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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:35 AM

The primary is over and again, a disappointing turnout and a very important election coming up in less than two months. Are you happy with the way our representatives are doing in Washington? I certainly am not, however the only way to change this, is to elect people who can truly make those changes happen.

  • Buy local. Its a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home.

     
  • This is an important time of year for Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). We are wrapping up our annual update visits with local city and county government leaders, requesting their continued financial support of the work we do. In addition, we now kick off our fall solicitation of businesses, banks, and individuals who support the work of the Foundation.

     
  • The recent shooting of unarmed teen, Michael Brown, has sparked a national discussion about police brutality, excessive force, and police accountability.  According to a new USA Today/PEW Research Center Survey, two out of three Americans say officers dont do a good job when it comes to using the right amount of force, fair treatment, and accountability. Many are debating whether or not police should be required to wear body cameras to audio and video record interactions between officers and civilians.

     
  • The primary is over and again, a disappointing turnout and a very important election coming up in less than two months. Are you happy with the way our representatives are doing in Washington? I certainly am not, however the only way to change this, is to elect people who can truly make those changes happen.

     
  • I was reading the article in the paper regarding the licensing of rental property in the city of Spring Grove. What is the purpose of this proposal? What benefit to the landowner will it be? Is the city going to advertise when a unit is available and take applications and check the background of the proposed tenant? Is this proposal to help the landlord or will it be another way for the city to generate income for themselves?

     
  • I wanted to say how thankful I am to have your excellent Spring Grove police officer on the job.

     
  • As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess. It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data.

     
  • I would like to put forth five ideas that should be looked at in regards to the proposed county shop. 
  • In January, President Obama declared that despite congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

     
  • Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

     
  • Recent actions by our Houston County board at the Aug. 19 board meeting have left me shocked and angry. At the beginning of the meeting, Commissioner Steve Schuldt made a motion to stop the public comment portion of the Houston County board meeting. Teresa Walter and Judy Storlie voted for the motion.  
  • Some time ago my uncle Joe Corcoran, lieutenant in charge of the homicide and sex crime unit for the St. Paul Police Department, now retired, said the worst thing that can happen to a law enforcement agency is to occasionally believe they are above the law.

     
  • As students everywhere gear up to go back to school, so are 20 AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) program members. These members work one-on-one in pre-school classrooms with children who are at-risk of falling behind in the skills necessary for success in kindergarten. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has been a sponsor of the AmeriCorps LEAP for the past 20 years. And we are proud of to have been a leader in Minnesota in dedicating this program to early childhood education.

     
  • Just before I was about to make a statement to the Houston County Board of Commissioners during their Aug. 19 meeting, they voted to cancel the “public comment” portion of their weekly meetings indefinitely. These are the words that Steve Schuldt, Judy Storlie and Board Chair Teresa Walter did not want to hear:

     
  • I would like to thank Commissioner Steve Schuldt for taking the advice of the architect and the county engineer by bringing in Ehlers & Associates. Ehlers is a financing firm that will get paid commission when the County Board OKs the bonding to build the new county engineer’s shop at the tune of around $5 million. HSR Associates (architect), will also be paid a very large commission once Commissioners Schuldt, Judy Storlie, and Teresa Walter approve the bond.

     
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