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Senior services should be priority As the Administrator of West Wind Village I am concerned by Gov. Mark Dayton's newly re-visited proposal to cut funding for senior services. To hear Gov. Dayton and some legislators talk, you would think that Minnesota nursing homes are full of people who don't really need to be there. West Wind Village has been a care provider for nearly 50 years in the Morris and surrounding communities. I assure you, a nursing home is a definite need for this community.
Vote deepens oil dependence I was disappointed to see that the House of Representatives approved measures last week that will only deepen our addiction to foreign oil and further hurt our economy - and will only cement the likelihood that average Americans will face $5 gallon gasoline at the pump. Passed in a short-term spending bill, amendments proposed by Reps. John Sullivan, R-Okla., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., would block the only commercially-viable alternative we have to OPEC oil: domestic ethanol.
March is time for Food Share It is March again, time for the Minnesota Food Share March Campaign. With the help of schools, church congregations, civic groups, businesses, and individuals, we are working together in an effort to fight hunger.
Sing the song correctly I would venture a guess that 50 percent of the people reading this letter watched the Super Bowl on Sunday. It was, I think, a very entertaining game, especially with my Green Bay Packers winning. But that is not what this letter is about. The so-called professional singer who sang our Star Spangled Banner completely destroyed it. She looked like a cheap hooker on the corner singing for her supper.
Expo great for community A great opportunity for everyone in the area is coming up on Feb. 17. The Resource Connections Expo will be at the Armory from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The purpose of the Expo is to let everyone know about all of the services available to them. The non-profit organizations that participate set up a booth and provide information about the services they provide. Last year there were close to 60 providers sharing their information.
Do you question election? To the residents of the City of Donnelly: We as the people of Donnelly need to ask and wonder why our votes don't count during or towards a special election. On Jan. 3, a Donnelly City Council seat was vacated by Walter Biesterfeld so he could take his position as Mayor of Donnelly. Therefore, one would think that the next person in line in the general election with the most votes would take that seat. That did not happen. On Jan. 4, the newly elected city council voted in a person who had four votes and did not choose the next person in line with 67 votes.
Kettle Campaign a success On behalf of the clients the Salvation Army will be able to serve, we would like to thankf the community for its support. We raised more than $10,000 during out Christmas Kettle Campaign. More than 25 individuals and 14 groups rang bells to make this possible.
Community dinner a success Thanks to many wonderful volunteers the Community Christmas Dinner was a success! I was especially impressed with the young people who came to help. They came in, said "What can we do?", and pitched right in to do whatever we asked. Everyone worked well together and it actually looked like we knew what we were doing! It was great to see all the people who joined us for dinner, all the happy faces, all the Christmas greetings, old friends meeting, and new friends being made. So thanks again to everyone who donated food, money, or time.
Address issues involving mental illness I write to comment on an article, "Body found in rural Stevens County tentatively identified (Sun Tribune, Nov. 8). The article adds at the end that Jack Eisel suffered from mental illness. Though this is an important story, the detail of Eisel having a mental illness has a negative implication. Readers may not realize that many people with mental illnesses can function as well as people without mental illnesses. The negative stigma surrounding people with these illnesses and disorders will not disappear until these issues are addressed.
Get involved in vets groups Veterans' Day was observed again this month, with many communities having parades, speeches and events to honor those who served our country in war and in keeping the peace. If you are a veteran, you are urged to join one or more of the veterans' posts: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and AmVets.