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

  • This week, Torrie and Derek weigh in.
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  • Cheers...to RYLA Camp
        Have you ever been a part of changing someone's life for the better?  If so, you know how rewarding and inspiring it can feel to truly put yourself and your needs aside and focus solely on the needs of others.
         That's exactly what the Crookston Rotary Club and local clubs did for this summer’s Times intern and countless other teenagers from Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Canada by paying for the fledgling young leaders to attend a week long leadership camp – Rotary Youth Leadership Award – at the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.
         Without the charity of local Rotary clubs, many teens would not have been able to go to a camp that promotes healthy and effective leadership and lifestyle habits as well as, in the process, changes lives.  
        It is because of Rotary that these teens were able to go to and receive the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and the success of RYLA is due to the local Rotary clubs that made it all possible.
    – Torrie Greer, Times intern
    Jeers...to Anthony Weiner
        It's like shooting fish in a barrel. The jokes almost make themselves.
        In a news conference Tuesday, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner confessed to engaging in lewd online chats with women. Weiner is a former New York congressmen resigned in 2011 after it was revealed he sent lewd messages to a women through Twitter.         
    Sure, there's nothing illegal with what Weiner has done, but if you're into that sort of thing it should remain private, especially if you're a politician, let alone a married politician.
        On Wednesday, Weiner, amid boos, brushed away calls for him to drop out of the mayoral race. So, jeers to this Weiner, who is acting like a giant Oscar Mayer, and is in no way, shape or form putting his constituents first. Politicians like Weiner cast a blanket over all politicians and the public sees the lot of them as shady.         
    While Weiner has every right to continue his run for mayor he should absolutely drop out. He stated in his press conference this "issue" is behind him but it is clearly affecting him and the way the public views him. There are so many inappropriate ways this could end. We'll leave it to you, the reader, to go and Google "Anthony Weiner jokes." Enjoy.
    – Derek Martin
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