A Willmar teenager and a Grove City legislator are teaming up in an effort to help fund treatment programs for methamphetamine addictions. Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, Wednesday announced a plan to fund meth treatment through special car license plates, similar to the plates that support natural resource programs. Meth is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. Meth releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which stimulates brain cells, enhancing mood and body movement.
Minnesota's superintendents want to add five weeks to the school year over the next four years, while shortening the summer break. This proposal is one worth some serious consideration by the Minnesota Legislature. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators adopted a legislative platform Wednesday that calls for a gradual buildup to 200 days of school per year. Teachers would work a 230-day schedule to provide additional development and student evaluation time. The current school year calls for 170 to 175 days per year.
The Pentagon is investigating allegations that the military paid to have positive stories about the war published in Iraqi newspapers. Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a military spokesman in Iraq, believes the program is "an important part of countering misinformation in the news by insurgents." Johnson said in an e-mail, "This is a military program initiated by the Multi-National Force to help get factual information about ongoing operations into Iraqi news.
I find it interesting in this day and age of computers and data-base management systems, that Mr. Horn, Wal-Mart's company spokesperson, is unable to specify how many of the Montevideo Wal-Mart's employees are full-time as stated in a Dec. 3 story in the West Central Tribune. I would also be interested to know what specific percentage of Montevideo Wal-Mart employees make the company's stated average wage of $10.53 per hour.
BOSTON -- Some years ago my husband was a last-minute draft pick to play the role of godfather at a young friend's naming ceremony. Admittedly, his relationship to organized religion was a bit dicey, but you know how it is in the understudy business. In any case, at the end of the home ceremony, he leaned over and stage-whispered into the ear of the infant the promise that her training as a Druid would now commence. You may be relieved to know that Laura was raised in a somewhat more traditional church. But now it appears that her few homilies on Druidry may come in handy.
In the letter published on Dec.
I am darn mad about the way the U.S. troops come home from war; that they are all Army, Navy and Air Force and not treated to a grand review parade in Washington, D.C., with colors, the flag and service bands and with the president and all officials in attendance on the reviewing stand. As far as Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of State, advisors from the Pentagon and anyone else with the necessary courage, they might, sadly, have to be behind bulletproof glass.
If, as Samuel Johnson said, "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," then "support our troops" is very close by. It is being used to deflect criticism of the war in Iraq, or to rebut those who call for a pullout or question how incompetents seized control of the government in a coup by ideologues. In the lexicon of some, the only way to support our troops is to ensure that more of them die. The utter tastelessness of this approach was on display Tuesday when Vice President Cheney spoke to the 10th Mountain Division and the National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.
WASHINGTON -- Feeling, evidently, flush with (other people's) cash, the Senate has concocted a novel way to spend $3 billion: Create a new entitlement. The Senate has passed -- and so has the House, with differences -- an entitlement to digital television. If this filigree on the welfare state becomes law, everyone who owns old analog television sets will get subsidies to pay for making those sets capable of receiving digital signals. If you think America is suffering an entitlement glut, you may have just hurled the newspaper across the room.
There is a move afoot in Congress to pass a bill that would allow the United Nations to tax American citizens in order to help them support their global ambitions. Why should we have to fork over money to Kofi Annan and his greedy, corrupt cronies at the U.N.? This tax proposal has been kept fairly quiet until recently. Some powerful members of Congress, like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, have already voiced their support for global taxation. Up to now, President George Bush has opposed a global tax, but he is under tremendous pressure to favor the U.N.