Constitutions are all about the structuring of government; they offer overall guiding principles and framework to help make sure our rulers don’t trample on our personal rights and liberties. They’re big-picture documents. Minnesota voters on Nov. 6 should be careful with the state’s constitution. They can vote “no” on a pair of ballot questions that aren’t as constitutional as they are legislative, as they are matters more appropriate for our lawmakers’ careful deliberations and decisions.
Seeking her second term in the U.S. Senate, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar has proven she deserves voters’ approval for another six-year term.
Change for change’s sake isn’t always a good thing. Dedicated, informed lawmakers who have a pulse on their constituents’ interests shouldn’t be cast from office because of the dysfunction within the body of government they work. In spite of the country’s dissatisfaction with Congress, there are some House of Representative members who offer hope of bipartisanship, compromise and solutions to many struggles facing our nation.
A reasonable price to pay
Voters must educate themselves for informed choices
Moving ahead without help from Congress It’s unfortunate Congress cut funding to establish health centers to serve underinsured and uninsured low-income residents, particularly after providing dollars to research the need in communities such as Bemidji. Initial funding allowed for the research and data collection for a communitywide health care assessment, which showed the city and Beltrami County has unmet health care needs, but no community health center available to meet them.
Find a way to lessen burden on city taxpayers
Minnesota Design Team’s visit a springboard for possibilities
Tests helpful but not only measuring tool Just ahead of the 2012-13 academic year, the Minnesota Department of Education released student test results from the previous year. Overall, children and schools in the Bemidji area fared well, reinforcing children are receiving quality instruction from teachers. For years there's been controversy about whether test results are a true measure of a quality education.
There must be a better way to address parking issues Nearly every college community struggles with parking issues, particularly in those neighborhoods adjacent to campus. Bemidji is no different. But solutions don't come easy and city officials want to experiment with a parking permit system in the neighborhood bordered by Birchmont Drive and Bemidji Avenue between 10th and 17th streets northwest. If the city has its way, property owners would pay $30 for one of 112 permits to park on the street in front of their residences from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.