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Me like hockey


Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

In a classic case of “Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone,” I find myself paying more attention to the professional hockey season this year than I ever really have before. I have to admit, when the negotiations broke down, I thought to myself “is this really going to mean no more pro hockey in America?”

“Why should you care?” I could hear a cranky voice answer back, “It’s not like you ever watched it.”

But it was always there. Hockey always sat on the periphery for me: I’m a terrible skater, I don’t particularly like the cold, and an early hiccup in lessons got me thoroughly confused on which hand I should use to hold the titular stick. Being a lefty’s not all it’s cracked up to be on the ice, it turns out. Still, I always found myself interested at least in who came out on top each season and got to hoist that sweet trophy over their head, fill the cup with champagne, drop it in the swimming pool, whatever.

Of course, that’s not to say that a hockey player should even have the foggiest idea of what a swimming pool is. In my old-fashioned mind, all hockey players live above the 40th parallel, subsist on a diet of donuts and snow, and crack smiles that are missing a few teeth when someone even thinks of playing hockey in somewhere like Dallas or Anaheim. I’m still stewing about Tampa winning the cup over Calgary, and that was almost ten years ago (has it been so long?!) so I guess it’s safe to say that I’m a hockey fan in general… if not specific.

So a 48-game, strike shortened season it is, much to my older brother’s jubilation, and when I find a match on TV I usually sit down and watch. Yet, for some reason, I haven’t developed the love for one team above all that the small and feisty minority in this country have. You’d think the game would be right up my alley: as strategic as baseball, as fast as basketball, and full of enough bone-cracking hits to make Ray Lewis look like a girl scout. And yet, for some reason I just can’t find myself getting into it.

Perhaps it stems from me never really finding one team. I grew up in Wisconsin, the child of two Illinois parents who bled alternate currents of Bears and Cubbies blue. Around the time I started noticing basketball in the early 90s, Chicago was top of the pops as well, so it seemed easy and practical to extend my fandom further. We were never a hockey family, and didn’t really che .....
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What’s ahead in Congress this year

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don’t let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthc ..... 
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Stupid is as stupid does

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
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This well known quote from Forrest Gump seems to mean a person is tagged with the label of stupid when he or she does stupid things, regardless of that person’s intelligence. Our national political leaders have once again earned this designation. ..... 
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We are all a nation of immigrants

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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By Frank W. Hawthorne “A [Christian] religious outlook permeates Arnold Toynbee’s “Study of History, 1934-1961” and made it especially popular in the United States, for Toynbee rejected Greek humanism, the Enlightenment belief in humanity ..... 
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One Moment Please... Challenging conventional wisdom

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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I tend to gravitate toward non-fiction, informational reading and multimedia content, and I have recently taken an interest in articles and videos about organizational culture and education systems. This past week seemed to be a mixture of both. Ch ..... 
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Our current economic mess

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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More than 30 years ago I watched a five-part special on the military that one of the big television networks ran. It was full of inaccuracies, misrepresentation, and outright lies. It was garbage, or as close to it as you can get. That was a tipping ..... 
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To insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis It appears that if we want to “Insure Domestic Tranquility and Promote the General Welfare,” we Americans will have to find a way to combat the growing violence in our society. I was taught that all of us are born into t ..... 
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One Moment Please.... Governor Dayton: Right idea, but not a state issue

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This may not be an exciting issue to talk about, but it is relevant to every business and consumer in the state of Mi ..... 
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What’s ahead in Congress this year

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling. But don’t let that single episode fool you. As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthc ..... 
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