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To Speak or Not to Speak


Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 23, 2001

When I awoke this morning, I discovered that I could no longer speak English, at least the English that is spoken today. Something happened when my back was turned and I wasn’t looking. What happened is something that is called Political Correctness and I find that I am in violation of it. It is quite possible that I could be brought up on charges unless I change my tongue, so to speak.

Apparently this P.C. regime was not phased in over some time but was the result of a revolution that overturned the governance of semantics and syntax in the English that is spoken in North American. As a result, what used to be a manhole is now referred to as a personhole and its’ cover is no longer a manhole cover, but a personhole cover. Members of any city council are no longer called aldermen, but have become either council members or councilpersons, as if any one cared. At one time my grandfather was the Alderman at Large on the city council and I will not tell you what end would have come to anyone who called him a City Councilperson at Large.

When our forefathers proclaimed that all men are created equal, I’m sorry, when our forepersons proclaimed that all persons are created equal they obviously did not have the present generation in mind. There is no question about it, the Declaration of Independence must be re-written and someone is going to have to edit the first paragraph of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

As a result of all this Political Correctness, it has become impossible for me to properly address a business letter. Dear Sir is out and Miss or Mrs. will show me up as the ignorant lout that I have become. I dread to think what would happen to me if I got hauled into court for addressing some woman, whoops, some person as Madame. I’m, sorry, but I just don’t understand why any woman (there I go again) kindly strike woman and replace with female, no that is not acceptable either. How about sheperson? Well to get back on track, why would any sheperson that is intelligent and able enough to become a CEO of a corporation wish to be addressed as Miz?

There are no longer any handymen, cleaning ladies or salesmen. They have become handy person, cleaning persons and sales persons or sales representatives, depending upon what they are selling and for whom. Waiters and waitresses have become wait persons and airline hostesses have become stewards. Thank God, at least for now a bartender is still a bartender, .....
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Parting Shots

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

Well here we are. It's May and Summer is just around the corner. The school year was fun (note the touch of sarcasm) but, in life, all good things must end. So comes to a close me writing for this newspaper syndication. ..... 
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A New Way of Looking

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 16, 2001

The first bones belonged to a cow and her unborn baby. I found them near a small wetland by the South Fork of the Root River. I trudged back up the hill to my house carrying a huge pelvis that looked like a primitive mas ..... 
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Return to Weaver - Field Report

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

Early Spring 2001

Regular readers may recall my article on the Blanding’s Turtle research project at Weaver Dunes near Wabasha, Minnesota, which appeared in the August 14, 2000 issue of the Fillmore C ..... 
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Tree & Shrub Pruning 101

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, April 30, 2001

The best time for pruning most ornamental trees and shrubs is now, before the buds break. You can really see the branching structure when there are no leaves. Pruning promotes plant health and stimulates n ..... 
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Talking to Strangers

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 23, 2001

Those of us who live along quiet and sparsely populated township roads pride ourselves on knowing what is going on around us. After all, how tough should it be to keep track of the few neighbors with whom we are privileg ..... 
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“It’s all about roads”

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

“The only thing the county board is concerned about are roads,” one person commented to me a few weeks ago.

And the way in which she said this implied that this was not necessarily a good thing.

About th ..... 
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