With all of the evidence piling up, with all of our intelligence agencies warning of Russian sabotage of our most precious right in a democracy (the right to vote in a free and fair elective process), what does the current president choose to do? He stands with the leader of the very country attacking our democracy and states it is actually the Mueller investigation that is "a disaster for our country." He tweets, "our relationship with Russia has never been worse thanks to the many years of U.S.
Lead is a toxin that can poison wildlife when consumed and there is no safe level of lead in humans. In a recent statewide survey, 76 percent of Minnesotans supported phasing out the use of lead in ammunition to protect wildlife and humans. The Minnesota DNR estimates that 178 tons of lead were deposited on state lands during the 2017 small game hunting season. I am very disappointed that my representative, Dale Lueck, voted to continue to prohibit the DNR from taking any action to reduce the use of lead ammunition on state lands (May 14, 2018, HF 3421).
This summer's weather prompted me to purchase a load of black dirt, some fertilizer and some grass seed. We have several spots in our yard needing fill and re-seeding for various reasons. I even rented a small front end skid loader to make the dirt distribution a little easier. It's been about three weeks since seeding with daily watering. Yard maintenance is not for those with a short span of attention. Today while watering, I noticed that the emergence and growth of grass seed is not uniform. Some seeds are up and looking for their first mowing while others are barely out of the ground.
It was the Fourth of July week and it's a tradition in our church to end the service with a patriotic song. This year it was "God Bless America." I could not help but think that we are such a nation of hypocrites sometimes, when we invoke God's help with our nation's problems but yet we want nothing to do with his influence in our government and for many of us, our lives. Yes, "God bless America, land that I love.
Anxiety, aggravation and tension seem to exist everywhere we turn in today's world. With all the construction going on and the lack of patience often times observed in traffic, it was a wonderful experience to find there are so many folks thinking of others, perhaps in need of a little assistance, even just a little help crossing a busy intersection. The intersection is busy, all four directions and vehicles with a desire to get where they are going and to get there in a hurry.
Christians ask WWJD: "What would Jesus do?" We need to also ask WWDD: "What would Donald do?" What would Donald Trump do if he was the Roman provincial governor of Egypt at the time Mary and Joseph entered Egypt? His tweet scroll from "You have illegally crossed the border into Egypt. Egypt does not want refugees (Egypt first). Judea does not send us their best people. They're rapists, murderers, hemp dealers, maybe some good people. Your careless actions of entering illegally caused us to separate your..."
Did you know physicians have the highest rate of suicide comparatively to all other professions in the United States. Every day one physician commits suicide in the USA. The caregiver doesn't know how to seek help. They instead have to be positive to their patients even when they are dying. Only to stand by helplessly and watch them die. What a perfect dichotomy of holding yourself accountable. Too many people are struggling with this. I want the focus to be mental health options for medical professionals. Physicians have a high rate of burnout.
In September 2017 NPR published an article titled, "Guess What's showing up in Our Shellfish: One Word, Plastic." The article details findings made by Vancouver Island University which found plastic particles inside oysters and clams. This spring, scientists were appalled to find a 6-ton, 33-foot-long whale washed up on a shore in Spain that had over 60 pounds of plastic in its stomach that prevented it from eating. It's becoming evidently clear—this problem is growing, not shrinking.
Speech intended to cause fear in others, to intimidate and dissuade others from exercising the First Amendment rights of speech and associated rights of assembly, of equal protection under the laws and of petitioning our government, which are assured to all of us, present significant challenges to American democracy. Speech we find to be deeply offensive to who we are as a people must be protected, but should also be publicly called out for what it is so that all can consider that speech's content on its merits.
Primary things are the first things one should focus on or do because everything after that is based on what happened in that beginning stage. Elections are based on a similar process. People choose to become candidates for an office and begin a campaign, sometimes with party support and sometimes without party support. The next stage is the party conventions in which the party often selects the candidate they will endorse. The other contenders might honor that process and drop out, or they may have reasons they consider to be important enough to continue on in the race.