Gov. Mark Dayton has handed out raises to various commission heads ranging from just under $11,000 to one that exceeded $84,000. The total amount of the raises was more than $800,000 and the average is $32,120. The raises were approved by the Legislature in 2013, and took effect this year and allowed the limit on salaries for commissioners to move from 85 or 95 percent of the governor's salary to 133 percent of his salary.
The written word has literally changed the world or major parts of it ever since man first figured out how to capture thoughts and ideas and preserve them so others could see them. From the earliest pictures on cave walls to stone tablets, animal skins, papyrus, parchment and all the way to modern printing, we humans have been capturing our thoughts. You can probably come up with your own list of the most important books and writings. My list includes the Bible, our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Federalist Papers, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the writings of St.
I don't know if the fact that I was born with an inquisitive mind is a curse or a blessing.
Try to imagine a society without the police. Or try to imagine countries without armies, or even a world without countries. That might make a great title for a John Lennon song about a utopian world, but in the here and now we haven't learned how to do that, nor will we ever bring that about all by ourselves. Thomas Paine wrote about the need for governments (as distasteful or evil as governments can be at times) because men (humans) cannot live in a society without conflict with themselves or others.
The last time I wrote about this subject was in July 2013 in response to the Trayvon Martin situation. I'll start out today by proposing that our grandchildren will still be dealing with one or more facets of racial issues long after we are gone. Racism is not a natural part of our genes. It is much more subtle than that.
Long ago (1950s) and far, far away (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) a parallel galaxy existed. In this galaxy, a father and mother were raising their two sons and two daughters (No. 3 didn't show up until we moved to St. Paul.) I was one of those two sons and I thought my dad was a genius. I still remember the first time the radio (then the size of a small refrigerator) went on the fritz. This was a major problem since we didn't have a TV — I even remember the first car my parents owned outright, but that's another story. So I'm watching Dad turn the radio around and remove the back panel.
Well, the 2014 elections are over and since I am writing this on Sunday, Nov. 2, I have no idea who won any race either at the national, state or local level. As a matter of fact, I'm closer every day to total disillusionment with the entire process. Am I the only one who thinks the hyperbole, over-the-top rhetoric and negative campaign ads have become totally nauseating?
This is going to be short and, hopefully, sweet. When this is published, it will be 12 days until the election onNov. 4. You, as the voters in this election, are crucial to the process; and whether you believe it or not, each vote counts. None is wasted. While you have the right to vote, you really have the duty to inform yourself as to who is the best qualified candidate.
I believe, along with many others, that the only way for the American people to regain control of our government is to be able to exercise significantly more influence over the political process — which is solely dedicated toward maintaining the current two-party system.
In the past I have written a couple of columns on the symbolism of burning leaves, but I just wasn't prepared for the number of them I found on my lawn when I walked the dog last Sunday. Visions of the near necessity of raking, blowing and burning came to my mind while I tried to push them back, thinking, "Not yet; not now!" I proposed to my wife on the first day of autumn in 1967.