DL News Staff
The worst thing about what is being called the Great Recession is not the impact on the economy, but on our people. Millions are out of work and looking for jobs. The national unemployment rate is reported at 9.7 percent, but the real rate (including unemployed workers who are not receiving unemployment benefits) is 16.7 percent -- or a little more than one in seven Americans. Here in Minnesota, the official unemployment rate in December of last year was 7.4 percent.
Our people must be among the most generous people on earth. I am so glad to be living in this caring and giving community. The response to our plea for financial support was just outstanding. We did not meet our long term needs, but the gifts given will ensure that the flags will indeed be flying this year. Your readers gave gifts from so many locales, that you and the entire staff of your paper should be very proud.
I would like to once again extend a heartfelt thank you to our family, friends, and community for their generous and loving support of our family during Tyler's illness and death. We couldn't have made it this far without it. I would like to thank Red River Valley Hospice for their kind and supportive staff. I would like to thank the people who helped with Tyler's car restoration and both Gray's Auto Body and Stuart L. for donating the space to get it done. I would like to thank our church family, especially Pastor Cloose, for being there.
This letter is in response to the incident that took place on Pelican Lake on Monday the 15th of February around 4:40 p.m., when a young man was almost struck and his dog hit and killed by three snowmobile operators. With 28 years of law enforcement experience in Colorado, I wish to say a few words about this incident. If this was an accident, someone should have stopped and rendered aid to the young man and his dog.
I am concerned about alleviating pain as much as anyone. I recently experienced the loss of my only sister from ovarian cancer. My mother and dad had brain cancer and colon cancer respectively. But decriminalizing marijuana even for "medical" reasons is not the answer. In 2009 a bill for medical marijuana was passed in the Minnesota Legislature but then vetoed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. This year it has been reintroduced on Feb. 16 by Rep. Kahn (HF 2997). There are at least three reasons why it should not be decriminalized. 1.
In 2009, Professors William P. Ruger and Jason Sorens presented the first-ever comprehensive ranking of the American states on their public policies affecting individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. This study, "Freedom in the 50 states. An index of personal and economic freedom," was conducted at the Mercatus Center on George Mason University. So how does freedom in Minnesota and North Dakota rank out of the fifty states?
It has recently come to my attention that hospitals in Fargo have started to charge $20 to sign a medical form for participation in activities (ie, special olympics, camps, riding lessons, school sports, etc.). If the forms are provided at the time of the physical, there is no charge, but if an opportunity comes up that was not planned for, the hospital imposes the $20 fee. I have been in contact with the hospital and asked them to revisit this policy, as it would have an impact on people with fixed incomes who might not be able to participate because of the cost (these fees are not covere
Senator Langseth wants to add another $1 billion of debt onto the backs of Minnesotans. Why is a $1 billion debt financed bonding bill bad? First, Langseth has justified the large size of this bill because of low interest rates. Unfortunately, the state of Minnesota is facing a deficit of $1.2 billion with the potential of $5 billion deficit in the next two years.
Minnesota communities and their firefighters have had a long and rocky road in trying to maintain adequate fire protection. The fire protection that all the citizens of Minnesota believe in and rely on, in their greatest time of need, must be the best. Twenty thousand firefighters in Minnesota answer the call for help, from you the citizens, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Around 18,000 of these dedicated, highly trained fire service personnel do so with little to no compensation. Many do this for 20 years or more in our communities.
On Feb. 8 on Height of Land Drive, Township 6, the plow went by and left over a foot of snow entering our driveway. On the 9th we drove through it, as we do Meals on Wheels every Tuesday, and it was like that when we came home but plowed through it again. However, on the 10th I went up to get the mail and some wonderful guardian angel had cleaned it all off entering our driveway including getting our garbage can out of the snow. Whoever you are, we can't thank you enough as my husband is recovering from pneumonia. -- Dana & Ginni Powers, Rochert