I wonder where the writer whose letter we read in Saturday's Star Tribune, got his information about there being more game in America now than there was when the Pilgrims landed here. I do not follow his logic when he says that "more deer die from starvation than are taken by hunters each year," and so he concludes that, "No politician I know of would be silly enough to outlaw hunting guns."
Those of us who are concerned with the erosion of and attacks upon the Second Amendment by the present administration are well aware that VP Gore would continue the attacks, using the Department of Justice. As recently as August 22, 2000, the solicitor general of the DOJ stated that the position of this administration is that "the Second Amendment does not extend an individual right to keep and bear arms....it must be considered as settled that there is no personal constitutional right, under the Second Amendment, to own or use a gun." He stated this in response to a question posed after U.S. Attorney William Mateja said,"Yes," when Judge Will Garwood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans asked, "Are you saying the Second Amendment is consistent with a position that you can take guns away from the public? You can prevent ownership of rifles, pistols and shotguns from all the people? Is that the position of the United States?"
Silly politicians? Or are we seeing a direct attack upon our Second Amendment rights by an administration bent on confiscating all firearms in this "land of the free?"
I for one do not believe VP Gore, if elected president, would turn the DOJ away from its assigned present-day task of destroying our right to keep and bear arms. He would continue the attack, completing if possible the weakening of this Nation's defenses against anarchy and despotism. Yes, there are politicians who would and do "outlaw hunting guns."
November is American Diabetes Month, a month-long campaign dedicated to providing people with diabetes and their families the latest information. Diabetes education is a life-long process. People with diabetes who receive on-going education can learn to live well with diabetes.
Nearly 16 million Americans have diabetes, a serious life-threatening disease for which there is no cure. Diabetes can lead to vision loss or even blindness. If you catch problems early, you can save your sight. However, you may not have any symptoms. That is why it is important to have a dilated eye exam each year. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure than people without diabetes. If untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke. It can also cause eye and kidney problems. To have a healthy heart have your blood pressure checked at each health care provider visit, lose weight; if you are overweight, stay physically active, and don't smoke. Diabetes can harm the blood vessels and nerves in your feet. When it does, you may not feel a cut or blister on your foot. Left untreated, a cut can lead to infection and possibly loss of a limb. To keep your feet healthy, wear shoes that fit well, check daily for cuts, blisters, redness or swelling, keep your blood sugar close to your goal, cut your nails straight across and file the edges, and take off your shoes and socks and have your feet checked by your doctor at least once a year -- more often if you have any foot problems. The more carefully people with diabetes manage the disease, the more likely they are to reduce their risk for complications.
Area residents who have diabetes, their friends and their families can obtain a free information packet by calling the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-342-2383. The ADA is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. For more information about our local Brainerd lakes area chapter, call 828-1981 or visit our web at www.diabetes.org.
President of Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter
American Diabetes Association
Wants truck keys back
This letter is directed to the person who stole my wallet and truck keys from the Brainerd High School weight room last Monday, Nov. 13. Since I only have one set of truck keys, I would appreciate it if you would unlock my truck (parked in the Senior lot since then), and leave me the keys. Also, you'd save me some trouble if you'd leave my driver's license as well.
Christmas gift suggestion
The Women's Center of Mid-Minnesota is a sanctuary in every sense of the word. We provide safety and shelter for families torn apart by fear and violence. During the past year we have provided shelter to 106 women and 145 children, many of whom were forced to flee their homes without even the basic necessities for starting over.
As Christmas approaches we realize that anticipation is half the fun. For many of the families that seek shelter with us, that anticipation is replaced by dread. Very few have the resources to buy gifts for their families. While we are able to offer them that most precious gift of safety, we need the assistance of the community in providing the more tangible signs of sharing.
For those who are able to help, we have gift suggestion lists. Perhaps your family would prefer the personal touch of adopting an entire family. Cash contributions will be used to purchase gifts. Please call Traci, (218) 828-1216, for more information.
The generosity of our community in the past has enabled us to make Christmas brighter for countless families. For that we are forever grateful. But each year brings new families with new needs. Please join us in our work to end violence against women and children.
Women's Center of Mid-Minnesota
Merit pay for teachers
So the old song "Performance-based merit pay for Teachers" is again playing, this time sung by Gov. Jesse and the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. It's about the same lyrics that I heard for my 33 years in the classroom while trying to simply be a "good teacher." The outside educational words of wisdom were then similar -- criticism of the "steps and lanes" pay system regarding my 6 1/2 years of University training -- holding teachers more accountable for student performance -- not be confined to just their performance (grades?) on standardized tests (I think that we called that educating the "whole child," whatever that meant) -- flexibility when it comes to gauging student achievement -- etc. Yet back then I think that we simply called it working hard and truly caring for all kids.
If we really want something new, I wonder if as a forerunner these "all answers people" could design a "performance-based" merit parenting system for all preschool age kids? This could provide additional tax deductions ($500, $1,000 or even $5,000) for those judged as truly "good parents" depending upon the performance of each of their children. Of course kids who didn't meet the stringent "graduation" standards would stay home to keep plugging away in hopes of achieving both the tax deduction and the right to enter a public school.
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