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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:03 PM

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.

  • 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.

     
  • As I was motoring to work the other day I heard a news report about a man from Changsha, China, who took “two-timing” to an entirely new level. At first I thought the news report was a hoax. So I did a little research on the Internet and came across numerous news reports from fairly credible sources about the episode.

     
  • 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.

     
  • “Give the gift of life,” is a slogan that the American Red Cross has utilized for its Bloodmobile donor program many years. Every two seconds a person in the U.S. receives a unit of blood, which computes to 43,200 units per day or 15,768,000 units every year. That’s a lot of units of blood, coming from a lot of selfless donors.

     
  • Yesterday as I was picking up garbage on our two-mile stretch of road on State Highway 30 (off of 74). I was stunned at the amount of beer cans/bottles and hard liquor bottles that had been tossed into the ditch.  A new low was finding a used pregnancy test.  Ninety percent of the garbage was alcohol related with chewing tobacco/cigarettes, broken car parts, and litter rounding out the other 10 percent. 

     
  • 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.

     
  • With housing being considered a basic need, the state does a lot to help ensure Minnesotans of all ages and incomes are able to find an affordable place to rent or own. This was the focus of discussions I had recently with some Albert Lea constituents who work with Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.

     
  • Now that we’re about half way through the 2015 legislative session, you’ll start to hear much more discussion about budget targets. With the Legislature under full DFL control over the past two years, many pieces of legislation passed on strictly partisan votes. This year, we have a split Legislature and Republicans in the Senate have been busy bringing proposals to the table that will help Minnesotans. We’re seeing encouraging signs that some of these bills are gaining traction, so keep an eye out for them as committee deadlines approach.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • I grew up in a home where religion was always on the front burner. From my earliest memories, the Warner family attended the Brownton Congregational Church EVERY Sunday. And following the Sunday service, we also spent an additional hour at “Sunday School” learning more about the Bible and how to live with our friends and neighbors.

     
  • Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. To understand just how many straws 500 million really is, this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day.  
  • 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.

     
Prom

In the United States the average family will spend $919 on prom - down six percent from last year. Do you think this is too much, too little or just right?




 

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