Viewpoints

Wed
11
Mar

Are body cameras the answer for public safety?

The advent of computers, smart phones and high-speed internet has allowed us to go places, see things and learn in completely new ways. Technology has also allowed us an interesting view into the world of public safety. The 21st century has introduced us to police officers who can wear body cameras, and record incidents as they happen, helping bring truth and transparency to situations that frequently come with only one point of view.

Wed
11
Mar

New study shows drug courts’ impact

Minnesota Judicial Branch
 

Tue
10
Mar

Harding/Battle Creek Middle School Collaborate on College Fair

Two Harding High School seniors recently did one of the hardest things in education:  They retained the eager, rapt attention of more than 30 middle school students for 40 minutes.   Ismael Kamara and Sheriden Groves, themselves Battle Creek gradu

Tue
10
Mar

No choking this basketball season

Now that another youth basketball season is in the books, I find myself reflecting on a single statistic: Zero strangulations.
It wasn’t always easy, but I’m pleased to report I didn’t throttle a single soul while coaching fifth-grade basketball this winter. Not the referees, who — aside from some Wisconsin Rapids zebras eager to serve home cooking -were capable and dedicated.

Thu
05
Mar

New knowledge offered on drug dangers

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Commissioner Lucinda Jesson

A Minnesota Department of Human Services website about the dangers of synthetic drug use was recently recognized with a national award.
KnowTheDangers.com received a Silver Award in the 16th annual Web Health Awards program, which recognizes the nation's best digital health resources. It was chosen from nearly 400 entries from organizations such as the National Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and BlueCross BlueShield.

Thu
05
Mar

Investing in Minnesota’s Reading Corps

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Since 2003, Minnesota Reading Corps has helped nearly 150,000 struggling Minnesota students learn to read. The Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that provides trained literacy tutors for children age three to grade three. The program uses research-based early literacy to help struggling readers.

Wed
04
Mar

Capitol support for senior citizens and military families

There’s some good news for veterans’ families and senior citizens from the State Capitol.
A bill I’m chief authoring, the Retire in Minnesota Act, was approved in the Minnesota House Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee on Feb. 18. The bill would phase out the Minnesota tax on Social Security income by ten percent per-year for ten years. This would provide $400 million per-year in tax relief to residents who could truly use it.

Wed
04
Mar

Chasing the spring

The temperature hovered one-degree-above zero, though the wind made it feel much colder. As we ran, my dog Molly kept pausing and looking back as if there were someone else behind us. Who, I don’t know, as we did not see one single person outside of their homes or cars in our entire six-mile loop. I suppose she figured that the only reasonable explanation for why we would be outside running on such a miserable day would be if someone or something were chasing us. Then again, perhaps she was right, and the Abominable Snowman or possibly Old Man Winter himself was following us the whole way.

Wed
04
Mar

Failure to launch­—into retirement

These are a few of the questions Social Security experts Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz answered recently about children’s Social Security numbers and benefits:

Mon
02
Mar

Baby, hang onto that Social Security card!

These are a few of the questions Social Security experts Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz answered recently about children’s Social Security numbers and benefits:

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