Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Two projects that are sort of near where I live will receive federal stimulus money shortly. One is a stretch of highway that was build over underground mines that needs reinforcements. The other is a neutrino detector, which is actually a big hole in the ground filled with scientific instruments. Besides the construction workers, I can't help but wonder who will be working there in the future, as we need more people making babies to help our our school district. We already have an underground http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/soudan_underground_mine/physicslab.html located at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. I've been down in the mine, 1/2 mile below the surface, four times. It was a very exciting and educational trip, down in the elevator, crosswise in the train car for 3/4 mile. Now a visitor can also visit the physics lab.
Since we can also use the tourist dollars, you are all invited to our area!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I can only imagine how miserable the volunteers must be, filling and stacking the sandbags. The weather where I live has been miserable: cold, wet, windy. I'm only "feeling" that by looking out the windows these last few days. It is the kind of weather that makes one want a winter place in Arizona. The area along the Red River is flat as a pancake, so the wind would feel much stronger. You can tell from the series of photos that the weather got colder during this time because the ice was forming. The Red River has flooded before, but they aren't used to it flooding during weather that also produces ice.
The river is projected to reach 43 feet by Saturday. I haven't been able to figure out what level they are measuring from, but flood stage is about 22 feet, and 43 feet is much taller than a two story house.
God Bless those volunteers!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
My friend just emailed me to say that she will shortly be unemployed. She does healthcare for children…I won’t say what exactly. That is supposed to be a field that is immune from the recession. Yeah right. Her employer claims that there is another agency that does the same work, but, of course, the people in her office would know if that were so. It isn’t. She is in a small enough city that if there were such an agency, they would all know each other. They are suspicious that the work will now be foisted onto the school districts, like they can stand to add more to their workload. There is no safety net for these children.
I certainly understand budget tightening during this time of tight budgets, but let’s be honest about what is happening. Our governor has used his position to have “no new taxes” during his time in office. That has meant using up the reserves and pushing services onto lower levels of government, i.e. increasing the property taxes, because services have to happen in cities and towns. Well, now the towns are laying off the police officers and he is criticizing this.
This is what happens when a certain political party puts out the propaganda that paying taxes isn’t patriotic.