Hearts & Darts

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 March 25 2021 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Ernessi Farms moves-1

Bryan Ernst stands in front of the new home of Ernessi Farms: 111 E. Fond du Lac St.

Hearts to Ernessi Farms for receiving Envision Greater Fond du Lac’s 2020 Business Excellence Award. The hydroponic vertical farm’s expansion is nearly complete at the old Market Fresh site.

Darts to our foolish friends who, frankly, are so feeble-minded they resort to the flawed, failed and fatuous F-word. And no, “fricken” is not F-bomb lite. There are richer, more descriptive adjectives than F. Use those instead, and you will be deserving of an A.

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“So obviously Kane is able.”

— Ripon Rotarian and Ripon College professor and assistant football coach Rick Coles introducing to fellow service club members the first Ripon College men’s basketball coach to reach 100 wins faster than any of his 25 predecessors. Kane, who also is the college’s athletic director, has coached since 2012 at Ripon, where he has earned a career record of 133-69.

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Darts attacking specific individuals or local businesses will not be allowed.

(11) comments

Adam Umbreit

I think it all comes down to how a person presents themselves in their community. Kriss might be known forever as “the angry guy who started the hate group “Ripon Uncensored.” Of course, the use of swear words is a right of living in this country that it is a freedom of speech. But the biggest issue raised is when those who are using swear words publically is how do you want to be perceived as a person to your community? “Trumpism” has publicly shown the worst in us of how many folks are “publicly perceived." Those who use profane language publically without thought of repercussion will be known by everyone in their community forever as “that person has a fowl mouth” or “that person who has no moral standards towards others” or “that person cares nothing about their own reputation or how they look as a person to their community.” Everybody swears no doubt! Heck, I have even heard multiple priest swear when they were angry but most moral intelligent folks know when and where to use those kinds of words and are those who do not present themselves publicly with foul mouths. How do you want to be perceived in your community is what you should be asking yourselves.

Kriss Standke


Mark Alexander

Pardon me... Blocked. And by the way his group where the ones going through the roof when anyone said Anything negative about trump even if it was done politely. Imagine how they'd react if left leaning people had F trump signs and flags up

Mark Alexander

To know kriss and why he is the way he is just check out ripon uncensored. He is the one who started it I believe. And between the crazy conspiracy theories they post on there and patting each other on the back for making some racist remarks or claiming research gotten from websites like conspiraciesforfools.com and the like its no wonder he said what he did.

His group of nuts on there blatantly attack anyone who trys to have an intelligent conversation about any of the fraudulent fake news things they post as fact. I saw he block several people who made sane concise rebuttals to postings some of his regulars made. So much for free speech huh kriss??? Like always only when it suits your sides narrative is free speech alright

Kriss Standke

You couldn't possibly be further from the truth! The left is constantly eroding the rights of the American people! They want to take away your rights to defend yourselves and now they want to take your rights to criticize them! Open your eyes and see what's happening right in front of you. As far as Ripon Uncensored goes... the page has taken on a life of it's own. It was supposed to be about Ripon's issues. You are not even a member but feel the need to trash the group and it's members... a typical liberal... how about we make it illegal do do so???

Bill Bumby

After reading your screeds, I find it hilarious that “Ripon Uncensored” bans people! Keep promoting your bastion of free speech, Kriss. 😂

Dale Failor

By the way Kriss, freedom is spelled with a M and not an N.

Kriss Standke

If editing was an option I would have fixed that... typing too fast.

Dale Failor

Kriss, I suppose you think its OK to swear in front of kids also. If you have kids, I feel very sorry for them.

Kriss Standke

Quit supposing...

Kriss Standke

If a word is enough to hurt your "feelings" then you are the problem. For over 200 years our country has prided it self on freedon of speech... if you don't like it... LEAVE!

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