days, the other fishermen in nearby cabins, who were growing increasingly envious of our daily bounty, began following us out during the day in an effort to catch a few more fish themselves. We shared the information on how we rigged our lines, but they still were having little luck while we continued to real one in after another.

On this particular day, I felt the bite of a good-sized fish and began to swiftly reel up. While fighting the weight at the end of the line, I shifted my weight on the cooler I was sitting on in the boat. It had wheels. The cooler kicked out beneath me and I landed flat on my back. I braced my foot against the side of the boat and didn’t miss ...

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