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Our nation is facing a very real problem with our budget deficit, and there's no question that we need to solve it. I don't think you'd find anyone from either political party who'd disagree. The question, of course--and what Congress and the President have been negotiating for the past several months--is how we're going to address it. And one of the things I'm most worried about is how the budget will affect the middle class. Today, the American middle class is in trouble. Median family income is down. Jobs arescarce.
Dear friends, After working long hours last week and through the wee hours of the night over the weekend, Governor Dayton and the Republican majority came to an agreement that would solve the budget issue and end the 19-day government shutdown. Gov. Dayton gave up his calls for tax increases and returned to a June 30 GOP budget agreement, adding several conditions including a $500 million construction-bonding bill.
Pocket garden work appreciated Hearty congratulations and many thanks to any and everyone -- Sue Granger and Sally Finzel, for sure -- who voluntarily and dutifully maintain the elegant and beautiful pocket gardens in the city parking lot between Otter Tail Power and the City Center Mall. They provide a small oasis of color and fragrance but demand care and attention, as any gardener knows. It is wonderful to have volunteers who sacrifice valuable time, sore knees and fragile backs to beautify our city. Thank you very much. Jay Fier Morris
Be ashamed of planter theft To the person or persons who stole our flowers/planters from our son's grave on the anniversary of his death, I ask how in the world you could do this? How could anyone steal from another, let alone from someone's loved one's grave? You obviously have not had to bury a loved one. My prayer for you is that you never have to experience the pain and feeling of being violated as you have caused us by stealing from us. What you did is so wrong, don't think for a minute no one saw you, He sees all and knows all.
Please replace planter This past Memorial Day weekend, our family members respectfully placed, at the Hancock Cemetery, a potted plant on our dad's gravesite. When family members arrived Saturday, they discovered that the planter was missing. You have disrespected our family's resting place and the tribute we placed on our dad's gravesite, as he was a Veteran and a loved one. If you're reading this, please replace the planter and you'll feel better and we will forgive you. Do the right thing and learn to respect people...treat others as you would want to be treated.
Let's continue to help Van Horns First of all, thank you to all who donated silent auction items for the Van Horn benefit. Families that made bars, those who helped in any way and especially those who came to the Barbecue Picnic Benefit at Alberta on May 21. Clay and Marlene Van Horn, of rural Donnelly, lost their house to a fire on Dec. 19, 2010. It was a total lost. They have been living in an apartment in Morris until they get the site cleaned up and a new house moved in.
Please wear a poppy "Please wear a Poppy," the Lady said. Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there, And her face was old and lined with care; But beneath the scars the years had made there remained a smile that refused to fade. A boy came whistling down the street, Bouncing along on care-free feet. His smile was full of joy and fun, "Lady," said he, "May I have one". "Why do we wear a Poppy today?" The Lady smiled in her wistful way and answered, "This is Remembrance Day, And the Poppy there is the symbol for the gallant men who died in war.
Budget needs attention Has anyone noticed how there's still $1.2 billion missing from the Republican's Minnesota budget proposal? It's less than 20 days until the Legislative session is supposed to end, and oddly enough, I didn't take note of one news story about the budget over the last several days.
Ethanol the fuel of today This week, all five major oil companies in the United States are expected to announce billions in first quarter profits. These profits are pouring in as gas prices for everyday Americans skyrocket to $4 and $5 a gallon. We can't predict when, or even if, gasoline prices will drop. But one thing we do know is that without a fundamental shift in our national energy policy, this nation will continue to suffer the consequences of our dependence on foreign oil. It doesn't have to be that way. Today we have the single-best alternative to oil in domestic ethanol.
Monetary system in disarray On Wednesday. April 13, at 6 p.m., at the Morris Public Library, I will be presenting mathematical and empirical evidence that a dynamic force exists within our monetary system that is so powerful and destructive that it will soon overpower everything in our economic system. This force can be represented as a simple 8th grade mathematical problem and thus it can be proven that there are no solutions to our nation's budget problems within the context of our present system.