Short Takes

Franken goes out still slugging away

THUMBS DOWN:

It’s a sad day for Minnesota as a once rising political star has fallen amid sexual harassment allegations. In the end, Al Franken made the right decision. His past has caught up with him. Even during his announcement of his resignation he refused to admit complete wrongdoing. “Some of the allegations against me are simply not true,” he said during his address to the U.S. Senate. While some of his remarks will be criticized by those railing against sexual harassment misconduct, he is correct in saying he’s not the only offender holding public office or seeking public office. “I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assaults sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said. However, right now, Franken is not the right person to carry that message. A simple apology during his address without the political remarks would have been the high road to take during his address.

Thanks for the memories

THUMBS UP:

A lot of good memories developed through the years at the Cottonwood Community Center. Thanks to a $300,000 renovation project, more memories will be made in the future. The center was gutted over the Thanksgiving weekend in order to start the remodeling process which will also expand the seating capacity for wedding reception and other events.

Not so friendly reminder to slow down

THUMBS SIDEWAYS:

Winter’s arrival gave everybody in southwest Minnesota a needed warning to slow down and be more careful on the roadways during snow and ice conditions. The police scanner in the Independent office was full of constant chatter all night Monday. First responders rushed to crash scenes all over the region. Be careful out there.

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