RFHS Pops Concert


I again attended the Pops Concert at the River Falls High School on May 10. I have enjoyed this concert ever since my grandkids (Sawyer and Sierra Olson) have been in high school, along with the marching band performances put on by the music department.

I have to commend the two band directors, Mr. Jaeckel and Mr. Coughlin, on the amazing job they do with these groups! It's fun to watch them as they direct the Pops Concert and sometimes even pick up an instrument and participate with the students! The marching band does a spectacular job with their performances also. I commend the students who are a part of these groups also! They, too, do an amazing job!

I am blessed to have been able to attend the indoor concerts and some of the marching band performances. The last of my River Falls grandkids will be graduating in the next week or so, and I'm sorry that I won't have a special reason to come to the concerts (I live west of the Twin Cities). However, I will attend if I happen to be in R.F. when there is another one of these activities!

Kudos to all who are involved in these two music groups!

Connie Olson

Waconia, Minn.

When will senior 'pranks' end?


It's that time of year again: High school graduation. Many parents getting ready to host their child's graduation party. Spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars and countless hours getting their homes ready to host a party. I am one of those parents.

In one night of senseless "teenage pranks" everything gets ruined. Houses, cars and driveways end up with hundreds of dollars in damage. Hours of cleanup begin as your blood starts to boil as you ask yourself one simple question ... Why?

Why are these "kids," (who want to be treated as adults, when it's convenient for them), doing this? What are they thinking? Clearly, they think it is funny. I obviously have a different opinion. How did we go from a somewhat harmless, but annoying prank of toilet papering someone's yard, to outright criminal damage to property?

Where is the character education they have been taught since elementary school? Where is the senior leadership? Where is the trigger in your brain that tells you right from wrong?

Clearly these "kids" don't realize many people live paycheck to paycheck, putting a roof over their head, buying them clothes and food and loving them unconditionally. Do they not see how hard their parents are working to support them? Would these kids do the same thing to their parents' house that they did to mine?

When is someone going to do something about these "teenage pranks?" When is someone going to be held accountable for their actions? I'm clearly disappointed and frustrated that these activities continue to occur year after year, and everyone keeps writing it off as a "teenage prank" by some "kids" as they graduate from high school.

To the high school seniors: how about giving that money you spent on toilet paper, peanut butter, chewing tobacco, Vaseline, rubber bands, shaving cream, mustard, syrup, pancake mix and condoms to vandalize my house, to the local food shelf or to support a person or family in need. You want to be remembered for something good? Go back to the houses you vandalized and make it right. Fix the things you broke and pay for the damage you caused. If you do that, trust me, you will not be forgotten.

As these so called "adults" head off to college, it is clear they have a lot of growing up to do and maybe someday they will realize that their actions were not just a teenage prank. I wish them all the best of luck and hope they make better decisions in the future than the one they made last night.

Mike Reardon

River Falls