What did they teach me in J-school? Never become a part of the story.
But now, I’m here, tasked with an introductory column about me, Mike, the new reporter for the Bulletin and Roseville Review, and the rule is broken so I’d might as well keep going.
As we finally emerge from the cold dark winter, our thoughts turn to spring — and green. Not the green from our grass or the leaves on the tree, but to mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and green is the color being used to symbolize awareness.
Mental health is a continuum, from having very good mental health to having a serious mental illness. Good mental health means being able to learn, express a range of emotions, form and maintain good relationships and cope with change and uncertainty.
The week of April 28 to May 2 was recognized as Jury Appreciation Week in Minnesota. Judges and court administrators are keenly aware of the financial stresses that may accompany jury duty for some citizens. Therefore, we express our thanks to our all jurors of the past year. U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Harlan, who served from 1877 to 1911 called the jury system “one of the principal excellencies of our Constitution.”
On April 30, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation that allows authorities to remove firearms from anyone who is subject to a civil order for protection or is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a criminal conviction related to domestic abuse.
For many Minnesotans, May 10 marks the beginning of a season full of fishing with families and friends. This great day is even more welcome this year, given our truly rugged winter. I spent many days of my youth on beautiful lakes and rivers in our great state and I encourage you to show other young Minnesotans the joys of fishing.
I recently read an article about ordinances in some states that make annoying conduct illegal. Such ordinances have frequently been found unconstitutionally vague and, therefore, unenforceable. A least one Minnesota city had its “no loud music” ordinance found unenforceable because of vagueness. Why should it be illegal and chargeable for teens to play loud rock music while driving through downtown at midnight, but probably not illegal or chargeable for a senior citizen to play WCCO news at high volume when driving downtown at midday?
Have a sweet tooth, but trying to be conscious about what you eat?
Good news: Now you can enjoy your dessert — without all the guilt — with simple ingredient substitutions suggested by the Mayo Clinic and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The following tips can help not only cut calories and fat, but also add nutrients.
The United States has come a long way since Susan B. Anthony and the National Woman Suffrage Association started their movement to treat women equally in this nation. Thanks to their hard work, and the efforts of all of the women that followed, denying a women’s right to vote, hold office or own a business and property now seems like a ridiculous, backwards practice that is hard to imagine ever existed in our nation’s history.