In the waning hours of the 2013 legislative session, with the budget still unfinished, Democrats were pushing through one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve seen in my time at the state legislature.
There’s been a whole lot of fuss lately about PRISM, which was introduced to the world last week as a government program to mine personal information from the phone calls and online activity of the American people.
I stopped by my townhouse on Monday. My townhouse. Here in Farmington. The one that I own, but have been renting out the past two years.It’s a little weird to walk around in there. I spent nine years of my life in that place.
When Sen. Greg Clausen was elected last fall it was clear education would be a focus. The former Rosemount High School principal has experience in the area, and he knows how important a good education is.
This year the icy spring morphed right into a beautiful summer. Overnight the grass turned lush and patches of irises bloomed all over town with huge lacy violet flowers. As I write this, I am far away from my hometown, and I feel a little catch in my throat as I think of the tiger lilies alongside my patio opening their brilliant orange petals.
It’s become something of a tradition since I started writing this column. Every year at this time the people in charge of planning graduation ceremonies at Farmington and Rosemount high schools neglect to ask me to speak (Given how many years my invitation has gotten lost in the mail now, I start to understand why the post office is struggling) and every year I choose instead to share my message to the graduates in this space. Because we all know how much today’s young people like to read newspapers.
Contrary to what you might gather from shows like MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, young people have a lot to offer their community.
We see evidence of that every week as we get into local schools. We see students starting clubs to help others.
I don’t expect everyone in Farmington or Rosemount to drop all of their weekend plans just to attend a Memorial Day ceremony. I do, however, ask that you take a minute, sometime over the weekend, just to think about those who have died for our freedom, those who have died defending the freedom of others, and those who have served our country but have now passed away.
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