On supporting UMC, Rep. Broun, drop in birth rate, Purple Pride, and Pirate girls' tennis...

We’re a college town, so let’s support our college
Crookston is a college town and everybody knows that. But it seems at most times, people tend to forget or even ignore the fact, especially when there are public programs that the university puts on. When there are events that the UMC Music and Theatre Department sponsors, such as concerts or plays, there are hardly any community members in attendance. Then there are the sporting events. When a student goes into Lysaker Gymnasium for a volleyball game, for example, they will notice that the bleachers are mostly empty. This is a glaring issue. At least half of the home side bleachers should be full. It shouldn't matter what a team's record is. In fact, if players look up and see there are many supporters in the stands, they will be encouraged and play to their full potential. Ultimately, it is rather pathetic that there is minimal support by the community for the college, for any kind of event. Students will begin to think that Crookston doesn't care about them, and we can't have that. UMC has a lot of great things to offer the public, and it should not go unnoticed. Amanda Wagner, Times intern

Oh, Rep. Broun...
Ladies and gentlemen, today we present to you U.S. Rep. Paul Broun. The Republican from Georgia sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. News broke over the weekend that he had been recorded, while speaking at a sportsman’s banquet held in a Baptist church, that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are all lies. But not just your average, run of the mill lies, but lies that come “straight from the pit of hell.” These lies, the senator continued while stating that the planet Earth is around 9,000 years old, go against God’s true word and try to make people think that they don’t need a savior. We could debate religion all day every day and never reach a resolution that people agree on, but could we at least agree today that maybe Rep. Broun should be reassigned to a different committee? Dissenting views on Congressional committees certainly aren’t a bad thing; after all, who doesn’t like a feisty debate now and then? But, lies straight from hell? Yikes.

Think of a drop in births as a positive development
The government announced last week that U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row. Given the world's exploding population and large deficit in meeting people's needs, this would appear to be good news, but not the way it's being decimated in the media. One story says "there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent – not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years." Hispanic birth rates declined 6 percent and teen birth rates reached a new low not seen since 1946. And just how might all this be bad news? The country still remains stable, producing roughly two children per female, so the future looks good. Why go any higher when the economic picture is uncertain at best?

Pride in the Purple
How about them Vikings? It’s not all the time that a Minnesota team starts out 4-1 on the season. The Vikings are beating some teams they aren’t expected to, and are also conquering teams such as the Titans who they’re predicted to beat. So why aren’t Minnesota fans satisfied yet? The Vikes are now tied for first with the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. Not to jump to conclusions, but the last time Minnesota came out on top in the division was in 2009. No matter how the season turns out, the Vikings have made it more fun and less painful to watch them play this year. The Vikings have proven their consistency, so isn’t it about time their fans do the same? Katie Davidson, student staff writer

Best of luck to Pirate girls’ tennis at sections Tuesday
The Crookston Pirate girls' tennis team kicks off their postseason Tuesday at the Grand Forks Choice Health & Fitness as the No. 3 seed in the Section 8A Team Tournament. The Pirates face No. 6 Roseau in the opening round, a team they defeated twice in the regular season. If the Pirates win that they will more than likely face No. 2 Pequot Lakes, who beat Crookston 4-3 in the two squads’ only regular season meeting. The winner of that would probably face top seeded Staples-Motley in the championship. Mike Geffre's squad has a legitimate shot of winning the section and making it to the state tournament. With just a 30-minute drive to watch the Pirates, it would be great to see Pirate fans support the girls' tennis team. Good luck, Pirates!