Columns

Thu
18
Apr

Judicial Review: Truth and burdens of proof

Sometimes people ask how I know who is telling the truth in court.  It surprises them to hear that I will likely never know the absolute truth.
While some people do lie in court, more often people simply see, remember, or re-tell things differently. Something happened. People saw it, heard it, were involved in it, or maybe even caused it. A dispute arose, lawyers were hired, and a lawsuit began.

Mon
15
Apr

Those talented birds are at it again


A parrot named Malachi paints a tableau at Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services. (Photo courtesy of MAARS)

“Art in the Hollow,” the annual art fest in beautiful Swede Hollow Park, is revving up. With the event scheduled for Saturday, June 1 (10 AM to 5 PM), painters and other artists are busy creating new works.
Not all the painters are human. The talented parrots who sold their paintings to last year’s art crowd are working even more diligently than the humans. Parrots paint slowly, you see. You’d paint slowly, too, if you had to grip your pointy little brush with your toes or beak.

Thu
11
Apr

Ideas for controlling that pesky Japanese Beetle

Let’s admit it – part of our environmental awareness is a result of the aesthetic beauty of our landscapes. Full, lush and green we like. Shriveled, defoliated and brown we do not. Enter the Japanese beetle – JB for short.
This pest existed only in Japan until about 100 years ago when it was accidentally introduced in New Jersey.

Thu
11
Apr

First half of session proves to be enlightening 

As the 2013 legislative session returns to action, I wanted to share a few examples of the many things I’ve learned in my short time in St. Paul and give you an update of what has taken place so far. 

Thu
11
Apr

Was it Goldilocks?

Just the other day as my two-year-old granddaughter was packing up to go home, she asked if she could take home a stuffed-animal froggy.
I replied, “No, actually froggy needs some repair; one of the seams on his body needs to be re-sewn.” Her reply: “Who did  it? Was it Goldilocks? Did she get in here?”

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.

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