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Thoughts while reading the Register

By Staff | Feb 21, 2016

Yes, it’s true. The editor reads the newspaper.

You would think I?would already know everything that is in it. But, I just like holding that newsprint in my hands and reading the print on the page.

Here are some thoughts about what I read.

The story in last week’s Register concerning underage drinking and drug use in Faribault County unnerved a lot of our readers.

Me included.

It wasn’t easy to read that our county ranks at the top of the list when it comes to alcohol abuse by teenagers in the state of Minnesota.

That is an alarming statement, to say the least. And it indicates there is a very bad problem here.

But, it is also good to learn that there is a group called the Faricares Coalition that is addressing this issue and wants to do something about it.

And, good to see that local governmental bodies are supporting their efforts.

Once again this summer’s Main Street reconstruction project graces the front page of the Register this week.

And, well it should.

This is going to be a major deal for the downtown businesses and for the entire community of Blue Earth itself.

With two blocks of Main Street and one of Sixth Street being impacted, plus the bridge over the Blue Earth River by the fairgrounds being replaced, this will mean it will be a struggle to get from one end of town to the other.

The good news is that the City Council and the officials involved in the planning are doing as much as they can to mitigate the overall impact.

For instance, they plan on doing just one block at a time for the Main Street work, they will keep sidewalks in place for as long as possible and they plan to have temporary gravel walkways in place whenever feasible.

Oh, it will still be a mess. But at least some planning is going on to keep everything as accessible as possible.

It will be an interesting summer here in Blue Earth, for sure.

Normally I don’t like to respond to letters to the editor right away in the same edition in which they appear.

I have always felt that everyone has the right to their opinion and to express that opinion in a letter to the editor without fear of the editor blasting away at him or her right away, no matter how stupid their opinion might be.

But, I can make an exception in this case, and my reason is that the letter writer calls me out by name.

That makes it personal.

Obviously my column in last week’s edition of the Register hit a nerve with at least one big Cam Newton fan.

I certainly can’t argue the fact the Mr. Newton is one heckuva great football player. You don’t get named the Most Valuable Player of the entire National Football League because you are only mildly adequate.

Nope, you have to be super. In this case, Superman.

But that might be the only point that Mr. Omland (obviously the two of us are not on a first name basis) and I agree on.

Let me just point out a few of these points.

1. I don’t think I work for a dying industry. Newspapers are still a strong entity and a great source for news. And many are financially profitable, including this one.

I’ll be long dead and buried before the Register ever will be.

2. I am fully aware that Mr. Newton does not care a fig (pun intended) what a small town editor in Minnesota thinks about him.

3. I always thought Brett Favre was called the gunslinger because he wasn’t afraid to fling the ball down the field even if there was nobody open.

4. Of course Peyton Manning gave credit to this teammates and of course one reason was he had a sub-par game.

But so did Mr. Newton. In fact, he had a couple of terrible plays, including fumbles (and not going for the ball after one of those fumbles) that cost his team dearly.

Did he take the blame for the loss? Maybe he did, but I didn’t see that.

However, I am sure that if the Panthers would have won, he certainly would have claimed to be the major reason they did.

That was the point I was trying to make. This is a guy paid millions of dollars to play a game. He should take some responsibility for how he acts.

Maybe unprofessional isn’t the right term. Maturity is a much better word.

5. I’m sorry, but I am not going to learn much from an immature, egotistical, poor sport, no matter what age they are.

And I would hope that kids these days are learning something about sportsmanship and being a gracious winner and also not a sore loser from their coaches, parents and teammates.