Archive | December 31, 2012

I’d like to thank Michael Rocklin for his well written and commonsensical letter in last week’s opinion. For more than 20 years I’ve held the belief that at least 10 percent of the general public should be armed and yes, that does include school teachers and staff. If you don’t believe that 10 percent of [...]

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It’s just about the beginning of the New Year, and resolutions abound for many. Losing weight, exercising more frequently and eating more healthfully are common goals. What if you could do all of the above and save a few dollars at the same time? This January, consider the following strategies from TOPS Club Inc. (Take [...]

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Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead for a sober ride New Year’s Eve as Minnesota attempts to make it five years in a row with no drunk driving traffic deaths during the holiday, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In the last 10 years, there have been eight [...]

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While Washington has been teetering on the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a new book suggests better ways exist to manage the nation’s affairs. “The Parties Versus the People” by former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards points out that the Founding Fathers were generally opposed to political parties. They felt that factionalism would be the undoing of the [...]

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I am appalled by the recent decision by our school board. We had an initiative that was voted down by the people and our school board determines that they will ignore our vote and still initiate full-day kindergarten classes. I would like the board to explain why they even asked us to vote on the [...]

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Reading that the Elk River School District has chosen to go ahead with a $1.37 million all-day kindergarten program has me wondering. “Who do they think they are? Congress?” You are facing a $3.6 million budget deficit and you choose to add on another $1.37 million in new spending? This would be bad enough, but [...]

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Gun Free Zones Don’t Work — Killers and criminals don’t obey the law. These signs on our schools only invite killers and psychopaths and create a “killing zone” where no one is able to defend our children OR themselves. Israel in the 1970s had terrorists mass murder classrooms full of innocent children until their government [...]

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I attended the Elk River High School Christmas concert Dec. 20 and I was enjoying it very much. They had a great director and some very outstanding soloists. However, I have to say that there were some unfortunate disturbances during the concert. Some young people came in late and sat behind me and started whispering [...]

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