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Red Rock Elementary principal Andy Caflish showed off his Minnesota Vikings spirit Monday. As a reward for Red Rock students surpassing the school's goal of raising $4,000 for the Miracles of Mitch Foundation, Caflisch, a former punter for the Green Bay Packers, dressed in all purple and Vikings-related attire. Red Rock students raised a total of $5,574.60 for the Miracles of Mitch Foundation, which supports families of pediatric cancer patients. Red Rock students will participate in the Miracles of Mitch triathlon later this summer.
When we see little children at play, they are immersed in the present moment, with seemingly no distractions. In fact, if we were to call their name and they appeared to ignore us, they would contend they did not hear us. When they are playing, they enter a different world, one that involves their body, mind and spirit. How often do we enter into the moments of our lives with such total abandon? We know that when we're facing a difficult task, if we can find something to laugh about, we feel better and our resiliency increases.
Our legislators recently passed tax and spend budget proposals through the House and Senate with the usual "tax the rich" mentality. However they are taxing small businesses like mine that have struggled in the wake of a fragile economy. My business is especially sensitive to a struggling economy for I provide general bookkeeping services to small businesses. But, just as private industry appears to be growing again and the state economy is beginning to improve, state legislators are implementing a series of punishing taxes!
One of the most important decisions that state senators will make this legislative session is whether to raise revenues and by how much. I know there can be strong opposition to increasing taxes. For moms like me who have children who have significant disabilities, though, it's an easy decision to say yes to more revenues. Our tax dollars have been good investments in my adult daughter who has several disabilities. The services and staffing she's received have enabled her to do things that would have been unheard of when she was born.
I would like to thank Rep. Andrea Kieffer for her vote for marriage equality. I believe that she voted with courage and conscience and that she deserves our congratulations and support. Thank you, Rep. Kieffer. Patty Minehart - Woodbury
Communicating with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease or another similar form of dementia can be a bit of a puzzle sometimes. We find that as the disease progresses, it is increasingly difficult to catch and hold their attention. At times, they seem to simply choose to, at best, ignore us, and at worst, become agitated as we try to engage them in conversation. There are steps we can take to increase our success as we work at keeping the communication lines open. Consider following these guidelines in your day to day conversations: 1.
As a long-time resident of Minnesota, I would like to voice my concern about the budget proposal that recently passed the House and Senate. The tax package includes new taxes that were intended to target high income Minnesotans, but will actually greatly impact small businesses. Small businesses drive our economy; they create local jobs for local people. Taxes that stunt small business growth will stunt the growth of our entire economy.
Last week Rep. Andrea Kieffer voted to legalize homosexual marriage for the first time in Minnesota since Constantius II, son of the first Christian Emperor Constantine, outlawed homosexuality in the Western world in AD 342. Her vote may prevail, everywhere except in our district, until Jesus Christ, the last emperor, returns. James Grinols - Woodbury
Bob Stephenson's recent letter defending the National Rifle Association and attacking Carol Turnbull for supporting responsible gun safety stimulated me to take immediate action. I wrote out a check and sent it to Gabby Gifford's new organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions to help in her fight for gun safety. Stephenson's letter was very interesting. He attacked Carol Turnbull for using "inflammatory hyperbole," "condescension and arrogance," and engaging in "demagoguery and insults..." Obviously, he doesn't know Carol, but I do.
Scoreboard - Thursday, May 16 BASEBALL Suburban East Conference Thursday, May 16 Woodbury 7, Forest Lake 5 Forest Lake 001 310 0 - 5 11 0 Woodbury 100 303 0 - 7 11 4 W-Yan. S-Sharp. Highlights: WB, Winter 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI. SOFTBALL Suburban East Conference Thursday, May 16 Forest Lake 2, Woodbury 0 Woodbury 000 000 0 - 0 3 1 Forest Lake 001 001 x - 2 3 1 W-LaCasse. L-Pantilla. Highlights: FL, Alexa Bremer 2-3, RBI, run. Forest Lake 10, Woodbury 1 Forest Lake 001 003 6 - 10 11 0 Woodbury 100 000 0 - 1 6 3 W-LaCasse. L-Balsimo. S-Osvick.