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Saying thanks to courageous clerks

Editor, John Meinder wanting store clerks to say “Thanks” to him (Valley Journal, Nov. 11) is hovering around what could be a good idea, but he misses a couple of important points. Why punish the clerk and the business? What about the responsibility of the customer? Here’s another perspective. I don’t have any belief in an afterlife – therefore it seems timely and prudent to do good while still alive and available. An example is our house rule regarding our pets: “When passing by a cat or dog, always stop to give a little positive acknowledgement.” A soft word and a brief touch on the fur only takes a few seconds, gives reassurance, costs noth...


Friend lost to COVID-19

Editor, I lost a friend to COVID-19 yesterday.  She was young and should have had many more years. Have you lost a friend or family member to COVID-19? Is someone in your family COVID-19 positive? I hope not. It’s a terrible time. If we look back to World War II, people joined together, r...


Appropriate traffic merging protocol offered

Editor,  People seem not to know what it means when a right lane is ending and they have to merge into the left lane.  When the right lane is ending, it does not mean to speed up into a gap that is barely big enough for your car and to make the traffic slow down as you cut the other car off t...


Reasons listed for election results

Editor, Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from a mid-western college in 1953 but with no professional standing, I feel comfortable sharing my views.   After months of absorbing numerous news broadcasts and articles from both Republican and Democratic sources concerning ...


Congratulations given to election opponent, community thanked

My name is Lisa Pavlock, and I just finished my first campaign for election to the House of Representatives in District 93.  It was a hard-fought race, and although I was deeply saddened not to win, I was grateful for the chance to run to represent the people of Lake County. Upon hearing the results,...


Slices of Life

Hide-and-seek has changed at our house, as many things change when you progress from being nearly 2 to nearly 2-and-a-half. That is the case of our granddaughter. My how time flies.  According to Wiki, hide-and-seek can be played with two or more players and is appropriate for children 3-years and...


A simple ‘thank you’ helps

Editor,  Times have sure changed. Twenty-years-ago, it seems like anytime you made a purchase back then you would get a sincere “thank you” from the person you made the purchase from. Today, in Lake County, it seems like getting a simple thank you is getting harder to come by.   F...


Election post cards were good for economy

Editor, I just have to join in on this election season. There have been so many of those vote cards arriving every day for months. I am sure many people are having a problem with them. The garbage can in the post office gets full every day as box holders discard them. Let’s look at another side to t...


Slices of Life

This column is dedicated to friends. Old friends. New friends. New friends who will one day be old friends. Family you’d chose as friends. Best friends. Casual friends. Facebook friends. Editor friends I’ve never met. Peripheral friends. Understanding friends. People you casually encounter who ma...


Sharing an article that says it all

Editor, A Canadian friend from Cranbrook sent me a copy of the following from the newspaper he reads, Ledger Dispatch. I thought it was good food for thought.  “Freedom to not wear a mask” by Libby Jones for the Ledger Dispatch: “We trust you to make your own choices if you want ...


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