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Thu
11
Jul

Grandpa shows support of mixed families

To the editor:

Thanks to Roger for another good column (“Grandkids shape reaction to Cheerios controversy,” published June 26). As a white male of 64 years and five grandkids, none of which are from “sterile” homes, I don’t get the uproar over a cute little girl loving her folks!

I’ve got three Cubans, one Thai, and I’ll raise you one Iranian! They are not “ethnic,” they are my grandkids, darn it! Mixed, yes, but not mixed up. If they can deal with it, why can’t we?

It’s like the Paula Deen uprising over words we were all brought up with. We’ve all said the N word, and we all know what Belgians call Germans, Lutherans call Catholics, and what Norwegians call Swedes. I even talk to Polish people. Can’t we get over it?

Not a white, male, Italian grandkid in the group, but we love each other anyway. Love is blind, and the rest of you aren’t paying attention.

Nick Cortese

Green Valley

Thu
11
Jul

Holiday celebrates commitment to democracy

For those who may be venturing out on the highways leading to or from the path around the Falls this week, word from the Wisconsin DOT is that travel will be a bit easier, since most construction projects are shut down for the week. Even so, the orange cones will remain. The shutdown was scheduled in anticipation of additional travelers with destinations to celebrate the Fourth of July.

When the Fourth lands mid-week, many families take advantage with extended time away from home. Perhaps some will do that traveling in rural areas to gauge the height of the corn crop. While the season got off to a late start, recent heat and moisture will push many stalks to the “knee high by the Fourth of July” benchmark.

Thu
11
Jul

‘Don’t have a cow,’ slanguage is my second language

Sock hops and snake dances, Elvis, rock ‘n’ roll, fender skirts, whitewall tires and spinner knobs on the steering wheel. Coonskin caps and ducktail haircuts, pomade and butch wax. Greasers and hula hoops. Crazy, Daddy-o! An explosion of slang. That was the ’50s, my “growing up” time.

Slang can describe a particular social culture and time. The ’50s was a very interesting time period, not just for America but for slang. Some polls have indicated that it was the best time, the “happiest” time in American history. “Happy Days” with Ron Howard and Henry Winkler (“The Fonz”) personified the era.

Television was entering practically every living room in our country, but segregation and racism were still parts of American life. Rules were strict for women. They were obligated to stay at home and make sure dinner was ready for the “breadwinner.”

Thu
11
Jul

What is the best indication of a good weekend?

There are many different measures that can be used to determine whether or not the past weekend enjoyed along the path around the Falls came close to being the highlight of the summer. Throughout the weekend touring around Kelly Lake, one could count a higher-than-average number of vehicles parked on lawns. It was obvious people came from some distance to gather and enjoy the relief the cool lake water provided.

One might have marveled at the frequency that the night time sky was used as a backdrop for the many displays of fireworks. The bigger the show, the better the long weekend would have been rated. As often is the case, even though many communities had their “official” fireworks display, there were many unofficial ones. All those fireworks shops must have lots of customers or they would not be operating.

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