DL News Staff
The new version of the Specter-Casey Dairy Bill S889 is ready to go. This time, the introduced Bill S889 will be identified as "The Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009." The introduced Bill S889 has been re-written with a few changes, and both Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Robert P. Casey (D-PA) have introduced the new dairy Bill S889. The major change is that the total economic costs on the dairy farms will determine the value of manufactured milk. Again, all manufactured milk will be classified as Class II milk.
Earlier this spring, my wife Shari, our nine-year old son, Jonathan and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for our first visit ever. Even though it was a family trip, my intentions were to meet with various federal offices that could potentially assist me with my efforts in securing a college Internship in the D.C. area. It saddens me to say that we were very disappointed with Amy Klobuchar's staff and the reception we received. To give you a sense of comparison, when we stopped at Representative Collin Peterson's office we were warmly welcomed.
Yes! We are getting worn down by the constant bad news of doom and gloom. We see scant hope or positive notes from our national and global economic slide and turmoil. How about our own local positive stimulus plan in the midst of all this? This may well be the best time to move on to prepare for and invest in the future right here. We are talking about volunteering some nonpartisan citizen grassroots time. This can have profound valued added purpose and effect now and more so in the years ahead.
Attend the County Board public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. Your opinions are needed to help the Board make critical decisions concerning recreational ATV use of public lands in the county.
On Tuesday, the Becker County Board will have a meeting to get the public's input on the classification of Becker County lands in the White Earth State Forest and some other parcels. At a later meeting, the board will vote on how to manage the county lands for off-highway use. Options include "managed," meaning that the forests are open to off-highway vehicle use as they are at present and is the recommendation of the Becker County Natural Resources Committee.
I would like to know what happened to the basic rights of the ordinary citizen. The residents of Minnesota and their neighborhoods are being attacked by a very well organized group of people. The group is riders of ATVs and the companies/dealers who profit from their sales of ATVs. For those of you who do not know what an ATV is, I will explain. Many years ago, a company manufactured a three-wheeled motorized tricycle, most popular was the three-wheeled Honda machine. It was mounted on three large wheels and proved to be popular, although very deadly.
Lets examine the "the worlds on fire" groups' argument that man is causing catastrophic climate change. That's what it is now since the last few years have been cooler. What's their evidence? The temperature has risen and that can only be because of human activities, which is causing terrible storms the likes of which nobody has ever seen. How narcissistic or egocentric must some people be? Follow me as I try and think critically for a moment. Weather is micro. Climate is macro. See the difference?
The 2007 referendum was passed, yet there is talk about cutting teachers, once again, in the Frazee-Vergas school district. We were promised that the small classroom sizes in K-12 would be maintained if the referendum passed. Yes, in K-12; I was at the first referendum meeting on Sept. 27, 2007, and I was informed how important small class size was even in the high school.
Last year, a man in Detroit Lakes left work after arguing with his boss. He stopped for a few drinks then drove home in a bad mood. When he found his wife outside caring for the children instead of making dinner, he flew into a rage. As the children watched in horror, he threw his wife on the ground, kicked her, and when she tried to get up, twisted and fractured her arm. It was the fifth such attack in three months. A neighbor saw the commotion and called the police, who arrived immediately, witnessed the woman's injuries, and arrested the husband.
The growing popularity of motorized recreational vehicles such as jet skies, dirt bikes, ATV's, dune buggies, and mudder trucks, collectively termed "thrillcraft", has become a major threat to the American landscape. Once no more than an annoyance, these machines with their expanding power and agility allow motorized recreationists in ever-increasing numbers to penetrate and wreak havoc on the last wild places on the continent.