No surprise Poliquin lost

For a representative who doesn’t like taking reporters questions, holding town hall meetings or otherwise talking with his constituents, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Rep. Bruce Poliquin lost in the 2nd Congressional District election. A plumber who doesn’t like working with water or an electrician who can’t stand electricity shouldn’t expect much work.

But there is some good news for Poliquin as it seems he’ll have a lot of free time soon. Maybe it’s time to go back to school and pursue a career more suited to his reticent nature so he’ll never again need to field tough questions (or any questions) from his constituents.

Larry Durkin


Diabetes is hard

November is National Diabetes Month. As most may only give a moment notice to this month, we are experiencing it first hand. Our daughter, 13, was diagnosed one month ago with type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 is not caused by a poor diet or lack of exercise. Type 1 is not caused by something you did or didn’t do. Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder that picks its prey at random. Type 1 has a genetic component, but in her case it just happened.

Type 1 diabetes means her pancreas can no longer produce insulin that breaks down food into glucose. Glucose is the main fuel for the body. Type 1 means she must act as an external pancreas, she must inject insulin with every meal and multiple times a day or will become very sick.

Type 1 doesn’t take a holiday, a sick day or a day of rest. Type 1 is 24/7, it is part of her life now. Type 1 is hard, and “it sucks.” Type 1 isn’t funny and the jokes made by eighth-grade boys hurt like a knife. Type 1 has a person attached to it and that person has a heart of gold. Type 1 comments about how “at least it isn’t cancer” are not helpful.

My daughter is a warrior and grows weary at times, but she will not climb this mountain alone. My daughter has type 1 diabetes, but we will not let type 1 diabetes have her.

Nicole LaRochelle


America a mockery

Addiction and crime committed to support it has become a war zone and epidemic in our country. It is killing our children and loved ones and robbing many of them of their minds. The enemy is well and very much alive on the planet Earth.

As long as the wealthy become wealthier and the poor become poorer, addiction will never cease. It breaks my heart to even say this. But America has become a den of thieves robbing and using the poor so to make themselves richer. Many rehabilitation centers are only there so to make money from our hurting children and loved ones. Prisons have become a huge corporation only to make money from our hurting loved one’s souls and the innocent victims as well.

Politics have become a joke to our society, and we the people pay for it and the politicians become wealthy themselves and very little is accomplished for the people. It has been this way for years. By the time politicians crucify one another through the press, we the people have to choose the best of the two evils instead of a good candidate.

When was the last time a poor person become a member of the U.S. House, the Senate or in the White House? The answer is very easy: never. The sad news is it will always be that way.

Jesus has been removed from the schools and, in reality, does God bless America anymore? I don’t think so. America has become a mockery to the nations. We the people suffer the brunt of it all as our loved ones are destroyed. A broken heart here my friend.

Eugene Allen

New Sweden