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Congratulations, with caution

We’d like to congratulate all of our young people with achievements, awards, graduation and other “moving on” life changes. Well done! We also need to add “caution” to that. We would like to let you know you didn’t achieve all of this without support. The parents, relatives, friends, teachers, counselors, mentors, and so many other helping hands and professionals deserve some credit for all the achievements that any of us, including all of our young people make. We work best when we work together.


We all move in successful patterns much better when we have synergy - many moving an working in consort together. What one may not achieve - several putting imagination efforts, resources and asking for God’s help along with our worldly efforts - we can work wonders.

  Please know we are aware it works best when you lead the task and st your goals to achieve. We are here to support and encourage, not to take over. The credit belongs to you. Others are very proud to lend their resources to help you achieve your real potential.

—Dave Swenson


Gun control and the GOP

Minnesotans are being held hostage at the tip of the barrel of the National Rifle Association (NRA) with the full connivance of the states’ Republican politicians. Republicans control both the state House of Representatives and the Senate. The leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives is Kurt Daudt. For Republicans in the House, his world is law, and all of them are expected to fall in line, zombie-like, behind him. Daudt has gone on record announcing that no measure to keep guns from those who should not have them will be considered unless it has the prior approval of the NRA and the rest of the gun lobby. (Star Tribune, April 27, Section B 1 & 2). Let that sink in! Daudt is saying that the Republicans have totally sold out to their NRA masters, and that they don’t care what the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans, who overwhelmingly support common-sense gun measures think. The opportunity for Minnesotans to be heard is in November.

  Meanwhile, in the Minnesota Senate, which is under Republican control, every Republican, including Andrew Lang, voted to block legislative proposals by Senator Latz that would have required background checks for some guns purchased at gun shows or through the internet, and would have allowed police to temporarily take guns from people who are suicidal or homicidal, with the right of appeal to a judge.

  Are representatives Dave Baker and Tim Miller and Senator Andrew Lang in the pocket of the NRA, or do they represent the majority of us? Let’s watch and see.

  Our weapon is the ballot. Use it.

—John H. Burns