"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6. Amen! It's hard to get these elections out of my mind and all that's still going on.
I think there are approximately 1,200 licensed charitable gambling organizations in the state of Minnesota. During the year of 2017 these organizations paid to the state $70 million in tax revenue. Of the $70 million I believe approximately $30 million went to pay for the new stadium. Some of these organizations paid as high as 50 percent taxes on the money they raised and many paid 32 percent. Most of them pay higher taxes then most corporations in the state.
I would encourage everyone to review the "Fourth National Climate Assessment" issued last month under The Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990, a law initiated under the Reagan administration. It charged the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) with a legal mandate to conduct a scientific assessment on the effects of global change not less frequently than every four years. It is available at https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/chapter/1/ . The program is comprised of 13 U.S.
We have lived in Baxter on Scenic River Drive for more than 13 years without city water and sewer. It has worked pretty well, but the promise of city water and sewer has been present since the very beginning and looked like something to look forward to. It was to be just a matter of time for it to reach us. Parts of the project were even begun soon after we moved in, but somehow it never got to us and was continually put off.
What could be more un-American than repeatedly violating our Constitution?
While I was glad to see that the revised school district parking plans spared my property, and others by reducing the size of the proposed parking lots, the district still plans to spend millions of dollars and destroy over a dozen homes to create hundreds of unneeded parking spaces.
At a critical point in human history, experts at the climate conference in Poland are working to finalize rules to implement the Paris Agreement to limit carbon pollution.
There have been numerous articles and opinions written about saving Brainerd's old water tower. I believe saving this structure is a waste of time and money. I understand some people think of it as a symbol of the city. However, it looks more like something that should be in a "Game of Thrones" episode. It has been stated that $3 million will be needed to restore this non-functioning piece of concrete. How about we move on? Use the money raised to clean up and promote the Mississippi River area that flows through the middle of our town. This could be much more beneficial to this area.
Congratulations Minnesota, we elected Amy Klobuchar to six more years as our U.S. Senator. However, we should all know and realize that the next two years will be filled with nonfeasance, as she dabbles with another run for President.
Can you imagine a world without music? No pianos, no violins, no instruments of any kind and absolutely no singing. There could be parades but no bands. There could be churches and school but no choirs. Radios only had speaking voices. Movies had no background musical scores. Just think how empty and bleak our lives would be. Recently someone told me that to have joy in your life was more important than happiness. If you were to list 10 things which give you joy I'll bet music would be somewhere on that list.