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Journal Writing Project: Youth Politics


Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The young Americans across the country already involved with Generation Dean proves that the youth in this country are concerned about the future and believe that they have the power to change America, stated Gov. Howard Dean, one of nine democrats currently campaigning for the presidency. Deans campaign, as well as those of some of his democratic opponents, has reached out and interested college students and high school students like no other. He has created a gigantic network of hundreds of youth across the nation to volunteer for, support, and most amazingly of all, to take interest in national politics. This is an incredibly important step forward for the voting process of our nation, and needs help from growing communities to keep the movement going.

Youth, among them new voters and pre-voters, all over the United States are slowly losing faith in the system. Everyday I hear someone say, Its not like my vote will count anyway. Nothing supported that attitude more than the 2000 Presidential Election, when the popularly elected candidate reportedly lost. Regardless of whether that event was for the better or worse in the White House, it put a bitter taste in the mouths of many

voters, especially those new to the ballot box and political world.

Never has this no need to vote attitude been more destructive than it will be in 2004. Since 2000, The Attack on America killed over 3,000 Americans, among them scores of youths; two wars have been waged, launching American youths into combat; and the economy has taken a turn for the worse, giving new voters an unneeded burden to bear as they enter the world. These young people have carried an unbelievable weight for the country and indeed deserve and have no excuse not to take advantage of the right to put or keep the leader they desire in office. But many still feel no need to. Its incredibly important to encourage these rookie voters to go out and use that right to take back their country and their future.

Aside from new voters there are the pre-voters, those that wont be eighteen in November of next year, still feeling left out and unable to alter a future that theyll have to live through. Its important that adults in the community reach out to these youth and help show them how they can influence politics without voting. Elections arent won only by what happens on election day, but by the tens of thousands of .....
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Of People, Places and Things: In search of the Bambinos curse

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

...and then our million dollar shortstop struck out...

a Red Sox fan, overheard at Logan airport in Boston the day after his team lost to the Yankees, missing out, once again, on a chance to go to the World Series.
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Journal Writing Project: College application process is nerve-wracking

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Ill get those applications in tomorrow. Ive been using that phrase for weeks now and that tomorrow never seems to come. Im facing college stress already and Im still in high school. Who knew that applying to a college could be so nerve-wracki ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I think everybody has a special liking for certain things, not a hobby to be collecting everything you see or like, but maybe it is just one thing you have always admired. For some reason, I have always liked windmills. I remember years ago when it w ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Two weeks ago I was down to Winona as it was my daughters birthday. We could hardly get into her house as she had box-elder bugs so terrible. We walked around the back of the house and came in the back door as there was no sunshine there so it wasn ..... 
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Township Roads: An Advil afternoon

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Its football season, so what could be more appropriate than a rousing game of touch football? Maybe sitting in a soft chair and chatting with the other mature folks. Well, sitting in the chair might have been the wiser activity for me last Sunday, b ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: The Outcasts of Flabbergast

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I like to re-read books that I read when I was in high school and I get more out of them after the second or third time around. One was the Pickwick Papers, the account of The Pickwick Club. I told my wife that I would like to form such a club here i ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The youth of Fillmore County need a skate park

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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The kids and teenagers in Fillmore County have hardly anything to do on weekends, so I thought that a skate park outdoors or indoors could be built. They are not all that expensive to build and they are a place where the youth of the county could jus ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It just doesnt seem like its time for the combines to be out getting the corn and beans harvested. I know it was a terrible dry summer but I also know its yields are better than some expected. I can remember when I was a kid, dad hired a man to hu ..... 
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