DL News Staff
Governor Mark Dayton is proposing a change in the sales tax which would reduce the state sales tax rate, but broaden the reach of sales tax to many other goods and services. I feel that the reduction of the base rate is simply an attempt at making this idea more popular with consumers who might not realize the large impact this change will actually have. Most people are unaware of the fact that there is a proposal to tax real estate transactions in this new proposal.
As a former high school and college player, it was a hockey dream come true last Sunday at the Detroit Lakes outdoor ice rink. My brother-in-law Rob and I were at the rink by noon. As the Zamboni left the ice, we remained as the only two skaters with a sunny sky, no wind and a perfect ice sheet. We passed the puck over a hundred feet for about ten minutes, when we were joined by two more players about 12 years old. I was assigned to play with Austen in a two-on-two match.
The current hubbub over the "fiscal cliff" and related fiscal concerns such as the sequester and debt ceiling, are distractions from truly serious matters. They only deal with money -- who pays the nation's bills and how we can reduce costs while increasing revenues to regain fiscal health.
On Feb. 6, I experienced the joy of being helped by others. My day began by attending 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Rosary and spending additional time visiting Jesus in the Adoration Chapel. Then I focused my "mind's eye" on the map of D.L. to see what directions I would go to cover the six steps I needed to make. I finished five of them and headed to Walmart. Got my groceries and other needs, went to my car, unloaded my groceries in the back seat and noticed my rear tire on passenger side was very low. So I quickly took off for Tire's Plus to blow up my tire.
The year of 2012 was a record breaker. President Obama was re-elected with a five million vote advantage over Romney. A clear 50 percent plus majority. President Obama also ended the Iraq war, as promised. The war with Iraq was advertised by Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Hadley, Richard Pearl, Cheney and others, as a low cost solution to a non-threat. The cost was promoted at a low cost of $60 billion. Hey, no problem -- right? Let-'er rip. Gen. Franks claimed to be surprised and delighted to lead our forces -- other generals were equally surprised.
When NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre stated, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," I absolutely agree with him. Another thing I agree with is our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. But what I would like the NRA to tell me is how are they going to identify the good guys from the bad guys? Will they have armbands of different colors? Or maybe some kind of special hat? What if a good guy decides to be a bad guy or the opposite happens? Then how will I tell them apart?
Just about everyone you talk to nowadays, knows that when it comes to business, both good leaders and good employees are getting harder and harder to come by. Many reasons exist from high costs of operating for companies to carrying of the mindset of disrespect of people in general. Taking a look at the past compared to what we have going on now, is a very great span of differences, both in thinking and doing.
In response to the grievous journey of Eric Bergeson (Country Scribe) as reported in the Record of Jan. 13, 2013: Dear Lost and Confused in Austin, Texas, May I point out your errors -- in the order you made them so that hopefully your next trip will be better. 1. No one who flies is innocent. (One is molested -- albeit technologically -- at every departure.) 2. When you're in a strange city, consider a taxi instead of renting a car. 3. I could have warned you, but you didn't ask. 4. Forget New Zealand, sheep aren't too dangerous to a man in a car. 5.
These days our country is "up-in-arms" over the shootings that have recently occurred in Connecticut and elsewhere in too many places. We are panicked and rightly so. Where are we safe? Not in churches, schools, movie theaters or homes. The safest place should be in our mother's womb. January 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to allow people to legally kill the unborn in the womb.
I was certainly not surprised to see Mr. Tobkin's letter on Jan. 20, regarding abortion and Roe v. Wade. He has been writing his tirades for years. What does surprise me however, is his closing question. When will we get this figured out? I believe quite a few of we Americans, do have it figured out. (63 percent approving Roe v. Wade). It seems to me Mr. Tobkin is in the same time-warp as many of our learned Congressmen and talk show hosts.