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

  • Cheers to autism awareness, jeers to all this drinking and driving.
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  • Cheers...to raising awareness of autism
        Cheers to everyone that is stepping up and raising awareness for autism. A few decades ago, if someone asked you for the definition of autism or Asperger's Syndrome, would you be able to answer them, or would you be able to identify it? Most people probably wouldn't.         
        Today, in the 21st century, that is changing for the better. April is actually Autism Awareness Month. There are individuals that are posting banners on Facebook in honor of their loved ones that have it, and recently on the talent show "The Voice" a young contestant said he worked with autistic kids and in return received warm applause from the audience.
        It is encouraging to those in the Autistic community that the world is becoming more understanding of this disorder. They realize the troubles these individuals have and know that their lives can be lived relatively normal if help is given at a young age.
        There are several organizations out there now that are dedicated in this mission. There may be many issues in the world today, but this one is taking a step in the right direction.
    – Amanda Wagner, Times’ intern
    Jeers...to poor decision-making
        Lately there seems to have been an increase in the number of DUI arrests in our area. Maybe people are fed up with the weather and need to get out of the house and have some fun. There is nothing wrong with having a good time, but you need to be responsible about it.
        According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety's most recent report, drunk driving accounts for one-third of Minnesota's traffic deaths each year. In the last five years, 651 state residents were killed in drunk driving crashes, involving someone at or above the 0.08 legal limit. Sadly, each and every one of these deaths was entirely preventable.
        If you are going out and know you are going to be drinking, have a designated sober driver or call a taxi to drive you home. With two taxis now available in Crookston, there is simply no excuse for driving impaired.
    – Jaime Jensen

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