DL News Staff
A great many kindnesses I receive throughout the year make me feel grateful. It doesn't have to be Christmas to make me feel appreciative. Those of us working in "service occupations" often never know what kind of an impact we are having on a group or an individual. Two surprise "gifts" during 2012 are noteworthy, and, to the giver, cost nothing but gathering up the gumption to offer the verbal bouquet. Everytime my memory harkens back, I find myself happy, smiling, and an internal feeling of satisfaction. One was right here in Detroit Lakes. The young man is Mike Sorenson.
In Samuel B. Griffith II's book, The War For American Independence, he describes General Washington being summoned by Congress to Philadelphia in December of 1778 to discuss the condition of the army. Washington wrote a letter describing the men of Congress. "...idleness, dissipation and extravagance seemed to have laid fast hold of most of them...
It's that time of year again, yes flu season is here. Every year the flu leads to some 200,000 hospitalizations and even 36,000 deaths. The populations most at risk are the young children ages six months to five years, adults over age 50, and anyone with a chronic condition but everyone can do something to reduce the rates of influenza this year. Public health officials urge everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu virus.
Here is a letter that I am sending to the Member of Congress from my District and the two Senators from Minnesota. If you or your readers think this concept has merit, I ask you to clip it out and mail it, or copy it and forward it to yours: I am sick and tired of the endless discussions of how to "ding" around with the current, many thousand pages of Tax-Law. Here are eight points that seem desirable to me, as a citizen. It requires totally scrapping the existing and confusing U.S. Tax-Code. That would be replaced by a simple to understand National Sales Tax, or NST. 1.
When Thanksgiving turkey is still digesting, the Christmas season, or should I say the Holiday Shopping season commences. Like a shot, the American public leaves the starting blocks, sprinting to the nearest big box stores on a treasure hunt of discounted popular merchandise. Hey, it's good for the economy, right? Retailers claim Friday after Thanksgiving is when they first operate profitably "in the black" for the fiscal year.
The holiday season is a time for many of us to reflect on our blessings. We are thankful for the love of family and the warmth of friends. I know this season I am feeling especially grateful to live in such a generous and caring community. Did you know we can be a hero to a child in need; we can help a family through tough times; we can give assistance to a senior citizen?
There's something special about a group of people gathering together on a cold, windy morning to participate in a 5k. It doesn't matter how many races I run or how large or small the event, every time I stand at the starting line I get an overwhelming surge of excitement and energy for what I'm about to do. This Thanksgiving morning was no different as I, and nearly 75 others, came together in Lake Park to run the first annual Families Forever Turkey Day 5k.
As a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, it has been brought to my attention that there is an issue of cyber bullying in Detroit Lakes, especially via Twitter. In my public discourse class at Gustavus Adolphus College I have been researching the effects cyber bullying, specifically Twitter bullying, has on students and other members of the community. From my research I learned that students who have been Twitter Bullied may have lower self-confidence than other peers. This can have a negative impact on the student's academic achievement and also lead to depression and anxiety.
November is National Hospice Month and National Family Caregiver Month. As a provider of hospice services, we are intimately involved in the day-to-day lives of many caregivers, both personal and professional, and know the challenges and rewards of their roles. Caregiving is hard work. And, for those who unwittingly find themselves in this role, it can be overwhelming and daunting. They are daughters, husbands, parents, and dear friends who care for their loved ones; strangers down the street; and people who just show up to help.
Congratulations to Steve, Don and Tammie on winning seats on the Frazee-Vergas School board. I am confident they will do a good job in continuing the sucesss we have in our school district. I appreciated all the support I received and continue to receive. Also, congratulations to the district for passing the $700/pupil operating referendum. I believe the administration and school board made an honest effort to see what was needed and what would work best for the district. With the new school board and referendum in place, I believe more good things will be happening in the future!