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Local view: Americans won’t let fear stop them

Published 04/21/2013, Duluth News Tribune

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: I am a big chicken. Not the scared-of-my-shadow type chicken, unless it’s dark or I’m alone in an empty house, but a scaredy-cat nonetheless. I have an irrational fear of spiders, which some people refer to as a “phobia,” but I think “phobia” somehow implies I am crazy. There is nothing crazy about being scared of creatures that are faster than I am, can bite and are sometimes poisonous. Never mind I am roughly a million times bigger than they are. I look at this as a case of the-bigger-they-are-the-harder-they-fall. Which is why I have my 4-year-old kill them for me. No way she will go down as hard as I will.

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