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Victim: Put your bad experience to good use by speaking out


Fri, Apr 21st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

On September 17, 2005, at the age of fifteen, I became a victim. I was approached by a complete stranger, a 26 year old married man and father. I was all alone and had nowhere to go when this man took away my trust and safety. I was a victim of an attempted kidnapping and rape. This man only cared about himself and no one else that day. This man tried to commit these serious crimes by using me as a victim, but I was able to escape his ďimprisonment.Ē I was saved by a man that I thought was sent by God. After he had driven past the site where I was held, and I had noticed my hero drive by, I grabbed the grass for so much strength to get out of that ditch and run for my freedom and safety; because I was saved, I now look at myself as the hero who has put this evil man away from hurting and scarring someone elseís life.After the incident, my life changed a great deal. I no longer had trust in people. I didnít leave my house at all. I hardly spoke any words for the first two to three weeks after the incident. I became constantly scared of everything everywhere. It was very hard to bring myself to come to school after it had happened. At school I felt little support and comfort. I hated being around anyone that I wasnít very close with, like teachers or the other kids in my class. I was constantly restless and always nervous. All I wanted to do was curl up into the tightest ball I could and just sit there in some corner of a room, or under my momís arms. Our house doors were constantly locked and I was having constant nightmares with this man present in them and I became afraid of the dark.I did not sleep in my own bedroom at all, I slept on the couch in our living room, and still do sometimes. But I am gradually trying to sleep in my own room now, with several nightlights on. My moods also became very unpredictable and I felt that no one understood any of my feelings. I am slowly healing in some parts, but I will always be scarred in the parts that donít heal. I am also very thankful for my life, and for the people in it for helping me through this. I appreciate those who have cared for me even though I am a complete stranger to them. It gives me faith in our law enforcement and judicial systems when they keep these predators off of societyís streets, and give people like me a chance to heal. I encourage anyone who is ever a victim to always step up, speak the truth, tell someone, and put your bad exp .....
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Ethanol may be the answer

Fri, Mar 31st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The answer to Americaís dependence on gasoline could come from the Midwest, not the Middle East.  Using ethanol as a transportation fuel can be traced back to Henry Ford and other transportation pioneers. Fordís Model T, prod ..... 
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Shock and shame

Fri, Mar 24th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The 1970ís Academy Award winning documentary Hearts and Minds, which detailed the course of the Vietnam War, from our initial contacts with the Ho Chi Minh resistance during World War II to our ultimate draw down of troops in 1973, documents how succ ..... 
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DOMA: The marriage of discrimination and religion

Fri, Mar 10th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

With the start of the 2006 Minnesota Legislative Session on March 1st, Republicans were aggressively pushing their tool to prevent gay marriage, the so called Defense of Marriage Amendment. Hundreds of thousands of DVDs distributed around the State f ..... 
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So long to number 34

Fri, Mar 10th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I think it was May, 1992, but donít quote me. We were visiting Minnesota from our home in Michigan, and my sister had given us Twinsí tickets. What I remember about the game was that Kirby Puckett hit a grand slam, and the announcer said it was Pucke ..... 
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A budget is a statement of ethics

Fri, Mar 3rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Union of Concerned Scientists asked itsí members to write to the local papers concerning the Bush administrations perverse use of scientific research, the muzzling of scientists, and use of political litmus tests for hiring and appointment to rev ..... 
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Ben Franklin and the opinions of men

Fri, Mar 3rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Sometimes we print things people donít like to read. I guess thatís the nature of a newspaper.

Sometimes people donít like what I write; at other times, they donít like what others write that we print.

And ..... 
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Legislative survey doesnít inspire confidence

Fri, Feb 24th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In todayís mail I received a 2006 Legislative Survey from Representative Greg Davids who says he appreciates my opinion. Letís hope he appreciates this.

1.Would you support an effort to use a portion of Minnesotaís budget surplu ..... 
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A sustainable environment is not optional

Fri, Feb 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A sustainable environmental policy is not optional. By definition if it is not sustainable, the earth as we have known it and the human race cannot live with it long term. To assure the survival of our children it is imperative that we realize our pl ..... 
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