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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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Manners MIA

The transgender bathroom

Everything old is new again

It's come home to roost

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 interesting word?

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Trump’s rise

Just what has caused the soon-to-be Republican presidential nomine to be a self-proclaimed and braggadocio billionaire? He has no background with the Republican establishment and, in the past, he has supported the Democratic Party and given to the Clinton Foundation. Since he seems to have the Republican rresidential nomination “locked up,” there are no longer any comments that he will finance his own campaign. In fact, the $40 million that Trump spent on his primary campaign has been reported as a loan. (When most people loan money they expect to be paid back.)

It is obvious that the Republican voter wanted little to do with the Republican establishment. No establishment Republican candidate got to first base in the primaries. Senator Ted Cruz made a good run, with no backing from the establishment.

In an attempt to stop Obama’s progressive agenda the voters had elected a Republican ...

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Other Columns

The transgender bathroom

Everything old is new again

It's come home to roost

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 interesting word?

Denial is deadly

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Manners MIA

New York Times writer David Brooks, who is in my personal top tier of bright, insightful and articulate observers of today’s world, was interviewed last week. He lamented the erosion of manners in our society. It prompted thought. What are manners?

Starting out with Webster’s, manners are defined as “social conduct or rules of conduct as shown in the prevalent customs.” So, there can be good manners or bad manners. Mr. Brooks was concerned about the erosion of good manners, then. He went on to describe manners as those behaviors that allow us to acknowledge there are others in the room. By that he meant that we acknowledge the opinions of others, and even admit that we don’t have all the answers on every subject at hand.

Presumably, then, the logical extension of that belief would be that problems and issues would be discussed and debated, with resulting solutions reflecting a level of compromise among competing views. Consider the following quote of Ronald Reagan: “When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn’t like it. “Compromise” was a dirty word to them and they ...

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news photo
Other Columns

Everything old is new again

It's come home to roost

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 interesting word?

Denial is deadly

All day, every day

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

The transgender bathroom

On May 13 the federal education department issued a “Dear Colleague” letter informing the nation’s schools that they must immediately begin allowing students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms and showers of the student’s choosing. Not doing so would risk having Title IX-linked funding withdrawn.

Wow, am I glad I am no longer the administrator of a K-12 school. At one time I coached both men’s and women’s sports. There is really very little difference in working with men or women in athletics. But there is a difference in working with their parents. I would not want to be the administrator of a school that allowed males into a girls restroom or locker room. I am certain that few fathers or grandfathers of a girl using the restroom, let alone a shower, when a man walked in, would not take time to knock upon entering the school superintendent’s office. Yes, I would risk losing Title IX funding before opening all restrooms/locker rooms to both sexes.

The Attorney General of Oklahoma Mr. Pruitt writes in the June 1, 2016, edition of the Wall Street Journal, Contradictions abound from this ill-advised mandate. Suppose that – as happened in my local school district in Oklahoma – parents, students, teachers and administrators meet and decide that what is best for all is ...

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