DL News Staff
Are Minnesotans going to stand idly by and watch our formerly vibrant, progressive state slide into mediocrity, because of unwillingness to pay the price of good education for our children? Our country's founding fathers believed in public education. They made a commitment to an enduring public school system only nine years after the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Through the Land Ordinance of 1785, the United States Congress provided for the establishment of townships, consisting of thirty-six, one-square-mile sections.
1.1 billion people face food shortages according to recent estimates by the World Bank. When grain prices double, people living on $1-2 per day and spending half or all that on food can no longer afford the calories needed. Rice, which feeds close to two billion people worldwide, has been more stable than corn and wheat, but now rice prices are rising, up 20 percent by December says the USDA.
After a recent trip to Kenya, Africa, I became aware of a need for soccer shoes to outfit teams playing in a city league in Kitale. Watching these high school aged youth play in a newly formed league, I saw that many of the players were playing barefoot and others were able to secure shoes only by renting them for the game. After talking to Dave Carter and asking for his help, he promptly got the word out and distributed posters about recycling soccer shoes for Kenya. So far over 25 shoes have been donated and will soon be sent over.
Outrage -- that was my first response to the "sea" of garbage at We Fest. I wondered why we allowed this mess to happen. In my head, I started formulating a letter to the editor determined that people should know about this filth. I was here to help my daughter with this service project on behalf of 4-H. Armed with latex gloves and garbage bags, we started picking up aluminum cans, food, clothing, lawn chairs, etc. We thought that next time, we would bring rakes to put it in a pile before putting it into the bags.
"Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince." (Proverbs 17:7) Our president prefers to give speeches while being a fool and purposely leading us into Marxist Socialism with his policies. But, we are also fools to allow him to do it. Our Tea Party (third party) patriots must keep up the pressure on Congress to immediately cut taxes, which will create many millions of jobs. They must also insist on capping the spending and stopping the automatic spending increases year after year in our government.
I volunteer for a wonderful organization called Let's Go Fishing. It's my privilege to take older adults, veterans and kids on "Free" pontoon fishing and scenic excursions. Fishing has always been an important part of my life but the opportunity to share my beloved sport has been a blessing to me. Often I get to watch a child's eyes light up as they board the large canopy covered pontoon and are handed a rod and reel provided by LGF. Watching their excitement and hearing a giggle and shout as they catch their first fish is very rewarding.
The 2011 Becker County Fair's Tractor Parade was a very successful event.
Did you know that the top one percent of our population holds the assets equivalent to 90 percent of our population? Did you know that 400 people of that one percent hold the assets equivalent to 156 million of our citizens? Did you know that 25 hedge fund managers have a "loophole" of a minimum of 4 billion dollars? Did you know the Paulson Hedge fFnd of $4.9 billion is the equivalent of 184,000 of our fellow citizens? None of these people are "job creators." The appropriate term is "parasites." You "tea baggers" are subsidizing them.
The problems our nation faces at present have been fertilized to grow long ago. Long ago when pacifism was the norm. The time for its reaping is due, along with the pain. Similar to the parable of the 10 virgins mentioned in scripture: Five wise and five foolish. Similar also to the sailor recruit during World War II who didn't take basic training seriously. After graduating from basic he was assigned to a destroyer to be sent into the deep and distant Pacific. The crew aboard the destroyer was notified that the area they'd be entering was saturated with Japanese mines and submarines.
I just got through reading through the new Minnesota State Budget. I think a lot of people might have missed the disclaimer in small print at the end of the document. "Absolutely no millionaires were hurt or sacrificed in any way during the making of this budget." I know I feel a lot better knowing that no one will have to give up their mink covered toilet seat on their new yacht. There were some good lessons to learn in personal finance, however, for the rest of us who have to figure out how to pay all of our new property taxes and state fees. Pay your taxes with a credit card.