Teaching our children about diversity is one of the most important lessons they can learn. Everyone is not the same. I guess the sixth-grade parents who called in to complain about just such teachings offered by Dennis Lamberson through the CLC production, "Life is...." felt threatened by that very thought. Under the guise of not appropriate for sixth grade, would those same parents be comfortable if their children saw it next year as seventh-graders, maybe eighth-graders? I think not.
Homophobia is the fear or hatred of homosexuals. It seems that is the lesson those parents would rather teach their sixth-graders.
Repeal the Patriot Act
I believe it is time to stop the unconstitutional attack on the Bill of Rights. It is time to repeal the so-called Patriot Act and recognize it as a draconian attack on our constitution and the Bill of Rights the Congress is sworn to uphold.
Not really holding the line on taxes
Recently Rep. Sviggum sent a letter talking about the $701 million dollar surplus for the state for fiscal year '06 - '07. Let me give some additional information regarding this.
Minnesota does not currently include inflation in the spending portion of its budget, only in the revenue portion. Finance Director Peggy Ingison projects an inflation rate of 3.5 percent over the biennium which reduces the $701 million to $150,000. State law requires that a surplus must be used to repay the school districts for cost-shifting that occurred during the '02-'03 biennium. Currently the debt to the school districts stands at $795 million dollars. If the entire surplus was applied to the debt owed to the school districts, we will have left the schools with only a $94 million dollar shortfall!
During the last session, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill that would have factored inflation into both the revenue and expenditure line items of state government. The governor opposed it and the Minnesota House never even gave the bill a hearing.Part of what "triggered" this surplus was the state receiving inheritance tax dollars from two estates. Other surplus dollars came on the backs of child care, education, health care, transportation, state government shutdown, only to mention a few. I don't believe these are the places we should take from to get a surplus. Finally, Rep. Sviggum states, "because the legislature was adamant on holding the line on taxes..." Property taxes have been raised by over $2 billion dollars and fees have also been raised by $2 billion dollars. I hardly call that holding the line.
House District 12A candidate
Shoppers need common courtesy
What ever happened to common courtesy? To behaving like a lady or gentleman? I am talking about nothing more than everyday manners. Whether I am driving or standing in line or even shopping this Christmas season, I am encountering rude people. No wonder some kids today are so rude - they are learning by example from their parents. While waiting in line for the horse drawn sleigh rides at the Nisswa City of Lights, two separate families stepped in front of dozens of families that had been waiting a half hour or more. And I would be shocked if someone would say "Excuse me" or didn't glare at me when I said it while shopping. I know what I am going to do so that my children will be polite gentlemen and lady - use the manners my mother taught me. What are you going to do?
'Street Scene' was well done play
After seeing the BHS Theatre production of "Street Scene", I was reminded of something Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children." This play was both entertaining and thought-provoking in a way not normally seen in a High School production.
Kudos to Mrs. Albrecht and her able cast and crew.
Came across a great Web site today
Members of our troops are looking for a few simple things in life, whether it be a letters of support, a few hygiene products, magazines, video games, a movie, socks, etc. Anything to help them think about home for a few minutes and take their mind off daily duties.
They'll let you know when you read some of their messages. The "Any Soldier" campaign has been set up for us, to send a little bit of home to our troops.
Please check out their Web site......http://anysoldier.com/.
Crack down on employers
I talked to my conservative son in North Carolina about work and lack of it. Several plants in his area have moved or are moving most to Central America. There are a lot of Central Americans working in the area. Racial tensions are getting very high. A short time ago an undocumented worker driving a company pick-up with four other undocumented workers hit a school bus and a number of children were hurt and four of the undocumented workers were killed the other was seriously injured. The injured worker is being deported back to his home country. The locals were very upset that that was all that was going to happen and want to lynch some of the workers of the same ethnic background.
I could see being upset but I think that the employer who owned the truck should go to jail and the injured worker should be entitled to care for the rest of his life. There is a way to get a handle on illegals working in the U.S A vigorous campaign to locate them. When they are located the employer assumes responsibility for the paying both employer's and employees' part of Social Security and Medicare taxes to the federal government for the last year, the cost of one one-way and one round-trip fair to the capital city of the worker for the worker and an escort to get him home. In addition the employer should provide the employee with six month's wages at a living wage. If the employer knew that he faced that penalty he wouldn't take the chance. It's only fair to contribute to the Social Security funds what they would have received if they had hired legal workers.
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