One of the last bills I authored in the Minnesota House of Representatives was one that made it easier for cities to organize trash collection to ensure that waste is disposed of environmentally and to save taxpayers money through economy of scale negotiations. Thanks to Sens. John Marty and Bev Scalze, a version of that bill was signed into law last session.
Whether you believe in New Year's resolutions or not; whether you're religious or not, you probably live your life according to some kind of moral code. My father constantly emphasized to my younger brother and me that "You should always have some concern, some compassion for the other guy."
I agree with John Marty that a policy of 'housing first' makes humane and fiscal sense ("Rethinking homelessness: following Utah's lead," Nov. 4). I am a newly licensed drug and alcohol counselor and I have some family experience that tells me housing greatly reduces drug use.
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to the ring the bells and tend the iconic red kettles during the holiday season. Please call 651-746-3519 for further information. You will be helping the needy meet urgent needs.