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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?
Funeral services for Charles (Chuck) Walters Sr., were held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville. Visitation was on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Graceville. Visitation was also held one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Burial was in the Graceville Consolidated Cemetery.
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Curtis Dean Weinreis, 56 of North Branch died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Curt was born on Oct. 6, 1956. Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan.26, 2013 at Abundant Life Church, North Branch; visitation to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the church.