In spite of all the coverage given the Twin Towers tragedy, and now the Afghanistan situation, the well organized proponents of a tax subsidized stadium for the Minnesota Twins still commands much attention from all the medias, with the governor receiving much negative publicity about all this.
The solution should be to give the un-organized and silent taxpayers a voice on this issue also by putting this on the ballot come the next Minnesota general election (Nov. 2002) with a simple non-deceptive and non-misleading question: Do you favor and would you support a tax-subsidized stadium for the Minnesota Twins? This is the way, and the American way, that a long and forever controversial issue like this should be settled, and then let the majority rule.
On Thursday, Dec. 27 I had one of the best days in my 12-year-old life and one of the worst days. On Thursday, my friend and I went to Ski Gull to snowboard. I was totally excited because it was the first time that I could try my new snowboard that was a Christmas present from my mom and dad. We had a great day, and it wasn't until later when it was time to go home that I also experienced one of the worst days of my life. I discovered that my brand new snowboard had been stolen! I just want whoever took it to know that the board you stole is designed for a kid that weighs 125 pounds or less. You must be big enough to have a driver's license so you have a board that you can't use! So, please return the board to Ski Gull and leave it in the rack, or turn it in and say that you found it in the ditch. Parents, please check and see if your kid has just "gotten" or "found" a red and black Reaction139 snowboard and return it to Ski Gull. No questions asked. I just want my Christmas present back.
Also, a very big thanks to the workers at Ski Gull and others who did their best to help me try to find my snowboard. Hopefully, whoever took my new snowboard will have second thoughts and want to return it.
We were all greatly shocked, saddened, then angered by the loss of more than 3,000 innocent lives on Sept. 11. Our government has taken drastic steps to prevent a recurrence of such tragedy.
Then, on Dec. 13, U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher announced that 100 times that many Americans die each year of diseases caused by aggravated obesity, a self-inflicted, totally preventable tragedy. More than 61 percent of adults and 14 percent of children are affected. He estimated the annual cost to our nation at $117 billion.
Yet, our government is not mobilizing the National Guard at fast food restaurants. It is not detaining hundreds of meat and dairy distributors for secret interrogation. It is not suggesting military tribunals for officials of the meat and dairy industries.
Instead, Congress votes additional subsidies for meat and dairy agribusiness. USDA dumps meat and dairy surpluses on school children. Government medical programs treat victims of obesity at taxpayer expense, without seeking redress from the perpetrators.
As free Americans, we don't have to suffer from our government's myopic perspective.
At the onset of the New Year, let us resolve to replace meat, dairy and other fatty foods in our diet with wholesome grains, vegetables and fruits. Let us insist that our schools offer wholesome meals and nutrition education curricula. Let us reclaim our health and get a new lease on life.
In a letter to the editor on Dec. 19, 2001, the writer has brought up a subject that chemical dependency programs have wished would disappear from lack of attention. Inpatient mental illness programs have used cigarettes to medicate patients for years. It was felt that patients in chemical dependency programs could also use nicotine to medicate their feelings and have an easier time in treatment. The writer is right when he states that smoking temporarily rescues people from their pain and permanently robs them of recovery.
Anyone who tries to quit smoking is well aware that, as the writer states, "they immediately experience feelings and emotions that nicotine has robbed them of from the time they become addicted."
It's time for both mental illness programs and chemical dependency programs to come to terms with their support of the use of nicotine during treatment. Nicotine as a treatment for emotions makes the cure worse than the problems it is used to treat. People are supposed to be in pain in treatment. It is the suffering that provides the motivation to make the changes necessary to turn their lives around and reduce their unmanageability.
It would seem that four things need to happen to deal with the problem the writer addresses. First, program staff need to be nicotine free themselves. This is especially important in chemical dependency programs. Second, programs need to be nicotine free. Third, programs need to address all drug dependency, including nicotine. Fourth, insurance companies need to be required to treat all drug dependency, including nicotine.
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