Commentary

Wed
02
May
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First item on the agenda, save the brewery

By DAN THALMANN

We must diversify our local economy.

Washington County’s main economic engine is agriculture. Farming is the main area of economic activity. One step beyond the farmers are businesses who support agriculture and the next step are the businesses and services that provide goods and services to all of the above.

There is very little that goes on in this county that isn’t dependent on local, regional and national agricultural economy. It’s not like we have huge bicycle manufacturing plants or computer assembly plants or Amazon fulfillment centers or a mountain/beach tourism industry that could do well and fuel our communities even if the farm economy is struggling.

 

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Wed
02
May
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No spring fever this year

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

This may be the first year in my memory where I haven’t had spring fever. Perhaps it’s because I’m the busiest I have ever been. Or maybe it’s because we haven’t had much spring-like weather.

We have gotten a few nice days, but until a week ago it seems like we never got more than one nice day before it was followed with several cool, windy days. Perhaps I just spend the nice days sitting in an office.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Durst gave lifelong commitment to Washington County’s history

By DAN THALMANN

Duane Durst’s passing earlier this week was a major loss to the history of Washington County. During his career and into his retirement and I’m sure up to his final days, Duane fervently worked to bring attention to our county’s past – it’s people, places, events and stories. I would contend nobody in the history of this county has spent so many years as committed to that task as Duane.

He worked for years as curator at the Hollenberg Pony Express Station state historic site and for his work there alone, we would owe him a debt of gratitude. But retirement didn’t slow him down. He continued to work on an array of topics he thought deserved attention.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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The joys of cranky children

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I write my columns a week or two ahead of time, so I felt a little silly last week with my column about mashed potatoes when the other two opinion items on the page were a significantly different tone. I suspect I came off like some silly woman pretending to be a serious journalist with her mashed potatoes column while the rest of the world was discussing more important matters.

Most of the time I stick to the safer subjects when I write my columns: My crazy, busy, hilarious and sometimes cringe-worthy life. Here is a gem from my life recently:

Life is rough when kids get over tired. One of my boys didn’t get to bed until about an hour later than normal recently, and he took his anger out on my laundry.

 

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Wed
18
Apr
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Mashed potatoes and gravy get me through my week

CYNTHIA SCHEER

None of my three boys likes mashed potatoes and gravy. They were made from mashed potatoes and gravy, so I don’t understand why they don’t love it.

I worked at Republic County Hospital for two years, which encompassed the last two months that I was pregnant with my first child and all nine months that I was pregnant with my second. I always ate lunch at the hospital cafeteria, and the servers could always count on me getting mashed potatoes and gravy. Most of them would put it on my tray without even asking because they knew I always got it.

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Wed
11
Apr
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Reader offers house cleaning tips in response to column

By Henry Klee

In your March 29 paper, Cynthia Scheer wrote about her house cleaning abilities. Being I cleaned my house for several years, maybe I could give her some tips. Maybe it wasn’t spotless, but it was better than what that damn Carl Wineinger said, “When you leave Henry’s house, you clean your shoes, not when you go in.” He stretches it a little.

First — A portable air compressor don’t cost much and 50 feet of hose will reach most of the house; beats dusting.

 

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Wed
11
Apr
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Commissioner explains county’s tax rebate, praises landowners

By Gary G. Ouellette

Perspective

1. Washington County has a more aggressive tax rebate program than most counties around them. We have lowered the mill levy several years in a row, not many counties have done this.

2. The tax rebate plan was first put forth by Roger Otott, Gary Ouellette and Tim Mueller about 1 1/2 years ago. There had not been a plan in place for quite a few years. To say this Commission is not progressive is ignorant. Can we do better? Sure. With community involvement and working together as one, we can find ways to do things better.

 

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Wed
04
Apr
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Wanting to see the world

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

The summer is already getting away from me, and it’s only April. As I plot all the busy dates between May and August, I’m already feeling the sadness of the end of summer. It’s that time of year again when I’m thinking ahead to the annual summer vacation. I’m having the same diffi culty most parents have when their kids get in school and play summer ball:

When do you go on a vacation? The kids are practicing or playing baseball from April through the fi rst of July. Then there is the county fair, and we don’t dare leave our pigs and lambs for a week just before the fair. That leaves the end of July and early August, and it’s so darn hot to be walking around and taking in the

 

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Wed
04
Apr
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Still graupeling as basketball ends and baseball season begins

By DAN THALMANN

 

I learned the name of the little snow pellets that fell on the area on Easter Sunday. Evidently they are called “graupel”. A unique mix of conditions in the atmosphere causes this unique type of snow. It’s not quite snow, not quite freezing rain or sleet. It’s graupel. • • • In my years of attending the annual fi rst junior high track meet of the season in Washington, I think there has only been one with spring-like conditions. It’s almost always cold, often windy. But they need to get it in, because the junior high track season is pretty short

 

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Wed
28
Mar
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Befriending feral cats

By JOE PHILLIPS

How many do you need?

There is a saying among people who work with animals in film and television production. It goes something like this: “If you need a cat to perform more than one trick you’ll need more than one cat.”

Or: The number of required felines is directly proportional to the number of required tricks.

 

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