Right-wing extremism is on the rise, according to the Department of Homeland Security. About 200 of such extremists, we're told, are soldiers back from Iraq or Afghanistan. How do the folks at Homeland Security know that? And why would service overseas cause anyone to turn into a right-wing extremist? Still, it's a spooky thought. After all, it was right-wing extremist Timothy McVeigh, back from the war in Kuwait, who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing scores of innocent people. We shouldn't criticize only right-wing extremists.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO April 1909 A gentleman who was at the Rose Creamery when the cream came in said the creamery will "make" that town. He was surprised by the number of new barns in Spruce Hill Township and the amount of cream that was coming in... Mr. Sessions has purchased several lots on Lake Darling from L.J. Brown and offers the use of them for a public park providing he get some assistance in clearing up the grounds...
Don't ever watch a movie with a stickler. Sticklers are as bad as the know-it-alls - the ones who sit behind you in a movie theater and blurt out everything that's about to happen because they'd seen the picture before. Sticklers are people who watch movies only for "wrong" details, scenes that don't quite jibe or plot turns that make no sense. Sticklers are very observant people. But they can be very obnoxious. Years ago, I was watching a movie on TV. A friend popped over and started watching. I could tell he was watching it in stickler fashion because he was kind of glaring at the TV.
Editor's note: In Marge Van Gorp's column last Wednesday, April 1, the last section of items listed under 1999 was actually a continuation from 1984. The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO April 1909 A. P. Hanson purchased the Aiton property next to the new post office and plans to construct a two-story building for his furniture and undertaking goods.
Who would ever think a little tiny seedling could cause a big nervous breakdown? By "little tiny" I mean almost microscopic - a seedling that resulted from several garlic-chive seeds I planted in early February. In the spring of 2008 I spent - at commercial greenhouses - more than $300 for my garden plots. This year, I decided to plant seeds, on the advice of a sister who, last year, saved beaucoup bucks by starting, early, with the seed thing. In late January I began ordering, via e-mail, seeds and seed-planter domes from a greenhouse in South Carolina.
Many people these days who have been laid off or who cannot find a job must feel as if they've been kicked off the edge of the earth. As bad as things may be (and they are indeed bad), people should never succumb to hopelessness or despair. That's because negative feelings and "wallowing" robs much-needed energy. Many years ago, in the summer of 1981, I was homeless and living in my tent in a park along the Mississippi River in St. Cloud. There were other homeless people there, including a single mother with young children. The year before, I had studied in London and spent all my money.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO March 1909 F.I. Turton has purchased a dairy wagon for morning or evening deliveries of milk and cream in sanitary glass bottles... Postmistress Holmes has received notice from the United States Postmaster authorizing city delivery service. Application forms for route men will soon be available... The Ed Bowman family of Osakis was informed he will inherit Canadian property valued at $250,000 from his father...
We the people should rise up in a new revolution and snatch back the millions of dollars the A.I.G. crooks have stolen from us, the taxpayers. A.I.G. stands for American International Group. If you ask me, it should stand for "Arrogant Idiotic Greed." A.I.G., an international insurance company, snatched with its customary greed a taxpayer bail-out of $170 billion and then proceeded to pay its worthless executive skunks millions of dollars in so-called bonuses. We have been told repeatedly if A.I.G. fails (it already has, let's face it), the world's economic system will collapse, too.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO March 1909 Plans for the new hospital were made public. It will be a 42- by 72-foot, two-story building, with room for 32 patients. There will be four wards with four beds, as well as single and semi-private rooms. Cost of construction is estimated at $10,000... Mrs. E.F. Collins has purchased the millinery shop from the Gardner sisters... N.P. Larson has bought the confectionery store from Sandeen in Kensington...
If anybody doesn't deserve an apology, it's radio gas-bag Rush Limbaugh. What a spectacle it was to see Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele grovel with a cringing apology to the schlock-meister, just a day after Steele criticized the clown. No grace under pressure there. Just a cave-in play by Steele, who had been bullied into submission by Limbaugh and his neo-con minions. Limbaugh, like his hard-core conservative followers, is enraged that a Democrat won the White House, especially a Democrat with "liberal" or "radical" views.