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The parenting column - you knew it was coming!


Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
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By Eric Leitzen

Our darling Cindie just turned three months old on the 17th, and she is an absolute ball. Sure, there is the occasional 3 a.m. crying session where you try, half asleep, to fill a bottle, but when she smiles at you, there’s nothing better.

However, and this may be very hard for some of you long-time parents out there to believe, there were several things I was either not ready for, or had no idea about, going into being a first-time Dad. I say first time, of course, because Sarah and I are already planning out when to introduce Cindie to a younger sibling, even if the economy is so awful that having two kids is a Rockefeller luxury these days. Still, when that second little bundle comes, I will be a lot more prepared for many things, such as:

You will have no idea how many diapers you will go through. Not long after Cindie was born, my in-laws brought us a box of newborn diapers. As this box was roughly the size of a commercial ocean liner, I figured we would be set for some time on covering all of life’s little oopsies.

I was not prepared. We went through the entire box within the first month. A newborn, if all is functioning correctly, can have up to TEN diapers in a day, a fact that nearly caused me to go out and buy a box for myself when my wife told me. So I know the little outfits are darling, and the humorous signs are tempting, but if you ever want the perfect gift for a baby shower, just got with diapers. Lots and lots of diapers... and wipes, too. We just got a box of over 1000 wipes, and I did the math to find out it won’t even last us a year. It’s times like this where my old uncle would say “Oy gevalt!”

Speaking of adorable outfits, you will learn to tolerate all sorts of strange fluids on you, around you, on your clothes, on the baby’s clothes, and pretty much everywhere else. Now, I know this is a thing that all parents say, but I have a personal appeal. I’ve always been a bit squeamish when it comes to fluids: as a kid, I used to hate pulling the plug on the dishwashing sink because of all the gunk that had settled. And, while it is still true my darling baby will occasionally produce a diaper that is a grade-5 biohazard, I am able to buck up and deal with it. Expect me to be gutting chickens at a processing plant by next year, at the rate I’m going.

And while you may need some finesse at cutting up a chicken, don’t worry .....
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STANDING GUARD: Patriots Among Us

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Authors note: In preparation for Memorial Day, my submittals for March, April, and May are intended to recognize the military service of our neighbors and friends who dedicated a portion of their lives in defense of their country. Few, if any, thi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Terbeest’s commentary

By Herb Panko

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
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Mr. Terbeest’s commentary (FCJ, 3-9-15) exhibits one of the typical qualities characteristic of extreme right wing conservatives---a message of gloom, saying the sky is falling because of various programs largely instituted by liberals. Also typi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Addressing Panko and Erding

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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By Dan Terbeest After reading Mr. Panko’s reply to Mr. Erding’s commentary from a few weeks ago, I had to re-read Jeff’s letter. Mr. Panko is very close to putting words in Mr. Erding’s mouth that he never said. If you are going to accuse s ..... 
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Learning to be a citizen

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?” I love that question. Not because I’v ..... 
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Leave the rest of us alone

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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Economist Tom Sowell in a recent interview noted that in 1838 Abraham Lincoln argued “that there are always people, if the opportunity presents itself, who will overturn this country’s whole basic structure for their own egos…there are people ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson cannot deny access to public data

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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The Peterson City Council may not understand the basic premise of an open public government. At the February 11 council meeting there were two items discussed that should concern citizens. First, a local newspaper reporter asked the city to send ..... 
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What if we were to acknowledge that we must live within the laws of nature?

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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What if we recognized depletion of resources and pollution constitutes theft from Nature’s Trust which belongs to everyone and belongs to no one? “The thing that you have to understand about nature and natural law is, there’s no mercy. . . . ..... 
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Justice for all

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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Makeda and I met when we worked together at Donaldson’s department store in the seventies. I sold pictures and handled custom framing. Makeda was the lamp lady. She was in to being a Muslim at the time. She was thirty-five, slender and wore tu ..... 
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