DL News Staff
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
Your Feb. 3 article headline regarding the abuse of a patient at Sunnyside Nursing home was offensive for three reasons. First, what's with that flippant little phrase "Put a sock in it?" This shows gross disrespect for the patient and the abuse that she endured. Second, your headline stated, "Nurse accused of mistreatment." If you read the article, it is obvious this person was a nursing assistant, not a nurse, which is a different, distinct profession with many different educational and legal responsibilities.
Banning cell phone use while driving is not punishing the good drivers. It is protecting everyone on the roads. You may be the best driver on earth and can do several things at once all perfectly while driving (news flash: you can't). Your incredible skill offers no protection from the worst driver on earth who is coming at you in your lane at 60 mph oblivious to what is happening because they are busy on the phone discussing matters much more important than your life. Take a look at www.distraction.gov .
For the past few weeks there has been a lot of comments and opinions on what is happening in the Frazee School District. I would like to add my opinion to some of these issues. There have been numerous comments about the audit and what it portrayed. Different views in different newspapers, letters to the editor and such. I sat in the meeting with Mr. Johnson and the first thing he told us was what he would be covering in his report.
As Becker County Community Health Supervisor, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many people who assisted us in delivering vaccinations during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. A Mass Vaccination Clinic requires participation of multiple community partners in order to be successful. Here in Becker County, our partners truly stepped forth to make our events happen.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recommended a ban against the import of nine snake species commonly sold as pets. It's about time. Captivity is often a death sentence for reptiles and in too many cases, for the people who "had" to have them as well. People all over the country have been seriously injured -- many fatally -- by their pet vipers, pythons, and boa constrictors.