I was intrigued by the recent featured guest column in our local paper by an "account developer" from Golden Valley. Our friend from the metro suburbs seemed very concerned about a proposed law that would have employees who receive government funded health benefits to identify their employer. The state would then report the numbers of employees of large employers with over 50 employees who receive government funded health benefits. The law does not require employers to change their benefit packages at all, and would of course keep the names of individual employees confidential.
What is all the fuss about? Why does the state chamber of commerce have someone from Golden Valley writing to the Dispatch, and probably newspapers all over the state, complaining? It appears that many large employers, especially in the retail sector do not want us to know how many of their employees depend on the government for health insurance. Many or our largest companies, with huge profits and highly paid executives rely on the taxpayers to pay for health care for millions of their employees. Fifteen states now have reporting requirements, which have shown that one corporation, Wal-Mart has employees receiving 271 million in government funded health care benefits in just those states. Talk about corporate welfare! Wal-Mart managers have even gotten caught advising employees to apply for public assistance.
Instead of having 'account developers' send letters all over the state trying to prevent companies from having to tell the taxpayers how many of their employees are receiving publically funded health insurance, our largest retail employers and their friends in the state chamber of commerce should be putting their money into health insurance for their workers.
Holm keeps packing them in
I was totally shocked, and even angered, by John Hansen's review of the fabulous Johnny Holm Band. Johnny and his band have been pleasing huge crowds for 30 years. He knows how to please the crowd. He plays what the crowd wants to hear. He knows what makes them dance. He keeps them coming back time after time. He knows, being the true entertainer that he is, how to make them happy.
This is what a true musician does. He plays for the crowd. He makes them feel at home. This is why he has been a consistent and successful entertainer in the Minnesota music scene for so many years.
Now it's my turn. If you call yourself a music critic, then you should be more "open minded" to the music industry. If you only like bands that play the songs or style of music you like, then you're in pretty small company. Johnny has over 30 years experience. How much experience do you have as a critic? My guess is you weren't even born when Johnny started packing the crowds in 30 years ago...and has kept packing them in ever since.
Koeps show kindness and respect
With each Fourth of July celebration, our family began a tradition several years ago. Like many area residents, all wish to find that perfect spot to view and enjoy the wonderful festivities that Brainerd has to offer.
After locating that "perfect spot" a call was made to Walter and Mary Koep confirming permission to share their boulevard property.
Like many, arriving early is part of the celebration. Mary and Walter have been awesome hosts these past several years. Our family has had long visits with each of them. Now that tradition has expanded to include two new friends.
Our mother enjoys the activities from her wheelchair. Knowing that the area is well patrolled, allows all of us to enjoy a wonderful Fourth of July celebration. Thank you Walter and Mary, for showing us such kindness and respect on this most wonderful day of celebration.
It's not just a mass of cells
Jesus said, "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you." Matthew 7:12.
Isn't a baby, even an embryo in its mother's womb, an other?
Some might say that it's only a mass of cells.
When, then, does it magically become a baby?
Koering supports health care reform
Small business owners in Sen. Koering's district should thank him for a key vote he made for small business in the recently adjourned legislative session. He voted in support of flexible benefit plans, the top agenda item for the state's largest business group, the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota. Better yet, he opposed an amendment to severely limit the usage of these new plans on the Senate floor.
Flexible benefit plans legislation, which recently passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Pawlenty, will allow small employers with two to 50 employees to pick and chose which of Minnesota's 62 mandated coverages they desire to offer and will allow them to tailor their benefit set to the specific needs of their employees similar to the same flexibility that large businesses have who are insured under the federal ERISA law. The plans will also bring large savings for small employers; some may see savings in excess of 20 percent.
Small businesses are being priced out of the health insurance market and we really thank Sen. Koering for standing up for small business and making this key vote. He realizes that small business needs the flexibility to provide a benefit plan that is tailored to the needs of their employees and more cost efficient.
We thank him for his support on this key measure.
Just waiting for the thought police
I don't understand the arguments for letting homosexuals marry. If you believe God created everything and wants what's best for you, you need to believe that he would have made you a woman if he wanted you to marry a man. Also, I don't believe people are born homosexual. Babies and toddlers have no concept of sexuality. Sure, some boys are more effeminate, but not all feminine boys turn out to be homosexuals. When homosexuals say they realized they were a homosexual in their teens, coincidentally, this is often shortly after they were molested by an older homosexual. It's not fair to blame God for something like that.
If it's true that 30 percent of lesbians are mothers, I wonder how many of them left a heterosexual marriage to live as a lesbian, or was she just faking it? Also, if people are so worried about the children of lesbians having stability, why don't they encourage these women to find a good man, or to live a chaste life, because their children are very unlikely to find stability with two mommies.
Letting homosexuals marry is unlikely to make them less promiscuous if it doesn't make heterosexuals less promiscuous. Even many Christians seem to have forgotten that heterosexuals are called to abstain from sexual relations until they are married. Marriages where both spouses are virgins are not nearly as likely to end in divorce. Can you imagine homosexuals "saving themselves" for marriage? I can't.
That's all I have to say for now. I guess I'll just kick back and wait for the thought police to officially charge me with the crimes of homophobia and first-degree intolerance.
To fellow pain sufferers
If you plan to attend an upcoming seminar on back and neck pain relief, do yourself a favor and research this "institute" on the web. There is plenty to read! The old saying "if it sounds too good to be true" certainly seems to apply in spades here.
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