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Some people hate dandelions and will stop at nothing to rid their lawn of every last one. But despite spending millions of dollars nationwide, and untold amounts of time digging and spraying, the yellow flowers always come back. The seeds may blow in on a breeze from miles away, or they may come from the neighbor's yard, but either way they take root and spread quickly, and the battle starts all over again. When you compare the fight against the zebra mussel to efforts to control the common dandelion, you can see what we're up against: A near impossibility.
This weekend, fathers all across the country will be kicking back and relaxing as their families honor them for Father's Day. And rightfully so; being a father is one of the most important and underappreciated jobs. A lot is said about the importance of mothers and the role they play in raising children. We honor moms on Mother's Day for their hard work, sacrifices, and ability to shape the next generation. They deserve our praise for all these things and more. However, we often seem to expect less of dads.
Things sure aren't the way they used to be. While watching a couple of Western movies over the weekend, I was reminded of how far we've come from the values and traditions that created this country. One movie was a story about a man who gave his word to a dying friend that he would protect his wife and ranch. The problem was that another man wanted both and would stop at nothing to get them. The star of the show fought to protect them both at the risk of almost certain death - all because he had given his word.
Wars are terrible, disgusting, horrific things - however, sometimes war is necessary. We are now engaged in a great battle, one that many do not think we should be fighting. In eight months, Minnesotans will have the chance to decide if they will amend the state's Constitution to preserve the traditional definition of marriage. The time between now and then is going to get ugly and be filled with lots of name calling, accusations and emotional pleas. In a battle, it's not likely that words will change the mind of your enemy.
Dr. Steven Rosenstone, who will soon be the new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU), made Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) his first stop on a tour of Minnesota's colleges and technical schools. Rosenstone explained that he selected ATCC because he wanted to start with one of the best schools in the system. He also noted that Kevin Kopischke, president of the college, had a hand in selecting him for the job of chancellor. "It seemed like an absolutely great place to start," Rosenstone said during his visit Wednesday.
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I always wish I could spend more time outside enjoying the miracle of nature's rebirth before the weather gets unbearably hot and the mosquitoes start buzzing. But there never seems to be enough time for gardening, walking in the woods, or taking photographs; there are always more pressing things that need to get done.
Unless you grow your own food and hunt and gather for all your other needs, you probably need to buy things from someone else. Nobody likes giving away their hard-earned money, but the fact is that we need most of the products and services businesses offer as much as they need our money. What amazes me is that as hard as many businesses work to get customers, many also consistently do stupid things that make themselves look like idiots, as well as making customers feel like they're being used, manipulated and deceived.
It's a strange world we're living in: Modern technology is improving our lives and giving us opportunities we never even dreamed of before. Yet, at the same time, it's obvious that things are progressing faster than we know how to deal with them. The first warning signs came about 10 years ago - before Y2K - when the threat of a computer shutdown had many believing that a catastrophe was inevitable. Yet, when nothing happened, we all let out a sigh of relief and went full-speed down the technological highway again.