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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

  • Cheers to Andreas Geist, Jeers to forgetting the history of Halloween.
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  • Cheers...to Andreas Geist for doing the Pirates proud in cross-country
        Imagine running a mile in less than 6 minutes. Now imagine running 3 of those miles at the same pace, back to back, competitively. That’s what Andreas Geist did at the 5k Section 8A Cross-Country meet in Bagley, where he ran his best time of the season, 17:23.
        With this time, Geist qualifies for the Minnesota State Cross-Country meet which will be held at St. Olaf College in Northfield beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3.
        Since cross country was eliminated in Crookston years ago, Andreas for the past couple years has been traveling over to East Grand Forks to practice with the Green Wave team, and by the looks of it, the half-hour drives to the west have paid off.
        Cheers to Geist advancing to state; what a great way to end his last season of representing Crookston in cross country.
    – Katie Davidson, student staff writer
    Jeers...to the glorifying of the secularism that has become Halloween
        This jeer may sound harsh but the majority of the population may not know what Halloween originally stemmed from. Sure, it has become fun for everyone, little kids especially, to dress up as their favorite character, but even that has meaning.
        All Hallows Eve is the day before All Saints Day, a Christian holiday in which people celebrate the lives of those who have gone before. It was created by a Roman pope in the early centuries. It was known as All Martyrs Day. There were all kinds of fun and festivals.
        The idea actually came from an age-old Celtic pagan tradition in which people, on October 31, believed the souls of the dead returned to wander the earth. There were bonfires and sacrifices. This is likely how witchcraft became "associated" with Halloween.
        The idea of the costumes came about by those who were fearful about evil spirits wandering in the night. Pumpkins were carved and disguises were worn to ward off these spirits. Of course, it was all superstition.
        Today, the Halloween event has estranged itself from all important religious aspects and to most people it has become a reason to have huge parties for the heck of it, and for kids to load up on candy. Somehow, it has given young adult women (and up) the excuse to dress trashy, and for young people to cause mischief and vandalism in neighborhoods.
        People have just lost sight in the whole scheme of things and continues to show one of the many reasons how America has lost its morals.
    Page 2 of 2 - – Amanda Wagner, Times intern

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