It would seem to make more sense to save on electric costs by cutting out intermittent main road and downtown lights first after say 1 a.m. The big issue these days is reducing up-lighting to cut back on light pollution and wasted light, yet downtown the retro-historic lights, although cutesy, are incredibly inefficient, directing a good portion of the light straight up! See the City Code 515-18-5 that calls for a full cut-off fixture at 90 degrees, but conveniently permits these lights. Shepherd's hook lights would've looked historic and aimed all the light down.
So our local newspaper pens an editorial against vacation days for state workers. In an area whose local economy depends on tourism dollars so heavily, you'd think the local paper wouldn't have such a tin ear. Paid vacation days for workers translate into employment and economic activity for local residents and business owners - some of whom subscribe to and advertise in the local paper.
Editor's note: The Brainerd Dispatch's Monday editorial stated that compensation and benefits of state employees (including the number of vacation days) shouldn't be overlooked as potential budget cuts.
Recently my credit card went from 15.99 APR to 25.99 APR. After calling the credit card company, she says, "Oh, they're doing that to everyone." I was able to pay off my credit card and cancel it right away, but what about those people who can't afford it, who are having a hard time getting food on the table and medicine. Isn't this how our economy went south in the first place because of the housing market and the variable APRs. Aren't we just doing the whole thing all over again?
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