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Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen


Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Iraq, and the question of war there, has dominated the news lately. Weve seen speeches, heard the inspectors report, and watched thousands of American soldiers deploy to the Middle East. In all probability, war will begin within the next month. I have some misgivings about this war, apart from the larger question of whether we should go to war. Thats a controversial topic in and of itself. My misgivings involve the war itself.

As an avid reader of military history, I am worried by parallels I see between this looming conflict and a World War Two battle which took place on the banks of the Volga River in the Ukraine, in a city called Stalingrad.

In 1942, the armed forces of Nazi Germany were at the pinnacle of their might. They had a superior air force, which excelled in the pin-point delivery of powerful bombs. The German Army was unmatched in power, consisting of fast moving, hard hitting tank divisions. Using these two arms to strike fast and hard, the Germans had swiftly become masters of mainland Europe. In 1941, they had invaded the Soviet Union, surrounding and destroying numerically superior Soviet Armies. In 1942, they were planning to repeat this success, and aimed for Stalingrad.

As the Germans raced towards the city, their air force was unleashed. Bombers pounded the city with explosives, destroying countless buildings. The German high command expected this destruction to shatter Soviet resistance, and their tanks rolled into Stalingrad expecting another easy victory. They were wrong.

The heavy bombing had toppled many structures, filling the streets with piles of rubble or the remains of ruined buildings. The tanks were unable to maneuver effectively through this warren, and so the infantry was brought in. The German air superiority was useless as well, as it only increased the destruction in the city.

Anyone who has seen the movie "Enemy at the Gates" has a fair idea of what the battle was like. Tens of thousands of men clashed and died in intense, savage fights. Any building could house a Soviet sniper, and most did. Even worse were the tumbled piles of rubble, which in addition to restricting movement provided dozens of places where one sharpshooter or ten could lie hidden.

Gradually, the German army forced its way through Stalingrad, suffering tremendous casualties. They faced both a determined Soviet army .....
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Journal Writing Project: Jacob Grant

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The other day I was resting in my car awaiting the end of my lunch hour. As I sat there I was thinking about the things that flustered me that morning and how they carried on to a rather disheartening lunch. I wished I could have moved to Australia. ..... 
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Another One from Flaherty: Can't Sleep

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

When I read and hear about hip and knee replacements I wonder what they do with all of the hips and knees that have been replaced. Can they be re-cycles or rebuilt? Over the years I have had my cars repaired with re-built alternators, clutches, engin ..... 
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A dream takes a hit

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I am just a little too old to be a true "Sputnik-baby", but not by much. Growing up with spaceflight, I was just old enough to appreciate the thrill of the earliest successes. I believe I was too young and maybe we were all too sheltered to have thor ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: The Fillmore County 10

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Many of you have probably heard of the big to do on the streets of Preston on Tuesday. It was reported in Wednesdays Pioneer Press under the headline: Sheriff hits the street for jurors.  The story was eventually picked up b ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: Home Improvement

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The severe frost of last night had not damaged the pump as the check now seems to be sufficient to prevent any pumping and filling of the pump-head with water."  Former Lanesboro physician, Johan C. Hvoslef,  &nbs ..... 
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Are You Game? Super Bowl & more

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Remember the Super Bowl triumph one week ago. Tampa was clearly the best team on the field. For Oakland fans the most offense on Super Bowl Sunday was the Bud commercial with the guy trying to score with a lobster crawling into his ear. Heck, even th ..... 
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