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UMM hiring policies clear I am writing in response to the August 19 letter to the editor regarding UMM's hiring processes and our recent appointment of a new Sports Information Director ("Is UMM hiring process fair?", Sun Tribune). We track our internal and external hiring to be sure we are offering our staff opportunities for advancement, as well as providing opportunities for people in the community to join us at UMM. Our most recent annual hiring data shows 40 percent of those hired were internal candidates, 60 percent were external.
Morris is special community On Sunday, July 26, my family and I suffered one of the most tragic losses we could imagine -- the loss of our home to fire. It was a dark day for us, and since then, we've experienced many ups and downs as we've tried to deal with the significantly altered circumstances of our lives. We have often stopped to ponder how blessed we are that things turned out the way they did. We are all well, no one -- not even our pets -- was injured. For this we are truly grateful.
Humane Society needs your help Our local Stevens Community Humane Society was already "full of cats," to put it mildly, but after an unfortunate emergency call on Saturday night, we are now bursting at the seams. On Saturday evening, the Morris police department received a call that there was a van parked in the Pamida parking lot that was full of cats. Officer Anita Liebl took the call and also called members of the Stevens Community Humane Society. It was soon discovered that, indeed, the van in Pamida's parking lot held over 35 cats.
Editor's note -- The first letter from Paul McDonald, Babe Ruth League President, regarding the league playoffs, is reprinted from the Wednesday, July 22 Sun Tribune Sports section on Page 3B. I write this final Babe Ruth article with a frown on my face. As president of the league this year, I had a very tough decision to make at the end of the season. The championship game between Red and Orange will not be played. As most of you know, Red lost a big part of their team with the untimely loss of Mitch Kleindl.
LTD needs more local support As a rider participating in the annual LTD Memorial Ride, I would like to express my thank you to the local communities for all of your support. I had tears streaming down my face through Marshall -- what a turnout! Unfortunately, I can't say the same for my hometown of Morris. There were a handful of people out to watch the LTD Memorial Tour come through town and stop at the Morris National Guard Armory, but I think we can do better than that. We lost one of our own, David Day, not too many years ago.
Is Cap and Trade fair? "Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity" (Leviticus 19:35) God applied this just rule to all who deal in commerce. This ensured honesty between both the buyer and seller. Our state and federal governments have agencies to enforce such honesty in weights and measures and it is a necessary function of government. We know we are buying an accurate gallon of gas, a pound of hamburger and a ten-foot two by four.
A need for real governance I am pleased that Torrey Westrom is willing to look at long-term solutions to provide state government services during these challenging times. Westrom is quoted in last Saturday's Morris Sun Tribune as saying, "There is a heightened realization of a problem and a willingness to seek solutions that might require sacrifice." I would like Torrey Westrom to listen to past governors of Minnesota, such as Arnie Carlson, and realize that current Gov. Tim Pawlenty's stance on "no new taxes" is shortsighted and an act of non-governance.
We created our oil mess Professor Michael Greenberger is a former board member of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Until President Bush was sworn into office, the CFTC acted as the cop on the street, making sure that buyers in the market were not manipulating prices past what supply and demand does in a normal marketplace. Prof. Greenberger had this to say about the fact that the CFTC has not done its job under President Bush, and the results are too obvious when we buy gas or groceries today: "Should we have an economy that's based on whether people make good or bad bets?
Parents' hard work has value Many of us look back on our childhood as a time we didn't have a worry in the world. Unfortunately, a large number of Minnesota's children don't have it so easy. These children are victims of maltreatment and neglect. The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports that "the effects of child abuse and neglect are far reaching. Research has shown that children who have been abused and neglected are more likely to perform poorly in school, get involved in criminal activities and abuse or neglect their own children.
Why the high assessments? Will the folks in Stevens County and Morris please tell the rest of the country how it managed to keep houses and property values going up,while in the rest of the country, the values have gone down? I have talked to friends across the country, in large, small and in-between-sized cities, and they all say the value of their property has been assessed lower. But, not in Stevens County, where my land in Swan Lake Township, my vacant lot in Morris, and my house in Morris were assessed higher than the year before. What is Stevens county doing right?