The Pequot High School Library display "May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month" features the Documentary "Under Our Skin." It exposes a complex story of politics and conflict of interest among researchers, insurance and pharmaceutical companies. It is loaded with information for patients and professionals alike. Ticks know no borders and respect no boundaries. The patient's county or residence does not accurately reflect his or her Lyme disease risk because people travel, pets travel and ticks travel.
Stable, solid, secure—these are words for anything that's important. Unfortunately, the words do not apply to the support staff situation for people with disabilities in Minnesota. There are more than 8,000 vacancies for the direct support professionals (DSPs) who serve these individuals. It's called a workforce crisis. Locally, day training programs are very aware of this situation.
On April 18th a letter writer worried that we might end up like Venezuela if we didn't have loose gun laws for anyone wanting to arm themselves. And he wanted to know, "Why is the Democratic party in the U.S. and Minnesota working so hard to restrict gun ownership?" I will give you 1,153 reasons. That is the amount of victims killed in mass shootings in this country ranging in age from 8 months to 98 years since it became a thing. And that doesn't include the hundreds that have been wounded but survived that traumatic experience.
It is common to read and hear how unfortunate it is that our nation is divided. Perhaps, though, this is just where we need to be. As like two sawyers, faced in opposing positions, both pulling and pushing back and forth in earnest effort to cut the better timber. Both sides have perspectives with merit. We may benefit by those offsetting outlooks that tend to lend buttressing stability to an otherwise awkward imbalance.
Democracy requires ordinary heroes. By validating the importance of each citizen, democracy recognizes the innate value of experiential knowledge and life wisdom as a basis for decision-making for the benefit of all. It is based on respect and collaboration to find mutual solutions to social problems. And when things begin to get out of balance, unfair and/or unequal, each and every citizen has the ability to step up and speak truth.
Just when sanity seems forever lost in a land once known as "America the Beautiful," you catch a glimmer of hope, a beacon, shining out across our fly-over country in central lakes Minnesota. In a Reader Opinion letter April 24 to the Brainerd Dispatch, "Who are these people?", a resident from Hackensack offered her insight into the discord and mayhem within our current political climate, and struck a plaintive chord in a plea for harmony, a challenge for a semblance of sanity.
Thank you Al Franken for helping raise monies for the Leech Lake school. We miss you, your heart and your passion for people. You were never in it for greed and power. Please also continue to help us get rid of the greed and degenerates in power in Washington. Help us stop the killings in our churches and schools. We need people like you in numbers to help us not to drown in the cesspool in Washington with Trump at its helm. I will never understand how anyone can support the likes of Trump. It is wrong on every level. There is no god given excuse to support the hatred and killing .
For some time now we have had a leader in this country that many would have predicted would self-destruct and he may well do that yet. But his opponents, still stinging from the political victory he claims from the last election, don't want him to just lose the next election. No they are so angry they can't wait for that. They want to run him out of office even though the odds of being able to do that are stacked against them and if their attempt fails, it will become a victory for him and possibly help to keep him in office.
I read that President Trump has lied, according to fact checkers, 9,000 times. That, if true, would be over six times a day since he came down the elevator in May of 2015. That has got to be the lie. Every liberal says that President Trump is a liar, but what are they calling a lie? Is it a lie if they have a different opinion or a lie if he misspoke because he didn't have all the correct facts? Maybe he said he was going to do something but found out later that there were legal ramifications that made it undoable.
Liberals have come up with yet another source for more votes for their side. Let convicted felons and prisoners vote in all elections. Seems like a wonderful idea. But a closer look presents an obvious problem. I read today some figures concerning Attica village in New York as a good example of why this is a really bad idea. Attica consists of approximately 2,547 citizens. The prison houses approximately 2,250 prisoners. Does not take a math major to figure out that the prison population will basically out vote the citizens.