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home : spring grove herald : opinion columns July 10, 2014 

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK: Independence Day about freedom - and responsibility
Our freedoms aren't due just to the service people risking their lives to protect us. All of us have a role in preserving our individual liberty, even those who feel they have little power or little say in what happens.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Spring Grove Comm/Fitness/Cinema

The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal
Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get introduced, debated, then put aside when the heat dies down, or the target agency gets more money thrown at the problem.
Monday, July 7, 2014
SMIF helping to paint towns as part of 'Minnesota Beautiful'
Since 1998 Valspar Corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis, has partnered with the six Minnesota initiative foundations for the "Minnesota Beautiful" program.
Monday, July 7, 2014
PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK: Veteran staff member retires, but principles need to live on
A steady stream of people filed into the Tri-County Record office in Rushford Friday to say farewell to Ron Witt...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Agreement proposed on income tax reciprocity
In 2011, I authored legislation to address the issue of income tax reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
How did 'Don't Mess with the Money' become the NSA's motto?
Imagine we had a brazen and powerful gang stealing trillions of dollars from the American people.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Blame Cantor, not immigration
A little-known, under-financed tea party challenger crushed seven-term Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in an unusual primary loss.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK: 'Little people' provided insight on World War II
Since it was the anniversary of D-Day, our newspaper was given the opportunity last week to reprint a column written by Ernie Pyle, a war correspondent who covered the momentous event for hundreds of newspapers in the United States in the 1940s. I didn't know what to expect, as I wasn't familiar with Pyle, but was surprised at the content in the column choices given to us.
Friday, June 20, 2014
What our country needs from the press
One of the basic truths about our representative democracy is that it does not work without solid information. Public officials, both elected and appointed, need to know what's happening in the communities they serve, and the people who live in those communities need to know what the government they elect and fund is doing in their name.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Senate News: Minnesota ban on triclosan may have broader impact
Although many people have never heard of triclosan, most of us have it in our bodies.
Friday, June 20, 2014
PUBLISHER"S NOTEBOOK: Despite complexity, data shows climate change is here
Although we have heard about the dire consequences climate change will bring, the threat was always off in the future in distant places - coastal flooding or extermination of polar bears as examples. However,
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Looking back at D-Day: A long thin line of personal anguish
Thursday, June 12, 2014
PUBLISHERS NOTEBOOK: Students need to learn how to pivot in life after graduation
I feel it is important to reveal the fine print to graduates - that all those visions of grandeur, certainty, happiness and success will come with bouts of insignificance, doubt, sadness and failure.

Just learn to pivot and you'll be fine.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Don't play politics with our children's health
Four years ago, Congress, in a strong bipartisan effort, committed to America's children that they would enjoy healthier and more nutritious meals at school. Sadly, just as we are beginning to see the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 succeed, some in Congress want to step back from that commitment.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Small businesses have big impact
A total of 1.2 million - that's how many workers in Minnesota rely on small businesses for their jobs.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Why I still have faith in Congress
It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
PUBLISHER"S NOTEBOOK: Nice weather seems to bring everyone out, but don't sweat it
...just relax, enjoy the season and go with the flow, even if the flow isn't the usual flow you've grown accustomed to.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
25 years after groundbreaking legislation: Mental health services in schools 
The 1989 Legislature recognized the unique needs of children with emotional disturbance and their families and emphasized developing children's mental health clinical services and expertise.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
What's more telling: The racist or our reaction?
"when it comes to race in America, for all our shortcomings, we regularly do better than skeptics give us credit for"
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Minnesota Farm Bureau comments on legislative session
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Publisher's Notebook: Curious? You're in good company
As Albert Einstein once wrote in a letter to a colleague, "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."
Friday, May 23, 2014

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