The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things of the week

Honor our veterans

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11 and veterans will be honored at many programs in Crookston starting Friday, November 9. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will read “America’s White Table” by Margot Theis Raven at the Crookston Library Friday at 10:30 a.m. and other books on veteran topics will be on display. They’ll also have the Missing Man table set up at the library earlier in the week. Also on Friday, Highland Elementary School will hold their Veterans Program at 1 p.m. for the public and students/staff to honor local veterans. On Saturday, the Carnegie Building will host “A Veteran’s Salute” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with speaker and former State Representative and WWII veteran Bernie Lieder. The Crookston Area Men’s Chorus and UMC Pop Choir will also perform. On Sunday, Veterans Day, there will be an Appreciation Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Crookston VFW Post 1902 for all Crookston veterans and their spouses.

Keep those letters coming, even after the election

Crookston Daily Times is your local newspaper and we encourage our readers to contribute to our daily publication by submitting photos from special events, articles with a local angle, and letters to the editor for the opinion page. Lately, with the upcoming election, we have received an influx of letters to the editor from mostly local people voicing their opinions on who is doing a good job, who isn’t doing the best job, who they think people should vote for, and some timely subjects that could sway the way people vote. We appreciate all letters sent to us and we’d like to encourage people to continue sending them, on all types of subjects, even after the election. The community wants to hear what you have to say, even if they don’t always agree. Thank you, letter writers.

We’re America, we can have Daylight Savings Time if we want to

We turned the clocks back an hour before we went to bed this past Saturday night, and now people are adjusting to altered sleep patterns, more sun in the morning and much less light in the evening. And medical professionals are being asked, as they are every time we turn our clocks back an hour or ahead an hour, how the change affects people's health, specifically when it comes to suffering heart attacks or strokes. Messing with the time has quite a history in the United States (and other parts of the world), dating all the way back to World War I here. But it wasn't until President Nixon signed a law in 1974 that things ramped up, but it was still inconsistent from state to state, so it was changed in 1986, and changed again in 2005. And all of it has been to maximize the availability of useful daylight, and - this is highly debatable - to save money on energy costs. Should we not have it at all? That's what some people say twice a year. The thinking here is, Daylight Savings Time is who we are. We don't like what time it is, relative to the light outside? Then let's change it. This is America!

Our voter turnout is embarrassing, so let’s change it

Is it possible to encourage people to vote on Election Day too much? Yes, given the ubiquitous, in-your-face, endless public relations blitz imploring people to exercise their constitutional right, it's possible that it's a bit over the top. But you can't blame the get-out-the-vote proponents from fighting the good fight, even if it is a losing battle in what is supposed to be the greatest democracy on the planet. Our voter turnout in elections is embarrassing. We celebrate and brag when half (HALF!) of eligible voters vote. It should go without saying that if everyone voted, we'd probably have the country we want to have because the decision-makers would be people worthy of not just making decisions, but making good ones. When few people vote, you end up with the kind of people in charge like we have now, and those people are not even trying to hide their efforts to suppress even more voters. But if you try and you're a legal voter, they can't stop you. So don't let them try.

Students, apply to college for free this month

As Minnesota high school students think about applying to college, application fees should not be a barrier. Some Minnesota colleges and universities do not charge application fees at certain times the year. For students from low income families, every day of the year, students from families with modest incomes can apply at no charge using a NACAC fee waiver at select Minnesota colleges and universities, and nonprofit colleges that are members of the Minnesota Private College Council. High school councilors and college admission staff can help a student make these arrangements. Eligibility information and the fee waiver forms are available at the NACAC website. For all students, there are many opportunities for students to apply at no charge at some institutions. Some colleges never require an application fee, sometimes this offer is limited to applications submitted online. Some colleges waive the application fee for the month of October, and some waive the fee for a week in late October. Applying to colleges is stressful. When the pressures of writing the perfect essay and making yourself look amazing on paper get to be too hard, take a breath, and ask your school councilor or a college admission staff member for the information you need.                                              – Anna Huck, student writer