November 24, 2011
The kids have been sick, I have been sick, and the change in seasons always does a number on me. But here we are, and it's Thanksgiving already. It's one of my favorite days because I like to look at the little things in my life (and big) and reflect on what I feel thankful for.
November 22, 2011
The news is just icky. Our Super Committee was anything but super, stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day when really, don't we all just need a break? Over and over we hear, we need jobs, the war is costing us too much, our Congress is ineffectual and our schools need to do better. I was heartened Monday morning when finally, people put the blame elsewhere- on parents! How refreshing not to have teachers being blasted.
March 25, 2011
The GOP-controlled Congress took steps to eliminate $700 million in funding for NOAA’s satellite program--at what cost?
March 15, 2011
Below is the content of an email I received today. I'm not certain exactly what I think of it except that I think it represents an overly simplistic point of view.
I have put some questions at the end... What do you think?
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones,...
February 17, 2011
But I wondered, as I walked through these vast galleries hung with the technological triumphs of the 20th century, what it must be like to be young now and to see the once ambitious goals of our nation disintegrating into partisan squabbling and ideological gridlock
I recently visited the National Air and Space Museum on the national mall.
October 18, 2010
Whether right-wing conservatives claim President Obama is a communist or a fascist, his decisions and bills have shown otherwise
The Tea Party has captured the attention of the media and angry Americans. The midterm election has, according to those on the right, become a referendum on Obama’s policies as President of the United States. We are told by some Tea Party members and Republicans operatives that he is either a communist or that he is a fascist, or in many cases that he is both; an improbable feat considering the two extreme ideologies lie at opposite ends...
September 27, 2010
The Congressional Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security invited Stephen Colbert to testify--in character--about the working conditions of illegal immigrants on America's farms. Colbert participated in a United Farm Workers awareness campaign, and spent a day laboring at a vegetable farm in New York in August 2010.
Here is Colbert's statement to the committee:
May 13, 2010
President Ramaley, along with 14 other college presidents part of Second Nature’s Task Force, urges government to make reducing greenhouse gas emissions a top priority
Winona State University President Judith Ramaley, along with 14 other presidents of colleges and universities part of Second Nature’s Task Force, urge congress and the Obama Administration to overhaul national transportation policy to make reducing greenhouse gas emissions a top priority.
October 8, 2009
WSU nursing students inform others of health care reform
When Shay Thompson’s father survived a devastating accident and the hospital bills continued to pile up, his family’s belief in the current health care system was shaken.
“It kind of hit me right at home,” he said. “My father paid for insurance for years, but as soon as something bad actually did happen, it wasn’t enough.”