Every week, the Ripon Commonwealth Press runs Hearts & Darts and/or Quote of the Week on one of its opinion pages.

Here is what made Hearts & Darts for the Sept. 2, 2021 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Hearts & Darts


To whomever is helping themselves to produce at the Ripon Community Gardens in Riggs County Park. You may think you are staying healthy by munching on fresh vegetables but your soul is rotting every time you bite into stolen cucumbers and carrots. The gardens are owned by hard-working folks with green thumbs and are not your personal produce buffet.


To school boards in Green Bay, Appleton, Neenah, Oshkosh and Kimberly that reversed previous plans to make school masking optional and instead are requiring masks of all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Ripon’s School Board voted 6-3 on Aug. 16 to make masking optional for the start of the school year, which began this week.

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“We must defend the notion that ideas must be free to circulate and that people will be free to choose among them.”

—TV actor Ed Asner, while speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of Ripon College students and others at Harwood Union in October 1990. The fellow who played Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” suggested that government, from the left and right, likes to censor. And the media, he added, often are willing dupes when they uncritically parrot the comments of “reliable sources,” often government officials. The seven-time Emmy winner died Sunday.

Do you have a Heart or Dart you want to submit for consideration in next week's paper and online story? Send it to news@riponpress.com. Pictures are welcome as well.

Darts attacking specific private citizens or local businesses will not be allowed.

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