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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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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

Manners MIA

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

The Olympics reflect life

Watching the first week of the summer Olympics, I was struck by how they seemed to reflect a microcosm of life in general. U.S.–Russia conflicts, controversies regarding doping by the athletes, comeback stories, athletes competing just to compete – with no hope of a medal, other athletes earning medals unexpectedly and being rewarded for their diligence due to slip-ups of the favorites. As the introduction of Wide World of Sports used to say, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”

I have to start with someone who appeared to be preparing to enter national politics. Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, began the Olympics by insulting the host country, resulting in her being booed each time she touched the ball during games. Not known as a woman bursting with empathy and compassion, she then proceeded to insult the Swedish team’s play – after they had eliminated the U.S. from the Olympic tournament. Let’s see – insulting a Latin American country; lacking compassion and empathy; insensitive to the fact that words have meaning; accepting no responsibility for an underachieving performance – yes, it appears she’s ready to be a candidate.

Continuing with Michael Phelps – the oldest swimmer to win an individual medal – retired once; failed at retirement leading to his getting ...

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Other Columns

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

Manners MIA

The transgender bathroom

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

Managing the minority

Fifty-five years ago I took my one and only class in political science. The class was fascinating, but as a sophomore from Northern Minnesota, I could see no reason to continue my education in that direction.

Now I am remembering a point that the professor made that is playing out in the politics of today. The lecture was on how Lyndon B. Johnson had won a seat in the House of Representatives in 1937. The representative, James Buchanan, from Lyndon Johnson’s home district in Texas had died in office and a field of ten candidates was attempting to fill his seat.

The background was that President Roosevelt had just had several of his “executive orders” declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. President Roosevelt was retaliating by trying to get an additional six judges appointed to the Court as ...

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news photo
Other Columns

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

Manners MIA

The transgender bathroom

Everything old is new again

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

My monthly calendar is off

Well, I guess it is August –– it’s hot and humid; the tiger lilies are finished blooming, but the water lilies are in full bloom; and email reminder notices from the Minnesota State Fair have arrived promoting tickets and discount coupon books. Yet, to the extent I have an internal monthly calendar it feels off.

It feels as though we have lost a month, or more, somewhere from a weather perspective. I am focusing post-winter, as I am not a large fan of winter.

We entered May and had March-like temperatures for the opening of fishing. My recollection is that we then had a period where it was pretty windy. A camping trip was pretty cool – in two ways – we had fun with our granddaughter, Lena, but it was long pants and jackets weather.

I know the calendar turned to June as we celebrated Lena’s fourth birthday – marked by toddler-dog Barley taking a run, successfully, at her birthday cake. We visited Como Zoo along with busloads of kids who were still in ...

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