As Bemidji City Councilors ponder the implications of the term "Luddite," in today's world, any derogatory implication associated thereto, whether intentional or inadvertent, must certainly be dispelled.

To define "Luddite" as "a person opposed to new technology or ways of working" would be disingenuous. Rather than implying that there exists among us a broad modern-day public that shows such leanings, the term "Luddite" becomes an antiquated mischaracterization.

At this, the dawn of the 21st Century, that broad public can be seen as champions of free enterprise; self-actuating; hard-working, producing in the field and the forest, on the waters, at the forge, on the lathe and the loom; and, embracing technology as labor, if expended toward productive ends.