DL News Staff
The Minnesota legislature is considering a bill that will allow Minnesota to join with 14 other states in requiring auto manufacturers to make and sell vehicles that pollute less and as a result are more fuel efficient. The bill is before the House Environmental Committee as I write. There is no doubt that times are hard right now. People everywhere are looking for ways to tighten their budgets. None have forgotten that last summer's gas prices were more than $4 per gallon.
The ability to understand the different levels of service is difficult. One has to understand that township roads do not need to look like super highways. Township roads need to be simple, safe, and affordable! We cannot afford to run with these "pie in the sky" ideas from out of town engineering firms. We are living in tough times. Any family knows you can't spend more than you've got. And just because Burlington Township will receive the $465,000 voted on at last years annual meeting, does not mean we need to spend it. This is not the time to tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend.
As a citizen, former chairman of the Burlington board and moderator at the last annual meeting, I would like to express my opinion of the road issue being raised. The majority of the taxpayers attending the 2008 annual meeting approved the Eagle Lake road project. This is an example of why you, as taxpayers, need to attend these meetings, voice your opinion and vote on the issues. The increased tax levy for the Eagle Lake road project is only a one-time increase. The tax levy that will be voted on at the annual meeting on March 10 should be decreased by that same amount for next year.
Our senators and representatives in Washington must stop giving our money to people who are not using it to help us -- we, the people. Congress needs to make sure that Wall Street faces the consequences of their actions before anymore taxpayer money is put on the line. What has happened to common sense? Experts agree on the key principles.
Eight important Burlington Township facts: 1. The Burlington Township levy is set by the taxpayers at the annual meeting. 2. The 2009 levy voted on by the taxpayers in 2008 went up 32 percent (to fix Eagle Lake Road). There will be no assessment to the residents along that road. It has been 27 years since anything has really been "fixed" on that road, just always "patched." With some of the big dips and holes forming under Eagle Lake Road, we do not want to have an issue like the death of the little girl in Fargo.
I need to make a comment on the advertising of the local businesses on the "purchase $500 and receive $500 in free groceries." I recently went to a furniture store in Perham, with that type of advertising. I honestly thought you would get a certificate for $500 to buy groceries. I made a purchase over $500, but they were out of certificates. I returned a week later and picked up my certificate, only to find out that you have to register online or mail it in and then you have to send them grocery receipts in the amount of $100. Then they will mail you a certificate for $25. This goes on for 2
It so happens, this person had an exotic fish in an aquarium. This particular fish was very active; it moved with great speed. The aquarium was large enough to accommodate its normal activity fairly well. One day the owner walked into the living room and to his dismay found the cat with this fish in its mouth. Immediate action was taken to extricate this exotic fish from the cat. The fish was still alive, somewhat damaged, but was immediately replaced into the aquarium. Now the question was, how did the fish escape the aquarium?
From the trials of history and the embryo of social allegiance, we've finally matured to a defining cohesive social partnership in this country. These times clearly exercise the spiritual muscles that sustain us and the mutual inner desire to identify what is good. Together, we have set aside the segregating serums, which have plagued our growth and have tainted the fibers of love so evident in our blueprints of life.
February is Career and Technical Education Month. In recent years, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in our public schools have been "left behind" due, in part, to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. This is unfortunate. CTE is essential for a strong, well-educated workforce. Our workforce is the engine that drives our local, state and national economies and determines our status in the international marketplace. Career and Technical Education gives students opportunities to enhance their mastery of basic skills such as reading, writing, science and mathematics.
The situation confronting Minnesotans eventually having a senator take his rightful seat is becoming more bizarre by the moment. One week ago, the committee that meets to discuss state-local government operation reform, technology and elections, voted to stop a very sensible and logical voting requirement from taking place. This requirement was a simple photo ID, aka driver's license, or such like. Our Minnesota representative from District 9B, a member of the pre-mentioned committee, stated that this shouldn't be allowed because our senior citizens are not "used" to presenting a photo ID wh