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So long to number 34


Fri, Mar 10th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I think it was May, 1992, but don’t quote me. We were visiting Minnesota from our home in Michigan, and my sister had given us Twins’ tickets. What I remember about the game was that Kirby Puckett hit a grand slam, and the announcer said it was Puckett’s first grand slam in the Metrodome. The crowd went nuts, rising to its collective feet and screaming. We wouldn’t even begin to calm down until Kirby stepped out from the dugout and modestly tipped his hat to us.

I remember explaining to my friends back in Michigan that Kirby Puckett was so beloved, he could get elected governor by a landslide without ever campaigning.

“You see, that’s one of the big differences between Minnesotans and Michiganders,” I said, ever loyal to my home state, to the point of being obnoxious. “In Minnesota, we really love our heroes. It’s all about love.”

I had a few pictures of Kirby and the Twins’ logo positioned around my office in Michigan. It made me feel closer to Minnesota whenever I missed the folks at home.

Now, with Kirby’s untimely passing, commentators and columnists across the state will try to analyze that love affair Minnesota had with Puck.

Even people like me who know relatively little about sports felt connected to Kirby. My husband Mike, in a former incarnation as a barber who cut hair for a lot of kids during the 1980s, said that it seemed all kids loved baseball, and when you asked about their favorite player, it was always Kirby Puckett. Always.

As a language person, I have to believe part of Kirby’s magic came from his musical name. Honestly, my heart speeds up a bit as I call up the auditory memory of hearing the announcer say his name: “Batting for the Twins—Kirbeeeeeeee Puckettttt!”

And part of the magic was his physique. He really didn’t look like any other player: short and squatty, with little legs that flew around the bases and defied gravity each time he leaped up against the fence to catch a would-be homer. The image of both his fists in the air is permanently burned in our memory of his homer in the sixth game of the World Series.

I liked watching him in the outfield when a ball was hit in his direction. As he prepared to catch it, he did this little shuffling thing with his feet that I always thought was some kind of Baseball Happy Dance until Mike explained that he was p .....
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A budget is a statement of ethics

Fri, Mar 3rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Union of Concerned Scientists asked its’ members to write to the local papers concerning the Bush administrations perverse use of scientific research, the muzzling of scientists, and use of political litmus tests for hiring and appointment to rev ..... 
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Ben Franklin and the opinions of men

Fri, Mar 3rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Sometimes we print things people don’t like to read. I guess that’s the nature of a newspaper.

Sometimes people don’t like what I write; at other times, they don’t like what others write that we print.

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Legislative survey doesn’t inspire confidence

Fri, Feb 24th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In today’s mail I received a 2006 Legislative Survey from Representative Greg Davids who says he appreciates my opinion. Let’s hope he appreciates this.

1.Would you support an effort to use a portion of Minnesota’s budget surplu ..... 
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A sustainable environment is not optional

Fri, Feb 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A sustainable environmental policy is not optional. By definition if it is not sustainable, the earth as we have known it and the human race cannot live with it long term. To assure the survival of our children it is imperative that we realize our pl ..... 
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On second thought...

Fri, Feb 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

That was Minnesota’s own Senator Norm Coleman watching the Administration’s back in Senate hearings two weeks ago when he went after former FEMA head Michael Brown of “you’re doing a heck of a job Brownie” fame.

Brown testified ..... 
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Desperately seeking new leaders

Fri, Feb 3rd, 2006
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Soft spoken, sometimes shy Sagittarius, a compassionate Midwestern middle-aged white male with brown hair and blue eyes, reasonably tall 6’ 1”, 180 pounds (okay 190) country boy with city sophistication, a professional family man who likes travel and ..... 
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Eminent domain reform attracts wide range of legislative support

Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
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Eminent domain has risen to the top of hot political issues being discussed since the Kelo vs. New London decision in 2005. There is much confusion surrounding this issue, and I would like to try to clear the air.

The Kelo vs. N ..... 
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Wandering alone in the communication desert

Fri, Jan 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I have a personal beef with my telephone company, one I presume others in Preston Township might share.

For the past couple of years I have been asking CenturyTel when they will be providing high speed internet services to my r ..... 
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