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I am not one to watch kids programing and cartoons, but I accidently turned on a children’s show the other day. It was a rude awakening. The content was full of violence, characters hitting each other and being rude and obnoxious. What good does it do to tell our children and grandchildren you must not do that when everything they see on television is doing just that? What are we doing to our young people, or letting others do?

How can we live in a peaceful world if we are surrounded by evil? It is getting harder and harder to find good things to watch on our televisions in spite of having hundreds of stations! There are a few good things to watch—nature shows, musical programs and once in awhile reruns of “Little House On The Prairie” type shows instead of the “cops and robbers.” Most of the time we are better off turning off the idiot box and trying to live a normal life.

And then there is the local medical situation we are facing and the concern of the shortage of doctors. I think that the medical industry needs to find a way to amend the shortage of doctors by teaching those in the medical field things that they could do to provide some of the help that is needed without a doctor.  

Don’t they train nursing personnel to do specific things that the doctors can review? Better than having a printout on the computer. It is not nice to say but I often think a visit to the doctor does more harm than good. Who do you listen to? So much information is contradicting. Can we trust medical suppliers we know so little about?

Everything that we have been taught tells us we need to check with our doctor first. There are so many things that can be wrong, people are reluctant to take something without first seeing someone in the medical field. 

We all need to start using some of our own common sense. We know what we should or shouldn’t be doing to protect our own health, but many times we don’t do it and then wonder why we are having problems.

As people enter the Albert Lea medical facility they see a sign that says they are “#1!” It makes me shiver. If this is a number one facility, what kind of care are hospitals giving?

How well I remember taking my mother to urgent care. It was close to closing time so they sent us to the ER, which wasn’t really necessary and a lot of money. If you are going to have a medical problem try to plan them for the convenience of the institution—not easy to do!

As we were entering the ER my mother said, “We’ll be here six hours. They will give me an Ativan,” which is what she told them she needed when we first arrived. As predicted, after lying in the ER for six hours that is exactly what happened.

Once upon a time most “old timers” often had developed their own cures or home remedies. They couldn’t or didn’t run to the doctor at the drop of a hat, so to speak, like some people do now. We owe it to ourselves to take care of our bodies. I know it is hard to do now, as there is so much controversy and inconsistency.

Yes, people died back in those early years but they still do in spite of all the hoopla and questionnaires sent out that often ask the same questions. Does anyone really read them? Pharmacists send fact sheets along with prescriptions; doctors tell you to throw them away. Side effects scare me; I tell the doctors to throw the medication away.

Recently, our southern Minnesota area hosted the annual Geneva cancer golf fundraiser. I have been impressed with the way our citizens have donated money for cancer. They make it friendly to have fun while helping to care for those in need. Many can’t afford it but they seem to come through in passion for loved ones. Can’t we expect a little consideration for our contributions?

When so much is donated to a cause, shouldn’t we at least be given a hint of where the money was used or spent? Why, when these results are probably a result of our donations, does the end involve medication that is so expensive it is unaffordable? 

Medical help and medication has now become more of a business than a caring institute. I would like to know how much of what we give goes to be used as intended, or goes to someone who “runs the show.”

Big things and miracles, hurrah! It is great, but is it designed to bring in big money and prestige to the institution? And what about the care that isn’t given?

Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me. If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; by postal mail, P. O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, (507) 256-4405.

This week’s birthdays and anniversaries include:

• Thursday, August 31st: Carole Schember, Judy Deml, Terry Walterman, Kari Hohansee, Jerry Flugum, Tony Holmes, Connie Misgen Evenson, John Tasker, Heather Reese, Nancy Bottelson, Garrett Avery, Ron & Karen Huber, Melissa & Tyler Moe

• Friday, September 1st: Byron Norell, Jim Motz, Payton Thompson, Daryl Nelson, Jody Farr, Catherine Carlson, Gregory Ray, Dianna & Matthew Beckman, Adam & Lalya Lang, Jim & Marian Motz

• Saturday, September 2nd: Krista Paulsen, Brent Broulik, Barb Grunwald, Dean Richards, Logan Callahan, Peyton Moore Ayers, Randy & Barb Horan, Christine & Tom Krause, Amy & Jeff Conley

• Sunday, September 3rd: Marie Carroll, Lori Ingvaldson, Joanne & Mitch Wayne, Dick & Paulette Nelson, Tatum Wilson, Connie Kuehni, Merton & Trudy Nelson

• Monday, September 4th: Kaila Christine Johnson, Cody Blouin, Marc Vanden Heuvel, Melissa Wayne, Erin Dobberstein, Daniel Pitcock, Holly Wangsness Dau, Rachel Arends, Tatum Nicole Wilson, Melody & Tim Gassnman

• Tuesday, September 5th: Beckett Dane Rasmussen, Sydney Marie Schmidt, Jennifer Broskoff Dutton, Beth Ann Suelter, Darren Hanson, Stacy Evenson, Grace Lorraine Kofstad, Rande Nelson, Dennis & Mary Jensen, Chuck and L’Myra Hoogland, Brian & Angie Dobberstein

• Wednesday, September 6th: LeAnn Hjoberg, Cindy Sloan Scheevel, Jackson Kilian, Tina Thostenson, Luke Trumble

There are times I made mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know. Please look at them as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us, it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.


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