Heed spring burning restrictions

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, Opinion, St. Joseph0 Comments

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

Salvation Army helps out 365 days in every year

Dennis DalmanEditorial0 Comments

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.

Facts don’t lie. Buckle Up!

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial0 Comments

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

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