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Of People, Places and Things: Please leave guns at the door


Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Mae West

Please leave guns at the door. That sign was on the front entrance of a pizza joint I frequented in Manila in the late ‘80s, just a few blocks away from the U.S. Embassy. I remember thinking at the time, “Wow, you’ve gotta be kidding.” But I soon learned that there is a bit of the old wild west in the Philippines. After all, Manila is known for an occasional shoot-em-up. In fact, almost all Filippino politicians have their retinue of hangers-on that includes armed bodyguards. A friend of mine’s brother, a protector for a suburban Manila mayor, was killed in a shoot-out in the early ‘90s. Politics in the Philippines has been a contact sport for a long time. Remember when Aquino tried to return to the Philippines? A whole revolution ensued.The Philippines constitution is almost identical to our own, so it seems only natural that Minnesota should copy one of the Pacific country’s long held customs - packing heat.Yes, Minnesotans now have a legal right to carry a concealed weapon. The legislation Governor Tom Pawlenty recently signed into law “recognizes the inherent right of law-abiding citizens to self-protection through the lawful use of self-defense.” Just so long as you can prove that you’re not bonafide crazy or a felon, and that you have been certified in handling a handgun, the local sheriff will have no choice but to issue you a permit for a concealed weapon after May 28 .With permit in hand, you can carry your weapon into the hardware store, the grocery store, a restaurant, a gas station, a library, the drug store and the bank. You can “pack” at the farm auction, at the city council meeting, the ball game, the county fair, and the farmers market.You can carry a handgun into any building, unless the operator of that private establishment makes a “reasonable request” otherwise.According to the legislation, a reasonable request means:“The requester has prominently posted a conspicuous sign at every entrance to the establishment that says (IDENTITY OF OPERATOR) ALLOWS NO FIREARMS WITHIN THESE PREMISES. But, no, that’s not enough. The requester must also inform the weapon carrier of the posted request and demand compliance. Oh, and by prominent, the law means that the s .....
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Avoid clichés like the plague

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Editor’s note: The following speech was one of several given at the 2002 Fillmore Central High School commencement. It is reprinted here as a reminder that the graduation season is almost upon us. By Emily Torgrimson  The ear ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: The Trouble with Harry

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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Have you ever taken one of those self-improvement courses? A friend of mine did and he has driven everyone that he knows nuts. He took some sort of course that was supposed to enable him to win friends and influence people and now he has no friends a ..... 
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Township Roads:Chaperones

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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My wife, Deb, and I just got back from the Minnesota FFA Convention. Our sons, Matt and Ted, both participated in the event. They are guitarists in a band named Near-Death Experience that participated in the FFA Talent Contest. Near-Death Experience ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric Leitzen

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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By Eric M. Leitzen

Anger. Sadness. Indifference. Fear. Longing. This is what I saw on the bronze faces of the nineteen soldiers that made up the National Korean War Memorial. Those faces, so masterfully sculpted, will be forever ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: Courts will likely decide Heartland’s fate

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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At the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night, when Preston Mayor Dave Pechulis pulled a rabbit out of his hat and ruled that a three to two vote supporting a conditional use permit for Heartland had failed because it did not meet the super maj ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: Harvey, the Homeless

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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It is 2:30 p.m. at the Harmony Library, time for me to begin a talk about my book "At Home in the Big Woods," but the only people who are here besides me are the librarian, the maintenance man and one patron. I never know what to expect when I prepar ..... 
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