Remember standing, waiting for the school bus in the morning with your winter coat unzipped, gloveless hands in pockets, and, certainly, no hat on your head because that would mess up your hair? Buying my first pair of adult-sized snow pants and mukluks, two years after college, was a transformative experience. The world outside was suddenly a playground with animal tracks to follow, snowy hills to climb, and frozen ponds to cross. Adapting for the winter made everything so much better.
This month marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty.” There were huge victories in that war during the following decade, but after that, the federal government reversed course, cut anti-poverty programs, and our national government effectively surrendered.
When the 2014 Minnesota State Legislative Session begins in February, you are going to be hearing a lot about a “bonding bill” and “capital investment.”
Capital investment is the process by which the state issues bonds to fund public projects that have a state or regional significance. This funding goes towards a variety of projects across the state including improvements to higher education buildings, roads and bridges, veterans homes and trails.
Every new year I like to remind myself and others of a great Benjamin Franklin quote that sums up the idea of new year’s resolutions, “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”
Call in sick! That is the advice from the nation’s emergency physicians if you happen to have flu-like symptoms. Doctors suggest it’s one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of this year’s particularly aggressive national flu outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as we turned the corner from 2013 to 2014, influenza was “widespread” in 25 states, including Minnesota, and “regional” in 20.
Yes, they wanted ME to help take care of the baby. Wow! Now I can show them what I know. After all, I have been a Dad a long time and I have done all the baby stuff.
Oh, you want to know who or what this is about. Well, Grandpa is part of a team of people helping to provide day care to this new bundle of tiny face, hands, feet and hair (doesn’t she just look like her mother when she was born?). Now on to the wisdom I can bring.
Suppose Bob and Steve enter into a contract. Bob buys 2 TV sets from Steve for $100 each. Bob pays Steve the $200 and receives the first TV set but soon discovers that it doesn’t work as well as he had hoped. Steve refuses to return the purchase money. Bob starts a lawsuit.
When I think ”library,” I conjure up images of stacks of books, bins of music CDs, shelves of recorded books, displayers with DVDs, and on and on–the physical materials. In reality a library is so much more! It’s book clubs and storytimes and computer workstations and Dog Gone Reading and Senior Surf Days and databases and…