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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Sep 3, 2008

It’s lasted 112 years, so Graettinger must be doing something right.

And they did it again this past weekend.

The 112th annual Graettinger Labor Day celebration drew large throngs to the streets for the Labor Day parade Monday. Among the most moving entries were the color guard and the team of draught horses that so amply evoked images of those first Labor Day parades so many years ago. A few people even placed their hands over their hearts as the color guard passed which is quite appropriate since our country has troops on two fronts halfway around the world.

People seemed to enjoy themselves immensely at Graettinger’s Labor Day celebration. And they came from throughout the region and beyond.

Perhaps the most cherished thing about the whole celebration is the small-town sense of place and of home that comes with such a celebration. That’s something that cannot be duplicated. It’s the sort of thing that draws people from cities back to the country where their roots lie.

Great going, Graettinger. We can’t wait to see next year’s celebration.

A class act

It doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat. You have to admit that Barack Obama is a man of class.

The national media tried to stir up a pot of muck when it attacked Sen. John McCain’s pick for vice-president, Sarah Palin, because her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant. (By the way, she plans on marrying the father of her child rather than have an abortion.)

One media pundit went so far to say on television Monday night that Palin should have announced immediately that her daughter was pregnant instead of waiting so long.

Palin waited a whole three days to make the information public! Criminy sakes!

Barack Obama put the whole issue to rest Monday when he said that his mother had him when she was 18, the same age that Bristol will be when she has her child.

It’s great to see that Sarah Palin had the integrity to make the announcement within 72 hours of the announcement that McCain had chosen her as his running mate. It’s also great to see Bristol decide to have her child rather than have an abortion. Finally, it’s also great to see that Obama had the courage and character to compare Bristol Palin to his own mother.

Now if the national media can behave itself, maybe we can finally have a presidential election in which issues, not personalities, rule the day.

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Sep 3, 2008

You can see it in their faces the first day of school – the students and teachers both.

As students came back to school this week, they were pleasantly surprised to see their newly remodeled school, both at Estherville High School and at Demoney Elementary. And just as the students were happy to be back, so were the teachers who were equally as fresh faced to see the new Demoney addition.

Some may say that bricks and mortar alone do not make a school. Well, when you show your students and teachers that you care enough about them to build a new school, they get the message loud and clear.

Undoubtedly, the quality of teaching and student learning at ELC is going to soar. One can hardly wait to see how everyone reacts when everyone moves into the brand-new middle school.

Those who voted in favor of the school bond for the new ELC school deserve a pat on the back. You are the ones who are responsible for instilling this new era of pride in the teachers and students of Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District.

Rock ‘n roll one more time…

The Black Knights Car Club will hold its last cruise-in for the year this Friday night from 6:30-10 p.m. The club has been growing, thanks to the efforts of members who have gotten out and spread the word about the Black Knights Car Club.

These members have spent tens of thousands of dollars restoring each of their cars. Admission to the cruise-in is free. Any funds the Black Knights do raise go toward nonprofit causes.

So return the favor and turn out Friday night. If you see a car you really like, find out who owns it and tell him you like it. Car buffs live for such compliments on their pride and joy.