Right now the Legislature is considering a bill that will have a profound effect on the unplanned pregnancy rate in this state. Misnamed the "Taxpayer Protection Act," the bill blocks state funding of any organization that has a pro-choice position regardless of how much good they provide their community. The main targets of this bill are pro-choice family planning clinics, but the bill will also affect many community organizations that may maintain a pro-choice stance. Why are abortion opponents trying to do something that will so obviously harm tens of thousands of women and not even accomplish their goal of lessening the number of abortions?
Gagging family planning providers from being able to talk with patients with a full range of medical information will only mean
that fewer women in the state will receive affordable family planning
services. Right now, about 25,000 unintended pregnancies are prevented in this state because of these clinics.
What happens to the unintended pregnancy rate and the abortion rate
when clinics are forced to close? What happens to the STD rate? What kind of backward thinking is this bill? I hope at least the majority of
legislators see this bill for what it is and stop it in its tracks.
I would like to thank the people of Minnesota, our public officials and our governor for passing the concealed carry legislation into law. We have been the victim of two robberies at gunpoint in our own yard in the city of Minneapolis. We were told we could not have a weapon to protect ourselves and not even have our dog in the yard for protection unless he was tied, which would have been defeating the purpose. We felt like bait on a hook.
Now I beg the citizens taking advantage of this new law to act responsibly and treat it as the privilege that it is. A firearm is to be treated with respect for what it can do when we are holding it. It is up to us...are we up to the challenge?
Paul and Babe
Why not keep Paul and Babe at the head of the Paul Bunyan Trail?
By the white Water Tower in Brainerd?
Pick a spot and make a great tourist landmark.
Parks and Rec could put them somewhere so all could see.
Just a few ideas, I hope this helps.
Far from lazy
This is in regards to a letter written by a BHS student about the AEC. I attend the Area Education Center and I also attended the Brainerd High School. I do agree that the AEC and BHS should not be related in any way but not for the reason stated in the letter.
Kids who attend the AEC attend for a reason, not because we are lazy but because we are working through obstacles in our lives that do not allow us to attend BHS. I strongly urge the people who feel this way to visit AEC and talk to some of the people who attend the AEC. I don't spend a lot of time at school but the work that I get to take home lasts me that week before I go back again. We study the same things, just in different ways.
One-on-one teaching allows kids to ask questions and discuss whatever you're talking about that week. My son is 18 months old and I can't bring him to BHS and I can't afford to have him in daycare all day. At AEC there is a daycare for him that is free of charge when I am attending school.
I feel as if I have succeeded and people who call me lazy for finishing high school with a child and going post-secondary my senior year just make me sick.
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