Attacks against Earth Day so typical of extremists

Dennis DalmanEditorial, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

Some right-wing extremists want to throw out baby with bathwater. The latest example of that all-or-nothing attitude surfaced recently, again, when so many radical Republicans rapped Earth Day as some kind of demonic rite of spring. Case in point: District 11B Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria). She commented about Earth Day, in a tweet message, “Absolutely infuriates me – a celebration

Volunteerism should be celebrated year-round

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, St. Joseph0 Comments

April might have marked National Volunteer Week, a time to hail the contributions of citizens who donate their time, but giving back to your school, church or community is something that should be done and celebrated year-round. National Volunteer Week 2012 was recognized April 15-21. While the week of appreciation ended six days ago, it cannot be disputed volunteers deserve

All of us should re-learn tornado-survival tips

Dennis DalmanEditorial, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

Although Minnesotans – famously so – are a weather-hardened species, this past winter, which was practically “balmy,” has probably spoiled us to some extent. But let’s not fool ourselves. A benign winter is not necessarily the harbinger of a balmy, pleasant summer. A drought is possible, as are destructive floods. A lethal heat wave could develop, not to mention –

Identity tax fraud is on the rise

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, Opinion, St. Joseph0 Comments

For many, the month of April means it’s “tax time.” With the 17th of April being just days away, there are some who are scrambling to make sure they have filed their taxes, don’t owe the government and if they do, have paid their taxes by now. As if getting through the process of filing taxes is not enough to

As Senior Connection ages, it gets better and better

Dennis DalmanEditorial, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

They claim as people get older, they just keep getting better and better. Well, that may be a sweeping generalization, although it certainly is true in many cases. However, one thing is for sure: As the Sartell Senior Connection gets older, it does indeed get better and better, and there’s no doubt about it. During its first meetings years ago,

Children have rights too. Protect them.

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial0 Comments

It has been said children are our future. They are, and it is because they are that it is so important to protect them and their rights as human beings. We should do it at all costs, because there are countless cases where an action might have been ignored and the outcome was fatal. A recent media report detailed an

ObamaCare detractors should offer alternative proposal

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

Monday was the beginning of what might prove to be one of the most momentous Supreme Court decisions in the past half century. At issue is whether the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called ObamaCare) is or is not constitutional. The nine Supreme Court justices began hearing testimony, pro and con, Monday. After testimony, the justices will