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Journal Writing Project: Eric M. Leitzen


Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

What is wrong with us? How far will we stoop? It has often been thought that our society was governed solely by our outward physical appearance. Now it has been proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt.

During the Super Bowl, including the insanely long pregame, halftime, and post-game shows, a commercial came on for a new reality series. According to the commercial, the show is designed to find the most attractive person in America. This commercial, by its gratuitous flashing of washboard abs and arms the size of Cleveland, would have you believe that this show is judged merely on outward physical appearance.

The Human Race has hit a new low. We are no longer trying to distinguish ourselves from the animals, but rather embracing our animal tendencies. It no longer matters what the person knows or thinks about anyone or anything, its merely a question of outward physical appearance.

If only life had a mute button. Then we could just gaze at our hot selves without worrying about such trivial things as personality, conversation, or compassion. Gee whiz, sign me up. Forgive me if this column sounds belligerent, but after seeing that commercial, and coming to the realization that we really have gotten that shallow, I am nearly physically ill. We claim to be so far advanced above the apes, yet all it takes is a bikini and were grunting like a pack of Silverbacks.

Just take a look at television someday. Almost every show has some girl whos conventionally beautiful strutting around in clothes probably purchased at a toddlers store. As they say, sex sells. But is this truly right? Does this truly make good entertainment? Or is it such a barrage of smut that we become immunized to it in a short while and pay it no heed? Why is such trash allowed on primetime viewing, in full access to youth watchers? Are we training our children to grow up in a society where they will judge people only by how they look?

Later on, after seeing these beautiful people on television for years at a time, the children believe by sheer assimilation that they must look like these people, at all costs. Anorexia and Bulimia run rampant, all in a futile effort to be like her or like him. Self esteem plummets as these children, mere children, give their all to look like them, for no other reason than that is what they are told to be. Please people, before its too la .....
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Journal Writing Projec: Andy Wolter

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I was wondering about the roots of the Internet a few days ago, and I found some good information. My internet research corresponded quite nicely with my lack of a Journal topic, just in case you were curious like me.

The idea o ..... 
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Township Roads: Cold Weather Reading

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It was too cold, in my opinion, to work outside for long this weekend. The boys and I managed to stay warm for a couple hours while we split firewood. Im sure we could have kept warm all afternoon had we been splitting with axes and a sledgehammer, ..... 
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Editorial Opinion : Leave no child behind

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Governor Tom Pawlenty announced his choice for Education Secretary two weeks ago. New administration, new Education Secretary; new Education Secretary, new plan.

Cheri Pierson Yecke, I wish you the best of luck, but pardon me f ..... 
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The Commute: You go, baby

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

A year ago I vowed to get more physical exercise. I don't mind admitting I was somewhat impressed with myself for making this decision. In March, I had the chance to visit my doctor for an annual exam. His reading of my cholesterol levels moving in a ..... 
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Of People Places and Things: What would Jesus drive?

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

What would Jesus drive?   To some, the question might seem amusing. But we take it seriously...   So begins a recent advertisement from The Evangelical Environmental Network asking Christians to eva ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The other day I was sitting in class minding my own business when I overheard a student proclaiming to another student, Why arent you normal? Can you be normal for just one day? My mind quickly wandered from my studies and I concentrated on these ..... 
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