DL News Staff
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.
I'm curious how Heath thinks it was a "jubilant time" when the referendum passed in 2007? Those that were jubilant had to use lies and misconceptions to make it pass. The Frazee-Vergas School District wasn't even close to going into SOD, nor was the school going to close if the referendum didn't pass. Yet that's what was pushed through the residents' minds. I'm also curious about why we keep hearing, "It's for the kids," yet when it comes to spending about $1,494 a year to have the library open in the mornings and longer in the afternoon, some of the board members and Supt.
The majority of people you talk to in the area are sick and tired of all the negative letters that the same people write over and over about the Frazee-Vergas school board and superintendent. We do not need to read about what was said or not said at the school board meetings. If people wanted to know what was said at the meetings, they would be attending them. -- Terry Maier, Detroit Lakes
As a member of this community and someone who enjoys our clean lakes and air, I'm very concerned about the health and environmental effects of air pollution. With energy companies such as Otter Tail Power burning coal so close to home (less than 60 miles to be exact), Detroit Lakes' health is already being impacted by the many toxic particles that contaminate our air, fall into our rivers and lakes, and eventually end up in our food.
After attending the school board meeting on Jan. 31, I came away from the meeting thinking, not only are the board members plates full, they are heaped very high. How did this come about, you may ask? Well let's examine some of the subjects that were discussed at that meeting.
I would be embarrassed if I were the mayor or on the city council of Detroit Lakes. It's as if the city could care less for people shopping downtown, as some of the businesses do not even clean the snow off the sidewalks in front of their businesses. People parking need to find a "hole" in the snowbanks to get to a business. Maybe people should drive to Vergas, where the snow is removed promptly. There's always good food available and businesses that appreciate their customers. The mayor himself is often seen operating snow removal equipment shortly after a snowfall. -- Glen Anderson, Perham
The Damien Society wishes to thank the generous people of our entire community for another successful "Mitten Tree Project" this year.