DL News Staff
A huge thank you goes out to our community for the overwhelming support of the school district operating referendum. Your support of this levy shows that you care about the future of our youth and how important it is for them to have a high quality and broad based education. We want to thank the school board and school administration for being good stewards of our money. It has been necessary in the past to trim some of our costs, amounting to about $2.2 million over the past 4 years. The cuts would have been much more serious if this levy had not passed.
For starters, I am most appreciative to our Congressman, Collin Peterson, for having supported HR 2454, the bill "to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy." Thank you! That bill, in a few different forms, is now in the U. S. Senate, and may I express my wish that those in our community and across our country watch its progress, and contact our senators to urge helping it along to the passage of a strong climate change bill. In August 2008, I was present to hear T.
As the healthcare debate continues we must keep our eye on the big picture. Healthcare reform is necessary and it is our legislators that need to keep this legislation moving. As a cancer patient, I see families and patients who have to make extraordinary decisions between treatment and bankruptcy, life-saving drugs and household expenses. We need reform that will give patients affordable and adequate healthcare.
My family was forever changed when my son was born too soon. Weighing just one pound and 14 ounces, he was the size of a water bottle. This is why I support the March of Dimes. November is Prematurity Awareness Month. It's when the March of Dimes focuses everyone's attention on the impact premature birth has on babies and families. My family is not alone when it comes to facing the problems of prematurity. More than a half million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. With one in eight babies born too soon, our country lags behind many other developed nations.
With sincere gratitude, we would like to thank Dan Neumeister and the entire Central Market staff for planning another successful Project Pink Cake Decorating and Auction, which netted over $11,000! Proceeds from the cake auction go to support breast cancer awareness projects and programs in our community. To the decorators, bidders and to Jerome Tappe, our auctioneer, we are humbled by your generosity! We are so very proud to serve this community. -- Tom Thompson, chief executive officer, LeAnn Mouw, director of development and communications, St. Mary's
As a local business owner, I understand and can appreciate the difficulty the city faces in "balancing the books." A considerable amount of my time is spent trying to work more efficiently and more productively. We are always looking for ways to exceed our customers' expectations and looking critically at our competitive advantages in the market place. I would agree that the City of Detroit Lakes shares a lot of similarities to local businesses. Certainly the quickest fix to any budget problem is to eliminate services.
A wonderful youth hockey fundraising dinner was held Friday, Oct. 23 at the Speakeasy restaurant right here in Detroit Lakes. Hockey's "moms," and "dads," too, graciously thank the community for their continued, generous support. The donations from the local merchants were greatly appreciated by everyone. Over 200 young kids from 4 to 15 years of age will benefit from the monies raised.
As a school board member for the past 13 years, I have seen first-hand what an excellent teaching staff, responsible administration, and dedicated support staff make up the district team that provides the education and programming our district offers. It is the reputation of excellence that our district enjoys that helps attract other families and businesses to locate in our community.
We would like to address some points brought up in a recent mailing you may have received from a vote "No" group operating in our school district. The presentation format and statements made in the mailing cause the reader to misinterpret Lake Park-Audubon's situation. Aid Anticipation is money the school district borrows to offset money withheld by the state. It is not additional money for our budget. The state currently withholds 27 percent of our funding. This withheld money is then paid during our next fiscal year.
I don't always agree with the local papers' views. However, the recent "Jeers to City..." regarding staffing of the ice rink hits home with me, along with other indications that our city may not be putting a high enough priority on our youth, or for that matter, on what makes our city special.