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Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:26 AM

Our theme for Chatfield Public Schools referendum is Chatfield Strong! 

  • Our theme for Chatfield Public Schools referendum is Chatfield Strong! 

  • Thomas Jefferson first coined the phrase of  “a wall of separation between church and state” when he argued the government, or state, has no right to create a national church, thus establishing religious freedom. However, in the more than 200 years since the Bill of Rights, religion and politics have intertwined in the United States.

  • The thing most feared by the established controllers is an aroused populace. That’s us, folks.

  • An emergency vehicle — whether it’s a police car, fire truck or ambulance — always attracts attention. It’s just human nature to be interested in something that is happening, even if it may be tragic.

  • I’ve been participating in fantasy sports games for at least a couple decades. I wrote about a league about 10 years ago, which led to the discovery that many newspaper readers were also participating in fantasy leagues at that time as I got some feedback on the fun they were having with their pretend teams among friends and family.

  • Many people today get their weather forecasts on their smartphone. The information is current — usually with forecasts minutes, hours and even a few days ahead — plus the outlook is always accessible when on the go.

  • The national narrative often overlooks, or bypasses, life in small town America. The presumption is that the small dots on the map don’t have significance since they are just tiny pieces of a uniform national fabric.

  • My travels last weekend took me on a highway around a good portion of Mille Lacs Lake. I decided to take that route to our destination near Brainerd because I figured the traffic would be lighter, given the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has banned walleye fishing on the lake due to a diminished fish population.

  • I was up before sunrise Saturday, getting ready for a run. This time, though, I wasn’t the one running, something I usually do on Saturday mornings. Instead, I was directing a race in Spring Valley held during the annual community celebration, Ag Days.

  • The resurgence of brash billionaire Donald Trump into presidential politics reminds me of a study I read about a couple years ago. The research found that being confident and loud is the best way to win an argument — even if you are wrong. 
  • A bison licked a few bugs off the grill of our car and then rocked us as he scratched his neck, moving the car back and forth as he relieved the itch on the hood of our car. It was a bit scary, especially for my wife who was worried the big horns would scratch her car, and exciting, especially for the grandchildren, ages 9 and 13, who were thrilled at the close encounter with the large beast.

  • There’s been a lot of concern, expressed in this column more than once, about children not spending enough time in nature. Research has shown that a typical child spends 38 hours per week consuming media outside of school. Interviews with children up to age 9 revealed their attitudes toward natural elements, such as rain, wildflowers, birds and trees, showed fear, rather than appreciation, caring or enjoyment.

  • Some of you readers may know that I have a second vocation, other than being a journalist. I'm also a musician. I've been playing music professionally for more than 30 years, first as a drummer/vocalist in a number of blues and rock bands and more recently as a solo blues/folk performer.

  • Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States in the mid-1800s, wasn’t an extremely strong president, according to historians, but no one is going to demand that Fillmore County change its name.

  • While much has been written and broadcasted about the positive aspects of the recent 5-4 Supreme Court vote allowing same-sex marriage, a letter to the editor penned by Nathan Davidson of Grand Meadow that appeared last week in the Bluff Country Reader put a different spin on this historic event. Being a “middle of the road” type person, I enjoyed reading Nathan’s perspective on this very controversial issue and feel this side needs to be addressed as well. 
Right to die

California looks to become the fifth state to pass a right-to-die law. Do you think Minnesota should have such a law?


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