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
The weather this winter has no doubt been a little warmer than expected. Many might not complain about this. Others still long for the snow that has been absent. The warm weather has not only affected the scheduling of events or natural processes but has forced the implementation of spring burning restrictions. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources started to
It never ceases to amaze people when they learn how the Salvation Army manages to offer such a vast array of services. During a recent open house at the St. Cloud-based Salvation Army facility, visitors heard the following statistics: 1. The Salvation Army serves close to 18,000 people who have emergency needs – both individuals and families in crisis situations.
Some might think a reminder to wear your seatbelt is unnecessary. Some might even think to themselves, “I already know it’s important to wear a seatbelt in the front seat.” What about the backseat? The back seat of a vehicle is not off limits. Countless studies have shown lives can be saved by wearing a seatbelt no matter where one
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
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
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
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