Stress transparency in government year-round

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, Opinion0 Comments

Saturday (March 17) marks the end of Sunshine Week. You might be asking yourself, “What is Sunshine Week?” This week marks a time when transparency in government is stressed, highlighted and celebrated. Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote discussion of the importance of open government and freedom of information, according to www.sunshineweek.org. The week is not just for

Don’t let bloody outrage sully deeds of good soldiers

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

This latest bloody lone rampage in Afghanistan must not be allowed to cast a shadow on American soldiers or American successes in that country. For more than 10 years, millions of expert, hard-working and courageous military personnel have served overseas – mainly in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. And now, once again, the actions of an obviously demented soldier have caused

Support city boards and commissions

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, Opinion0 Comments

Daily activities can consume our time. There are truly not enough hours in one day – even though we all get 24. Whether it’s going to work, going to school or caring for aging relatives, time is precious. It can also be scarce. With this in mind, it is important to consider the hundreds of people who find or make

Please give generously during FoodShare month

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

If there was ever a time of need and a time to be generous, that time is now. Even in the best of times, there are many Americans who face hunger through no fault of their own – such as people who have been laid off, people who’ve had medical or other tragedies in the family and others struggling against

Board should explain spring-break decision

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

It’s unfortunate the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board and the school district’s superintendent seem to have unplugged the lines of communication regarding the ongoing spring-break controversy. On Jan. 23, the board voted 4-2 to discontinue week-long spring break for the 2012-13 school calendar year and, instead, place on the calendar five days-off here and there, creating – in effect – three-day

EDA annual report shows progress

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial0 Comments

Cynthia Smith-Strack is quick to tell anyone economic development is a process – not an event. It is something that takes time to blossom and sustain itself. Smith-Strack, the St. Joseph Economic Development Authority’s consulting director, presented the EDA’s annual report for 2011 to the city council last month. Economic development has been an active process in the city of

EDA annual report shows progress

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial0 Comments

by TaLeiza Callowa Cynthia Smith-Strack is quick to tell anyone economic development is a process – not an event. It is something that takes time to blossom and sustain itself. Smith-Strack, the St. Joseph Economic Development Authority’s consulting director, presented the EDA’s annual report for 2011 to the city council last month. Economic development has been an active process in

Extremists should stop attacks against women

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

The right-wing extremists are at it again. Like termites, they are determined to unravel and then destroy all the rights the people in this country have secured through so many struggles. In the past year, they have tried to whittle away access to voting by creating all sorts of registration barriers, including the need for photo IDs to prevent election