DL News Staff
Of all the issues being debated at the legislature this spring, I was surprised to see the Clean Car Act described as controversial. A bill that will help save consumers millions of dollars each year, cut air pollution from the single biggest source in the state, reduce risks of global warming, and also support the ethanol industry in Minnesota.
The National Family Farm Coalition today held a press conference call to highlight some of the deeper causes for the unprecedented collapse in dairy prices, with farmers facing $10 per hundredweight milk, while costs of production average $20 nationwide. NFFC Dairy Subcommittee Chairman Paul Rozwadowski, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, said, "Those ag economists and others who are falsely accusing dairy farmers of overproducing milk and stating we have too large a supply of dairy products as a way to justify these ruinous low prices couldn't be more wrong.
More and more employees are being laid off daily. This is a sign of the economy and various other factors. Many of our friends, neighbors and family members share their stories of how they were told they were no longer going to be employed. Recently I became one of those who could share their experience with the termination process. You are asked to step into the department manager's office and have a chair. You face the department manager and human resources manager as they say the dreaded words that you did not want to hear.
The proposed "wet house" will house up to 40 chronic alcoholics and provide them with shelter, meals, laundry and other services. Some of these alcoholics have been through treatment 10, 15 and even 20 times, partially at taxpayer expense, and continue to drink. In the "wet house" they will be allowed to continue to drink. Olmsted County plans to build this new facility next to the children's soccer and baseball fields. Why am I writing to your newspaper?
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