By the overwhelming margin of 106-21, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a "hands-free" cellphone bill. This common-sense action has been endorsed by law enforcement and has been proven to save lives and reduce accidents in the many states where it has already been enacted. Too many people have already died due to distracted driving.
Your recent, March 4 Guest Opinion, "Shame on Us", by Neal Ronquist was a clear and concise explanation of the changing business model of modern media and the issues that confront them.
Fire requires three elements: fuel, spark, and oxygen. If we combine greed and stupidity, we have the potential for disastrous Earth and climate damages. If we add loss of empathy to greed and stupidity, we have the third ingredient to harm all of life, not just humans.
Our laws and public programs reflect our values and provide a snapshot of who we are. Do we value all Minnesotans equally? Do we believe each of us has inherent worth? Do we believe our communities are stronger when we invest in public health? I believe each of us has inherent worth and each of us deserves access to truly affordable, usable health care—no matter where we live or how we work. And I believe Minnesota, as a wealthy and generous state, is capable of meeting everyone's basic health care needs.
I kind of pride myself in being a centrist when it comes to politics. For some reason I have never been able to wholeheartedly support either party for a long time because they want their members to accept the bad with the good instead of weeding out the bad and making things better. I'm just not cut from that bolt of cloth. Maybe it's a little bit stubbornness but I like to believe it has more to do with truthfulness.
The U.S. Congress seems to be doing what the do-nothing Republican Congress neglected to do. That is to act on its oversight of the executive branch of government. I am encouraged with their actions so far in looking into the repulsive actions of the man who is disgracing the office of the president of the United States. However, some of the actions of members of Congress are close to stepping over the line in some of their statements. It is imperative that they don't bring themselves down to the level of Trump's vulgar remarks and actions.
Exactly what is a socialist and why would we want to adopt that political philosophy? Bernie Sanders came right out as a socialist while the rest of the DFL presidential flock describe themselves as "progressive" or "new left" or what I call "socialist-lite." To be clear, they're advocating a fundamental government shift to a controlled political model and selling it as a cure all.
How fortunate our community is to have a resource like WeARE providing many services, including life-saving HIV and STI testing, low-cost birth control, and Pap and pregnancy tests. The outstanding WeARE team also works toward STD/STI prevention and treatment, and advocates for reproductive health. They do amazing work and I appreciate them. Lisa Foote Baxter
I am a 90-year-old woman who has voted since I turned 21. Congress should deal with issues that are, or should be, important to all Americans. Why aren't the members in Washington, D.C. doing what they were elected to do—take care of the business important to their constituency instead of campaigning for 2020 or continuing their vendetta against President Trump for his 2016 win over their candidate?
What if a caravan of Anglos were traveling north through Mexico, looking for a better life? Would they be called murderers, rapists, drug runners, or criminals? If they had lots of money they could buy their way in legally. Our cultural spirit of "doing well" should include the spiritual dynamics of our being. "Doing well" should mean possessing empathy and compassion for all that suffer, and the courage to face difficult truths. Status quo comes from following the herd. Progress comes from following your heart. Jon Pierson Ironton