Alan Linda has written his last “Prairie Spy” column for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

That’s what a column featuring the complaint about sitting next to an overweight person on an airplane will do to you.

The column, since removed, ridiculed a person Linda called “fat.”

“Not only did this offend many of our readers, it offended us,” the paper said in an editorial about cutting ties with the New York Mills columnist, who wasn’t paid for his effort.

The Daily Journal is more than a newspaper. We are people — people who care about this community and we come in all shapes and sizes. Not one person here at the Daily Journal likes or agrees with body shaming. Ever.

The editor has spoken with his staff that if something questionable like that comes before them, even if he is away, they don’t need to decide themselves whether to print it. They need to call him on his cellphone to get input. It’s a lesson learned.

This should prevent what are called ad hominem arguments going forward. Ad hominem is a Latin term for “personal attack” usually employed when someone wants to skip the issues that matter and just make fun of people instead. We just don’t need that kind of dialogue.

Linda tells the Star Tribune today that he doesn’t see what the big deal is understand what the dispute is about.

He’s written the column for three decades.

He was one of the founders of the Great American Think-Off in New York Mills.

(h/t: Nancy Yang)

Some people can look away from the killings and attacks on innocent people in Syria. And then there are the Canadians.

In the past 14 months, Canadians have welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees.

Some have settled in Yellowknife, one of the coldest cities on the planet.

“I love Yellowknife,” Mustafa Alhajy tells The Guardian in an article today about adjusting to the Canadian cold. “Everyone knows we are Syrian refugees. They stop and shake hands with us and ask us how we are doing,” said Mustafa. “Here it’s not warm in weather, but warm in emotions and feelings.”

And then there’s Jim Estill, of Guelph, Ontario, who has spent $1.5 million of his money to help dozens of refugees.


“You don’t want to grow old and say you stood by and did nothing,” he told CBS’s Sunday Morning audience yesterday.

Canada has a hard time turning away.

Nick Lutz’s former girlfriend is better off.

The Stetson University student got a letter from his ex, apologizing after their break-up.

So he graded it and sent it back. And then posted it to Twitter for the full embarrassment, the BBC reports.

Kids. Put Twitter down.

Spelling mistakes were highlighted, too.

He gave it a “D” grade.

Others on Twitter jumped in to provide even more “corrections.” You’re so classy, Twitter.