Months ago, Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller touted his “accomplishments” in conjunction with his announcement to seek re-election, including a reduction in detention staff at the adult detention center, saving taxpayers $300,000 annually.
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.”
What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: Oil.
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.
With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.
I want to thank you and all the wonderful people of Chatfield who made my wife, Linda, and me feel so very welcome. We enjoyed the day so much. It was a fantastic parade. By far the best one we have had this year.