Viewpoints

Thu
21
Nov

Safe families for children

“If I had only known; I would have done something.” How many times has that thought entered your mind as you read or heard about some tragic story of a family being torn apart? Many times it is clear, after the fact, that a relatively simple act of kindness might have averted the entire tragedy. Some wonder why the government’s social services agencies were not involved. However, their ability to act is largely limited to cases where they have been notified that a child is about to fall into immediate peril.

Wed
20
Nov

Could your home be more energy efficient?

Fall is here and winter is right around the corner.  As we clean out the gutters one last time, rake up our leaves and put our lawn mowers away, we should also be thinking about weatherizing our houses for the winter. There are a number of projects we can do around the house that can save hundreds of dollars.
Thankfully, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has some useful tips to get us started. The following is its “10 Ways to Save Energy, and other stuff too”:

Wed
20
Nov

North stadium light malfunctions under review

Problems with the lighting system at North Stadium came to a head this autumn.
On one occasion—the Sept. 5 girls soccer game between Mahtomedi and North High—the overhead lights failed to function adequately, and the contest was discontinued after just one half of play.

Tue
19
Nov

Rule of law, not rule of men

With all of the media focus on the government shutdown, the 40th anniversary of a heroic moment in American history passed recently with little recognition. Anyone under the age of 55 probably has no recollection or understanding of the “Saturday Night Massacre,” but that makes it even more worthy of recognition.  It has often been said that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.

Mon
18
Nov

A look back at the JFK years: A time of tears

I’m a political junkie. I follow political horse races with the same enthusiasm that others follow their favorite sports teams.
The seeds were planted decades ago. I remember my parents joking that they cancelled each other out the first time they voted in a national election.  Mom preferred Adlai Stevenson, while Dad liked Ike.

Mon
18
Nov

A look back at the JFK years: ‘We sat in shock’

As a 16-year-old, I stretched out my hand as far as I could but missed shaking hands with John Kennedy by inches in the crowd. Still, I was thrilled to see him up close at O’Hare as he flew to Chicago for a 1960 presidential campaign visit.

Fri
15
Nov

Curbside recycling opportunities greater than ever

Here it comes again—we’re playing the “recycling” card. But we have exciting news about  recycling–particularly regarding recycling additional plastics! Well, one waste hauler licensed in Oakdale and other communities recently significantly increased the materials they accept for recycling. Let’s look at the list right away:

Fri
15
Nov

When in doubt, don’t give it out

Scams and crooked deals are everywhere today, often where we least expect it. When you’re home answering the phone, browsing the Internet, checking the mail, or opening your door, scam artists and fraudulent operators look for ways to get your Social Security number and other private information. At every turn, you can protect yourself by following one easy principle. If someone contacts you and claims to need your private information, think twice and remember: when in doubt, don’t give it out.

Thu
14
Nov

The flu is not ‘just a cold’

As Thanksgiving nears and the temperatures drop, we are all reminded of the fight that is right around the corner. Flu season is here, and it is time for a reminder on what to do to prevent it.

Tue
12
Nov

You’ll love this freak show

They say there’s a lot of typecasting in community theater, but I don’t buy it.
That’s why I wasn’t offended when the director of the fall musical asked me to play a short, psychotic and flamboyant villain. I figured she was presenting me with the acting challenge of a lifetime.

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