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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:20 AM

The emphasis at the Capitol this legislative session is Greater Minnesota. Legislators from both parties and Gov. Mark Dayton have all been voicing their commitment to rural Minnesota this session.

  • The United States Postal Service celebrated the life and work of Maya Angelou by unveiling a stamp with her portrait and a quotation. A lovely expression. Unfortunately, the words on the stamp weren’t originally written by the poet.

     
  • How would you like to have the U.S. government inform the approximately 20,000 residents of Fillmore County that we all had to move out to make room for a new military installation? Oh yes, Uncle Sam is going to pay each of us $20,000 for our troubles. And once we’re kicked out of our homes, farms and communities, there would be no coming back.

     
  • A neighborhood brimming with gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse isn’t a place for kids, particularly impressionable youth about to enter their teen years.

     
  • After a little over a year of anticipating my niece’s wedding, I am now cherishing special moments from a weekend filled with celebrations and exciting events.

     
  • The controversy surrounding the “religious freedom” laws some states have tried to enact and the fatal incidents involving white police shooting black suspects have led to national dialogue on institutional discrimination or prejudice. Activists are inspecting laws and internal policies to make sure people are treated equally.

     
  • Just as spring has presented good and not-so-good sides to us – I see that as the sunny, warm days contrasted with much colder, windy and snow threatening/hail producing days – I’ve been having ups and downs in “Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Land” this spring.

     
  • Indiana was in the national spotlight last week after the Legislature passed a “religious freedom” law that was signed by Gov. Mike Pence. Although the original intent may have held true to its name, many thought it was a smokescreen to allow businesses to discriminate against people by citing religious beliefs if they get sued.

     
  • I had one of those stare out the window moments. Sometimes, it’s just the thing to do. Most of the world is out there somewhere. Daydreaming delights me and a window offers fascinating things well worth contemplating. Each gaze brings amazement. Each glimpse brings wonder. During this particular look, the signs of spring were outnumbered by the signs of March -- a March made of both winter and spring. Cold and snow prevailed. Spring could have been just a myth.

     
  • Music In Our Schools was celebrated in our area schools during the month of March. It’s a time when our students, instructors, directors, school staff and students’ parents are all recognized for their magnificent efforts in promoting vocal and instrumental music in our schools.

     
  • A Republican proposal to give the nearly $1.9 billion state surplus back to residents — about $350 per person — appears to be dead as legislators, including many Republicans, have other ideas this session. They include investing some of the excess money in education, budget reserves to prevent some of the problems the state has experienced in recent years, and public infrastructure, which has been neglected in recent years.

     
  • Since we have moved into our Arizona house, we have been practicing primitive cooking. That’s what it feels like without a microwave.

     
  • Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.

     
  • I often pick on the meteorologists for their inaccurate weather forecasts. For example, Sunday’s original forecast for light snow was recalculated to a prediction of up to three to five inches Saturday and then recalculated yet again early Sunday afternoon to a winter storm warning after it was evident this was not a minor event.

     
  • This week is Sunshine Week. The name has nothing to do with the actual sun, which has been warming our area well above normal this past week. The week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about open government that should operate in the light of day, rather than secretly in the dark.

     
Minnesota Gas Tax

Should Minnesota look to a gas tax to help fund the state’s road and bridge construction?


 

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