Reader says Minnesotans should vote Republicans out of office

Janelle Von PinnonLetter to the Editor0 Comments

Kent Nelson, Sartell resident Walt Kelly’s Pogo said it best, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Minnesota Republicans have adapted this saying as their guiding or standard bearer in governing the state. As Republicans view their fellow Minnesotans they see the following: bad teachers, eliminate seniority; bad workers and bad unions, pass RTW; bad local governments and

Pre-existing condition? Check out PCIP

Dennis DalmanColumn0 Comments

If you’ve ever had a bout with cancer, as I have, you know how virtually impossible it is to find an insurance plan that is even remotely affordable, unless you’re rolling in dough. And who is these days? About a year ago, I had a cancerous growth removed from one of my vocal cords. I was lucky. It was early-stage.

The next step is fighting disease in the developing world

Janelle Von PinnonColumn0 Comments

Eric G. Bing Guest writer One of the world’s largest foreign aid organizations recently announced it will be forced to make substantial program cuts this year. For hundreds of thousands of people, the consequences could be lethal. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced late last  year it had failed to raise the minimum $13 billion needed

Sartell resident says ‘I am one ticked off housewife’

Janelle Von PinnonLetter to the Editor0 Comments

Anna Robinson, Sartell resident “Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? Was it not, started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on Sept. 11, 2001 and have continually threatened to do so since? Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from the capital

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

Empty nest = empty house + empty pockets x children

Janelle Von PinnonColumn0 Comments

I never understood algebra before, but I am learning fast. Our oldest son just got his first apartment, and he furnished it with everything we owned. If I have the math right, it means we are one more son away from an empty nest and bankruptcy. I’ve come to the conclusion the only difference between a burglar and a child