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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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» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Who is Hillary Clinton

Well, it happened again, bad news about Hillary’s emails was released late Friday afternoon on a three-day weekend. Thursday was really my day to follow sports as the Floodwood’s football and volleyball teams both won, then the Vikings won, followed by a Twins win and the evening was topped off with the Minnesota Gophers winning over Oregon. By Friday afternoon, with the Twins loosing, I was looking for something news worthy.

There it was, the FBI was following the Clinton protocol and releasing its investigation summary and interview notes with Hillary Clinton on a late Friday afternoon. Through the magic of modern technology, I was able to read the retracted report.

First of all, it is interesting how so many government reports that expose government’s incompetence are released on a Friday afternoon. The good old boy network does function.

Once I finished reading the release of its investigation notes, summary and interview with Hillary Clinton, I was confused. Is this the former First Lady, former United States Senator and Secretary of State that has been telling the public that she is experienced and qualified to be President of the United States - or is this an uniformed person that left running the Department of State to aides?

In the Tuesday September 6, 2016 Wall Street Journal Byron Tau lists the “Key Findings in the ...

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A double standard

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An earworm for the eye

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Is it still fair?

We just completed our annual multi-day pilgrimage to the Minnesota State Fair. Between my bride and me, we cannot recall ever missing one. For sure, not since we’ve been together – all in, 46 years. (If you keep rolling your eyes like that, your face will stay that way!) The media are always looking for fair-related stories and, it seems, struggling to come up with a new twist. This year, we heard a story about whether the fair is still family affordable.

It is an interesting question in today’s environment. We are living in a time where attending a professional sporting event has seemingly pushed the limits of affordability. Yet when attending one, it is not unusual to see kids wearing a home team jersey whose price tag can approach $100. And then we have Tesla producing $100,000 cars and others producing $200,000 boats. So, how do we define affordable, and for whom?

The premise of the story was that it was not the entry fee to the fair, but the costs once you’re in. We order our tickets in advance, $10 versus $13 at the gate, with kids under age five free. We’re not afraid to over-order, knowing we can easily sell any we have left over. Growing up, my bride’s family would follow a prescribed meal plan featuring a sit-down meal at a counter, saving fair purchases for special treats. My early years were ...

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The Olympics reflect life

Managing the minority

My monthly calendar is off

Every vote matters

All lives matter

That lucky old sun ...

Too big to prosecute

A Surprise Ruling

An earworm for the eye

Trump's rise

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

A double standard

One has to believe that the biggest lie told by Hillary Clinton is when she said, “I am being held to a higher standard than anyone else.” That is a whopper. Martha Stewart went to jail for much less than Hillary is getting by with, General Petraeus was humiliated and given probation for revealing classified information to one person with a high security clearance. No, she is not being held to a highter standard - in fact - it is hard to see where she is being held to any standard when reviewing what she has done and said.

Kimberley Strassel writes in the August 19, 2016 Wall Street Journal, The FBI has provided just one set of Hillary files to be accessed by both the majority and minority members (and their staff) of the House Oversight, Appropriations and Judiciary committees ... The files are being held in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) underneath the Capitol, a secure room reserved for viewing the highest-level secrets ...

Many of these lawmakers and aids hold some of the highest clearances available to Congress, yet none the less barred from examining vast portions of the record. The FBI in some cases redacted (edited out) entire documents, presumably at the request of various ...

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