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Why not a greater Rushford?


Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is worth mentioning, that according to the Minnesota Design Team, of all the greater Rushford residents who took part in the recent brainstorming exercise, R-P students made the most lasting impression.

High school senior, Carina Schiltz, and 8th graders from JoAnne Agrimson's middle school class stole the show from a roster of otherwise articulate local "presenters" drafted from every sector of daily Rushford activity.

Mike Lamb, chairman of the MDT Steering Committee, veteran of a dozen team visits around the State, is a former executive director of the Minneapolis-based non-profit design team. For more than 20-years, the MDT has dispatched volunteer architects, urban planners, engineers, ecologists, housing specialists, public finance and administration experts to assist residents of small towns as they try to focus on a common future by sorting through issues, ideas, wants and needs. About the R-P student presentations, Lamb gushed, "I've never known young people to play such a direct role in the process."

To prepare for the MDT visit, Carina Schiltz conducted a survey of more than a hundred of her secondary school classmates. She asked pointed questions. I'll paraphrase: Would you raise a family in Rushford? What can the area provide for young people to do outside of school? What concerns you, worries you?

Teenage respondents were divided on the question of whether they would put down adult roots in the Rushford area. No surprise that some students look beyond Rushford, nor that others agree, There's no place like home. No surprise either that students overwhelmingly asked for more places to gather, a youth center, video game parlor, movie theater, someplace besides school, besides church, besides mom-and-dad's house. As for concerns, Carina's survey showed that R-P high schoolers, like students in larger cities, worry about drugs.

MDT members, 16-in-all, a few of them at least barely a decade out of high school, hailed from Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, New Mexico, Connecticut, Illinois, as well as Minnesota, places like St. Paul, Spring Valley and Rushford. A random assortment of homegrown and adopted Midwestern sensibilities, the team - to borrow a phrase - looked like America. Professionals with advanced degrees, men and women played roles of more-or-less equal-responsibility in the design process. They shared not only professional interest in small town design and a willingness to volunteer, but shared their .....
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It's time for an "elite" president

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Political discourse, besides becoming more confrontational, has become more Orwellian. It seems almost a requirement to name programs in a manner that obscures their intent.

The Clear Skies Initiative, that has obstructed the Clean Air Act ..... 
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The marvels of small things

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Take a look at your desk/work table. Notice all the small, marvels, things you can hold with one hand, which make our lives easier. Many of them have been developed in my lifetime, or not long before. A few are very ancient. I wonder how many other ..... 
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The beginning of the end

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The news from our leaders regarding the war in Iraq continues in the same old vein: just hang in there, it will all turn out OK. General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, during their appearances before Congressional committees this past week, essent ..... 
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Everyone loves a loser

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Our collective mean streak sure does show itself on television. I know you think we're nice people. I think I'm nice, my friends are nice and some of my relatives are nice but somebody is enjoying the blood sport of televisions "You are a Loser!" fr ..... 
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The Three Trillion Dollar War

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

A new book, by Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Blimes, a public policy professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, called The Three Trillion Dollar War - the true cost of the Iraq conflict challenges the Bush administration's ..... 
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Looking back five years later

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that we've come to the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War, it's time to look back and see what we have obtained by prematurely abandoning the search for Osama bin Laden to invade Iraq. At least we should see how the predictions of great minds that ..... 
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Water, water, everywhere?

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
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Recent newspaper and television stories have reported scientific concerns with the appearance of medications, both human and animal in our water supplies. These are only a tiny drop in the enormous bucket of the problem. I believe that in the future, ..... 
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And We Prayed

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Many of us, of certain age and blessed or handicapped as long time Minnesotans, know religious diversity as Lutheran vs: Catholic. What the Lutherans had in numbers the Catholics battled with fully uniformed nuns and movies starring Bing Crosby. Eve ..... 
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