We are in second grade and have decided to start saving our planet. We read "The Wump World" by Bill Peet and we don't want our world to be destroyed. The Wump World was destroyed because the pollutians were wasteful and didn't take care of the world.
One simple step is to start saving electricity. Making electricity uses natural resources and causes pollution. The Christmas season should not be about who can have the largest outdoor light display. Stop wasting electricity on large outdoor holiday decorations. You will help save our planet and save yourself money.Here are some ways you can decorate and not waste electricity.
1. Decorate without lights.
2. Use LED lights. They use ten times less energy and they last longer.
3. Only turn your lights on a couple days a week or a few hours a day.
4. Keep all lights and appliances off when you don't need them.
What will you do to save the earth? Start now! We want to grow up and live on a healthy planet Earth. Will you help us?
Second Grade at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary
Dr. Simons' return to Crosby
Dr. David Simons, my mentor, friend and colleague was recently in Crosby, Minn., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Simons' flight into space out of a 400 foot deep mine pit in Crosby. Later in Simons' distinguished career, he met Dr. Janet Travell, a pioneer in the diagnosis of myofascial pain due to trigger points. The two collaborated on the 1983 definitive book, the "Trigger Point Manual." Drs. Travell and Simons also helped edit chapters on whiplash, fibromyalgia and stress in "Taking Control of TMJ." A highlighted copy is available at the Crosslake Library and Pequot Lakes Library to guide those interested in learning self-help techniques for recovery from TMJ pain, whiplash, fibromyalgia, and related disorders.
Dr. Bob Uppgaard
The evils of moral relativism
On Nov. 19, the Other Opinion Column featured a reprint from the Los Angeles Times, titled "A Papal Listening Tour?" In this column, the LA Times opined the Pope should listen to those who believe a great deal of "...mischief would be caused by a decree that could force Catholic officials to choose between their responsibility to their constituents or the Constitution and their standing in the Church."
It is heartening to see the LA Times finally admit there's a written Constitution in U.S. that should be followed. Up to this point, their interpretation of the Constitution is that it is a sort of a guideline written by a bunch of old men a few hundred years ago that can be turned upside down at the slightest whim by judges, lawyers, and politicians. Now, I ask the LA Times and you, which version of the Constitution should a Catholic politician follow?
The LA Times and many others in the US are trying to create a climate of total moral relativism. Members of the Catholic faith, along with those of many other religions, realize the evil that results from this approach. The Ten Commandments have never been a daily restaurant menu, to be selected as one chooses. None of us, including the Pope, has the power to change that. Those Catholics who would be politicians don't either.
FYI (For Your Information)
The date is Nov. 11, 2007. Sixty-five years ago today I joined the U.S. Army. We were at war. The watch word was "A slip of the lip could sink a ship," meaning if you know anything about military activities, keep your mouth shut! We didn't have TV. The person on the street knew little about what was going on, so we had some secrets.
General "Ike" could, with the help of us GIs and our allies, use the element of surprise and take back that Nazi fortress of Europe and bring the criminals to justice.
Now, fast forward 65 years. We are at war again. We have TV and we are told this is the information age so the person on the street and everyone else, including our enemies, has the right to know everything about everything. They know when we send in 30,000 more troops. They know that the politicians in Washington, D.C. argue abut paying for it. We all know that the only thing that would cost more than waging and winning this war would be the cost of losing it!
With all that information out there known to everyone, the only ones left with secrets are the terrorists. Their secret is not "if" they will strike again, but "when" and "where."
On Nov. 11, 2007, our commander-in-chief is quoted as saying, "The enemy who attacked us six years ago wants to strike our country again and next time they hope to kill Americans on a scale that will make 9/11 pale by comparison."
With that information out there, it is no secret that we need to pray more for Almighty God's protection.
My dog was murdered in the woods
On Friday, Nov. 16, my boyfriend and I took our dogs for a walk in the woods as we have hundreds of times. We are dog lovers. Our dogs are our children. We had six then, today we have five. On this particular day one of our dogs, "Jefffro," ran into the woods when we arrived like he always does. He was on voice command and would return immediately. He did not return immediately; we only heard his cries. We ran toward his cries and to our horror he appeared from the woods with an arrow through his neck. Someone had shot him with a bow. I shouted some choice words into the woods as this coward did not appear. I then ran to get the truck as my boyfriend carried our blood soaked dog. We brought him to the vet where they informed us that if they removed the weapon (the arrow) he would essentially have little chance for survival. We put him to sleep. My dog was murdered.
We called the authorities on Saturday Nov. 17 to report the crime. I live on County Road 19. My reason for writing this letter is two fold: 1. I hope animal lovers in our community are outraged by the actions of this so-called hunter. 2. If anyone has information regarding this crime please contact the sheriff's department. He or she needs to be held accountable for their actions.
Help vets when they return home
As we celebrated Veterans Day this year, our thoughts and prayers went out to the thousands of men and women who are serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their family and friends here at home. I wonder if any of us truly understand the sacrifices they are making on our behalf, and the challenges they face as they return home.
Last session, we passed many bills that will help make this transition back to civilian life easier - from increasing funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the County Service Officers, to providing $1,000 a semester in financial aid to help them continue their education. The bill also extends education benefits to the spouses of military members who were killed in action.
We also are working to address the post-traumatic stress issues many veterans struggle with, oftentimes leaving them depressed and unable to move forward without the psychological and mental health assistance they so desperately need.
Maybe most important are the small things we can each do on a personal basis for the veterans in our own communities. As they return home, I encourage all of you to reach out to welcome them back, and let them know that we appreciate all they have done for us.
Rep. John Ward
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