■ I've always liked Will Rogers. Here's a quote from him that might shed some understanding on Congress' efforts at tax reform: "The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover didn't know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the botto, and the people at the top will have it by night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellow's hands." If trickle down economics didn't work for President Hoover and later not for President Reagan, why would anyone think it would work now? Makes you wonder...-Ros H.
■ Being of Norwegian descent, I'm fated to be a Vikings football fan, and they sure are making it fun this year. It's so exciting to see them go up against the "big" teams and shut them down. Will this be the year?-Cal F.
■ Winter is here, but the good weather we've had the last month gave the farmers a chance to get caught up with the harvest and even some fall tillage.-Cal F.
■ Despite all the ugliness in the news lately, remember that JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON and God is still in control. So "let not your hearts be troubled," celebrate our Lord's birth by sharing His hope and give generously to those in need. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!-Nora F.
■ Shameless plug: Join me for a fun night at Mill Street Tavern, finding your inner artist! Canvas & Cocktails for Guatemala will be a night to share with friends, painting your own holiday masterpiece. The event is Friday, December 15, 5-6 p.m. Social Hour and 6-8 p.m. painting workshop, and the cost is $45. Deadline to sign up is December 12. Go to www.canvasandcocktailsforguatemala.eventbrite.com for more information and to sign up! All proceeds go towards Spring Garden Lutheran Church's February 2018 Medical Mission trip to Guatemala.-Val H.
■ 2017 will be a year to remember for our family. Two beautiful granddaughters were born, Mae in April and Violet in October. We gained a kind, hardworking son-in-law, Dale, last weekend. Our cups overflow. We celebrated the life of my mom, Adeline, in July and we truly miss her presence. She was the leader of her tribe, and we are blessed daily.-Val H.
■ I am thankful I made it to the office in one piece this morning. It was a skating rink along 52. This past Sunday I was also thankful for the great shops in Cannon Falls. Bob and I were able to attend church, eat lunch with friends, find a wood ladder for a Christmas project, purchase our Christmas tree, paint, a winter hat, a decorative sled for the porch and oil for the tractor. We made it home in time, to take advantage of the nice weather, in order to hang garland, finish a shelving project and start the ladder rehab in the barn.-Jen R.
■ Mill Street was packed Saturday night by the Winery and the Tavern. Area around the VFW was also busy. Mexican restaurant had a nice crowd as well. Nick's gets a big Sunday morning crowd. Good to see all the activity. Interested to see what happens with the opening of Tilion, Artisan's Plaza. - Ken H.
■ We reported recently on a nice little jump this year in construction permits for new single family residential homes in the city of Cannon Falls. Worth noting that on the eastern edge of Cannon Falls (on Goodhue County 17), in CF Township, another new home is going up. Also, on the western edge of CF (just past Ferndale), in Stanton Township, there is a new home under construction. - Ken H.
■ One last plea for story ideas for our Christmas issue! We really enjoy telling the stories of our friends and neighbors. We've always said, everybody has a story to tell - well, now's your chance. Email email@example.com or call 263-3991 with your idea(s), and we'll take it from there.-Mike D.
■ How did your raking go this fall? It's my favorite time of the year, when I am able to "cleanse the earth." Unfortunately, I didn't have to rake this year. I established my new lawn in August, and the grass didn't grow enough to catch any leaves. Wait until next year! - Dick D.
■ I read about the death of Gale Sprute in the Farmington paper. He was 78 years old. I played against him in football, basketball and track in the 1950s. He was what we described as an "animal." At 6' 4" and 200 plus pounds and fast, he was very good. He still holds the career scoring record in basketball for Farmington. - Dick D.