Cheers to Gov.-elect Tim Walz wasting no time in making a visit to Crookston and Jeers to making a point but offering nothing additional to support it

Cheers to Gov.-elect Tim Walz wasting no time in making a visit to Crookston

    Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan are coming to Crookston for their One Minnesota Listening Tour.  Saturday, December 1 at 11:30 a.m., Walz will be meeting with community members at Cofé coffee bistro.

    With hopes of engaging Minnesotans, especially those living in Greater Minnesota, in their administration, Walz will be asking what values, perspectives, and leadership characteristics you hope to see in your state government and your state commissioners.

    Join Walz and Flanagan at Cofé, enjoy a cup of coffee, and discuss your concerns and dreams for Minnesota’s government.

    Cheers to newly elected government officials wasting no time in reaching out to the far corners of Minnesota. Let’s welcome Walz and Flanagan to Crookston on Saturday.

- Anna Huck, student writer

Jeers to making a point but offering nothing additional to support it

    Arguments need supporting evidence. Otherwise, it is just an opinion. Anyone can do that. To get a point across and encourage others to take a similar side, one must provide reasoning.

    The Crookston School Board, on Monday, approved the hiring of Lon Boike as a half-time seventh grade girls’ basketball coach and two board members, Kari Miller and Patty Dillabough, voted against the hiring.

    Prior to the vote, Miller said she did not think “this action is in the best interest of our students.” Regardless if everyone knows what Miller meant, that claim alone does nothing to prove a point.

    Boike previously coached Pirates varsity girls’ basketball from 2008 to 2015 and Pirates varsity volleyball from 2007 to 2013. If whatever occurred during those years influenced Miller’s decision to vote no on a job that includes teaching 12 and 13-year-olds the fundamentals and skills of basketball, it seems reasonable to request an explanation beyond this is not in the students’ best interests.

    Discuss the thought process that led to this judgment. Miller also said she approves of the school district’s striving to “move forward toward a positive climate and culture.” Okay, so we have defined the students’ “best interest.” Now, explain why Boike’s hiring contradicts this goal.

    With no other key points, anyone unaware of the entire situation will think Boike does not create a “positive climate and culture.” Whether this is the truth or not, the sole act of uttering it out loud does not increase its credibility.

    An argument that exists with no facts or evidence will, more likely than not, be ignored. Rightfully so.

– Nolan Beilstein, sports editor