The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on what they'd like to see happen.
Realize that it’s OK that ‘Jurassic World’ has a volcano
In the latest sign of the ultra-sensitive times in which we live, members of the cast of this year's biggest summer blockbuster film, "Jurassic World" said the other day that they feel bad that much of the film's most dramatic scenes involve an erupting volcano. They're saying this because of the deadly, destructive volcanic eruptions currently taking place in Hawaii and Guatemala. So, if the brass who made the film beforehand would have known about the deadly, real-life volcanic eruptions, they would have written anything to do with volcanoes out of their script? Please. If the people behind "Jurassic World" owe the public any legitimate apology, it's for all of the cross marketing that has anyone looking for a bite to eat, a new vehicle or a cell phone not being able to escape the latest over-the-top installment of this dinosaur franchise.
Contribute to things you want to see get better
It goes without saying that sometimes it’s easier to complain than lift a finger to help improve things, events, places, situations or whatever is going on in the world and your community. Have you ever volunteered your time at events, helped “beautify” your community, contributed to important meetings or forums, or shared your time with the less fortunate? It’s hard work and, more often than not, goes unrecognized. So when social media opens the “doors” for naysayers, it hurts to read comments from people who aren’t willing to volunteer their time to “make it better” or “change” things for the good. Maybe next time the urge comes to “look down” on other’s work, first, look at yourself and see if you would be willing to step up and try something different. If you’re not, think twice about what you put out there for all to see. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
Check out Crookston’s Marketplace weekly, other events at Downtown Square
The Downtown Square is a beautiful place to host events with accommodating green space, the Crookston Rotary’s Club’s Peace Pole Garden that includes benches to sit at, the “big red barn” Pavilion with sheltered access and window openings to let the breeze roll through, picnic bench seating for families/guests to eat and mingle, and the JOYbirds “Gratitude Tree” where people can leave messages of thanks. Crookston’s Marketplace debuts this Thursday, the first day of summer, as an extension of Crookston’s Farmers Market, with fresh produce, vendors, flea markets, food trucks and stands, free entertainment, and kid’s activities WEEKLY at the Square. Other annual events at the Downtown Square include the Cornstalk Jamboree, Movies on the Square, and Ox Cart Days, as well as small gatherings/meetings and the Chalk It Up art festival, which will try out a 2nd St. location for 2018. The Downtown Square should be utilized as much as possible as it’s one of Crookston’s premier venues no matter the weather. What else could happen there?
Toughen up, handsomely paid professional golfers
If you're a fan of professional golf, what would you rather see? A bunch of players overpowering a benign course and posting winning scores in the high teens over even lower 20s below par? How boring is that? Without a doubt, the United States Golf Association set up this year's men's U.S. Open course, Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, to be especially difficult, especially in Saturday’s third round. But unfair? Diabolical? Come on. Many of today's PGA players are ultra-sculpted, muscle-bound athletes who can hit drives flirting with 400 yards. Combine that with the latest club (specifically driver) and golf ball technology, and sometimes it doesn't seem fair how much these guys can dominate a course. So when some players kind of freaked out after this past weekend's U.S. Open because of the way the USGA set up Shinnecock Hills on Saturday, it has more than a little crybaby vibe to it. Toughen up, guys, the course was super-tough for all of you. Get over it, and yourselves. You're getting paid a lot of money to golf.
Reduce scare tactics with hot, muggy June weather
The summer solstice arrives this week and, guess what, with June has come hot weather in some parts of the country. Although one can argue with tremendous merit that we're being exposed to more extreme weather than in anyone's memory, the national broadcast media continues to realize that focusing more and more coverage on the weather is easy journalism that viewers seem to get into. But mid-90s temperatures in June accompanied by some high humidity is "very, very dangerous"? That's what NBC Nightly News on Sunday called a hot Father's Day on Lake Michigan, in front of a backdrop of hundreds of people dancing and otherwise enjoying themselves on the beach. If mid-90s temperatures with some humidity the week of the summer solstice qualifies as "very, very dangerous," shouldn't hundreds and even thousands of Americans be dying every single summer, just from the heat? Let's put this lazy journalism on the back-burner.