DL News Staff
Literacy is important and should not be taken for granted. To achieve better literacy, people need to make better efforts to improve their reading skills and habits. Here are some surprising statistics about reading habits: 1) 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives; 2) An even larger number, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college; 3) the "average" American reads at a 7th or 8th grade level and 4) 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
The Lakes Area Parrot Heads would like to thank everyone in our community who has supported our causes in the past seven years. It is with your generous contributions and assistance that we are a thriving. Our annual events continue to grow and benefit those in need. In the past year we have been able to donate to Habitat for Humanity, Mahube Giving Tree, Becker County Food Pantry, Adopt-A-Highway and many residents of local nursing homes to name just a few.
Neighbors, Friends, Teachers and coaches have had such a positive influence in our daughter's life, but we need to give a special thank you to Doc Seaworth and Coach Hogenson. Our daughter went down with a knee injury in a basketball game in Hawley. Between coach Hogenson and Doc Seaworth, she couldn't have been in better hands. After seeing patients all day, Doc received a call from Hogie and Doc drove over to Hawley on a Thursday night. He made sure she got the proper treatment the next day. The news is a torn ACL but we know she is in good hands.
West Central Initiative is proud of (and impressed with!) the work of our Community Action Agencies. In our role as a regional foundation and convener, we work with the Community Action Agencies in west central Minnesota to ensure the economic success and stability of our families. We believe healthy families create healthy communities. Community Action Agencies provide the triage to diagnose and quickly treat the barriers that keep individuals from being gainfully employed and financially secure.
I wonder if all the people who voted for Republicans in this last election in Wisconsin knew what they were getting into as far as collective bargaining to balance the budget is concerned. Of course governor Walker let the police and firefighters and state troopers keep their collective bargaining power so they could keep order in case this situation gets out of hand (or at the very least a lot of people congregate in one place and the governor needs to prevent too much dissent).
I would like to applaud the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission for approving the River Hills additional boat slip permit. I encourage the City Council to take the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the request as well. I have lived on Detroit Lake for the past 38 years and I would have to say in my opinion the majority of the lake abuse comes from the non-lake property owners using the public accesses for lake access.
The Minnesota Legislature is out of the gates, and many policy-makers are clearly intent on greeting businesses with a "welcome" sign rather than having job-providers view Minnesota in their rearview mirrors. Witness the momentum for streamlining the environmental review and permitting process. We're seeing similar positive signals in such areas as alternative teacher licensure and removing the ban on consideration of additional nuclear power. As important as these policy measures are, however, the heavy lifting awaits on the state budget.
Fifty years ago as of this writing (Feb. 18) I was a junior at Washington High School, Milwaukee, Wis. If you would have asked my classmates or me to find Viet Nam on a map, few of us would have been able. However, on Feb. 28, 1961, the first non-clandestine casualty of the war occurred, later causing Congress to make this the official date of the beginning of the Viet Nam War. They determined the ending date to be May 7, 1975.
A 2/3/11 report on Gingrich's attack against the EPA prompted a survey. It shows bipartisan support for the EPA, and for EPA's effort to combat air and water pollution. 77 percent of those surveyed, including 61 percent of Republicans surveyed, urge Congress to let the EPA do its job. As DOE Secretary Steven Chu has shown, we need to develop "energy innovation hubs" this year. Far from legislating favors for coal and oil, our Congress needs to restore our country's lost lead in technology, including energy alternatives to oil and coal.
In Wisconsin, we're seeing the new governor exaggerate a budget crisis in order to destroy the state's unions, except of course for the few that supported his election. Wisconsin is supposedly broke, yet Walker could afford to give his business allies over $100 million in tax breaks his first week in office. And don't think this is an isolated incident; really it's just the beginning. Anyone who has an eight-hour workday, weekends, overtime, vacation, or worker safety gets it only because labor unions fought for it.