Columns

Thu
11
Apr

Tubman Center deserves additional funding

At the Capitol this session, I am working hard to secure additional funding for the Harriet Tubman Center East. The $650,000 request will be used to design, renovate, and equip the Harriet Tubman Center East to be used as a regional safety service center for a domestic violence shelter, legal services, youth programs, mental and chemical health services, and community education.

Mon
08
Apr

A true account of dog saving dog


Luke, Ashley and Lola Reiter in their natural habitat. (submitted photo)

Or, How my ever-loving greyhound escaped — again
I’ve never claimed to be a great man.
Neither, however, do I regard myself as a bad person. After all, I recycle devoutly. If a panhandler asks me if I can spare a couple of bucks and I can, I generally will. I don’t butt in lines. And, as a result of certain events this past January, I even exercise on a semi-regular basis.

Mon
08
Apr

Let’s tax the poor

One thing that President Obama and Governor Mark Dayton have in common is their constant refrain of “tax the rich.”  Every time there is discussion about budget deficits their call is for higher taxes on the rich.  If there is a call to reduce government spending their immediate response is “we need a balanced approach,” shorthand for we need more tax revenue.  So let’s have a balanced approach, a truly balanced approach to income taxes; let’s increase taxes on the poor, so everyone pays the same tax rate.

Fri
05
Apr

All-day kindergarten offers kids a bright future

While the budget remains the number one priority this session, I wanted to highlight another important issue I’ve been working on: car theft. Throughout the metro area, we have a problem of cars being stolen and sold for scrap metal.

Fri
05
Apr

Scrap-metal law needs changes — to protect citizens

While the budget remains the number one priority this session, I wanted to highlight another important issue I’ve been working on: car theft. Throughout the metro area, we have a problem of cars being stolen and sold for scrap metal.

Thu
04
Apr

Judicial Review: Who are these judges anyway?

“I’ve never met a judge before.”
When I hear that from folks I usually respond that it is probably a good thing - as most people who meet a judge have had something go wrong in their life.

Tue
02
Apr

A very punny family

Traveling with children is hardly a vacation. You open your son’s suitcase to find it full of toys and devoid of underwear. You feel like a would-be abductor when the TSA agent grills your kids about where they’re flying, what their middle name is and whether I am in fact their father. But worst of all, beyond the scrambling and the squabbling, the waiting and fretting, is the puns.

Mon
01
Apr

Tears and smiles; remembering Lois


Sisters Lois Halliday and Ruth Henkin sit together for a photo in the summer of 2007. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Even when my Aunt Lois was suffering from dementia at age 88, she still had a big smile on her face and told me she loved me. That’s how I left her a couple of weeks ago.
Three days later my sister Nancy called to say Lois was sick and had fallen; she wasn’t expected to live. Nancy and my mother sat with her that afternoon and evening. The next morning she died peacefully.

Thu
28
Mar

Choosing child care

Choosing child care for your infant is a very important decision, one that should only be made after you have conducted in-person interviews with the caregivers and visited the site to assess the quality of care provided.
Here are some important things to look for, as well as some helpful questions to ask potential caregivers before choosing child care for your infant.

Thu
28
Mar

The Fairbanks Almanac vol. 3: A man named Francis, banned books and Old Hickory

Put down that snow shovel (for now, at least), grab a hot beverage and relax with the latest edition of the Fairbanks Almanac. When you’re done you can crack open your dusty volume of Francis Bacon essays.

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