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

  • Cheers to the continuation of the Highland School sixth grade Itasca camping trip. Jeers to bad drivers.
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  • Cheers to keeping the sixth
    grade Itasca trip tradition alive
    Cheers to Crookston Public Schools for continuing
    the tradition of sending Highland
    School sixth graders to Itasca State Park for the
    39th year! In a time when school districts are
    forced to cut back in many areas, it is a joy to
    see this highly anticipated field trip experience
    live on.
    Anyone who attended sixth grade at
    Highland and had the opportunity to camp at
    Itasca has many memories to share. No matter
    the weather conditions, it was a great experience
    filled with fun, friends and firsts, such as
    the traditional "night hike" and playing campfire
    games, including "Darling, I love you.” Yes,
    some mischief took place, but so did a lot of
    learning and an expanded appreciation for
    Kudos to the teachers who, over the years,
    braved taking overly-excited groups of
    "tweens" out into the woods and managed to
    not only teach, maintain control, cook, and prevent
    serious campfire injuries, but to also instill
    life-long memories into the minds of their students.
    You are a courageous lot! Thank you.
    – Jaime Jensen
    Jeers to bad drivers who make
    the road no fun for anyone else
    Jeers to bad drivers. No, seriously. We're not
    talking bad driving conditions, we're talking
    about the drivers themselves who cause the
    nightmares on the roadways for every other
    driver on any given day.
    There are the drivers who feel the need to cut
    in front of another car quite suddenly, such as
    when a driver is in a median waiting to get
    onto the highway and decides to not wait and
    pulls in front of a car a little too close for comfort.
    You also have the driver who insists on
    turning into the farthest lane instead of the
    closest one, which is law. Then there's the driver
    who rides the center line and endangers the
    car in the second lane.
    Are there really more important things to
    focus on when driving than paying attention to
    what's going on around you? You are always
    supposed to stay alert out on the roads. If you
    can't remember to check your mirrors when
    attempting to get into another lane or look both
    ways before pulling into an intersection, you
    Page 2 of 2 - might as well get a refresher's course in driver's
    Careless driving should not be worth someone's
    – Amanda Wagner, Times intern
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