Wearing seat belts is a good idea, but making it a crime not to wear them, is typical of the Democrats that think there should be a law with sharks' teeth for everything. State Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL - Red Wing, by his recent seat belt letter to the editor, seems proud to make more things a crime. If they want to protect us from all misfortune, and even dumb behavior, there is no end to the fruitful field of lawmaking.
Here are some ideas for the Democrats, and even wayward Republicans. Let's make it a crime to buy a candy bar unless you furnish an ID to show you are not overweight. You could also use the ID to be allowed to buy a pizza. Perhaps we should wear some kind of gadget that would show that we have had enough sleep before driving a car. Wet feed may lead to a cold so lawmakers could pass a law that outlaws shoes with worn soles. How about requiring an authorized coat and cap in cold weather? And of course, in the summer, you should be required to wear sun block between sun up and sundown. The sun block would have to be "approved" by a newly created "Sun Blocking Division" of the State Board of Health. For all of these new laws you would have to have more eager police to stop and fine us.
We are the land of the over regulated! I would rather have some freedom left, even if it involves the possibility of getting a cold or sunburned, being overweight, or the consequences of the rare misfortune of not wearing a seatbelt.
A new generation will step up
At the end of World War II America stood alone virtually untouched but transformed by war. We had two-thirds of the total world-wide wealth. Some would say they long for the "good old days" but that situation was unique.
We rebuilt a war-ravished Europe and started to transfer wealth around the world. As we look around the world it is transformed and replenished and we all have benefited. Europe is our equal. Asia is no longer poor. Russia is becoming rich and even Africa is changing rapidly as wealth is spread more evenly. For all the fretting about Mexicans coming to America illegally, Mexico is no longer a "poor" country, but in the upper tier of world economic wealth.
No country in history has ever done more to transform the world in so short a time and so radically. There is greatness still left in Lady Liberty, so don't worry too much. A new generation will step up as they always have. That's what makes America great!
Who really lost the referendum vote?
Who lost? When reading Marv Begin's piece on the District 181 school officials being unable to accept defeat, a few things came to mind. The school officials are not the only ones that lost. Here is how I see it:
1) Some good people, be they teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers etc. are going to lose their jobs.
2) When a group of people in a small community lose their source of income the community's economy will suffer.
3) Brainerd/Baxter's (yes, even Fort Ripley's) reputation as a good community to live in and to work in will be damaged. By not being responsible adults and supporting our schools we are on a downward slippery slope. Even Fort Ripley will lose.
4) Maybe the Crosby and Brainerd/Baxter school boards were telling the truth about how short of money they were. If Marv Begin can't see the other side of the problem, and take some positive action, could it be he lost?
5) As far a Marv's concerns about the teachers' salary increases anybody who thinks a 4.2 percent wage increase is huge...well, you get my point.
I was brought up to believe that the adults in America had the responsibility and moral obligation to provide our children with a free and quality education. The members of Citizens Concerned About School Taxation obviously have other concerns.
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