Last week, former local Republican chairperson Faye Hatch attacked State Rep. Anne Claflin for not supporting funding to clean up a landfill in Anoka County. The reality? Anne Claflin is a co-sponsor of HF 233. This bill provides $6 million to clean up the landfill. That bill was merged into a capital investment bill which Claflin recently voted for.
During the past few weeks I had the chance to witness the talented students we have in the fine arts. Our One-Act Play competed in sections and had to compete against some very talented schools, including East Ridge and Woodbury. This year the directors picked the play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. The play is set in a courtroom in purgatory, where Judas's defense attorney tries to spring her client from hell.
Minnesota's Sen. Susan Kent and Rep. Steve Sandell are in support of closing the "gun show loophole" by requiring all gun sales be subject to a background check. Sounds good, right? Well as always, the devil is in the details. House bill HF08, cosponsored Sandell, does a little more than what is reported by the media. Let's go through some of the changes in this proposed legislation.
Many of our teams at Park do some sort of community service or outreach program. Our boys hockey team is again this year sponsoring an important fundraiser. The Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association is in its 12th year of raising funds to help support the fight against childhood cancer. This program, called C.H.E.C.K. (Coaches Helping Eliminate Cancer in Kids) was started by a high school hockey coach.
On the campaign trail, new state Rep. Anne Claflin spent the summer and fall calling for clean water and underscoring the importance of communities' access to it. This message sounds good, and may have convinced some voters in November, but it doesn't match up with Claflin's actions in the Legislature. Claflin has been in St. Paul for just a few weeks and, in one of her first votes, she decided to put party politics ahead of clean water and most importantly, the health and safety of Minnesotans.
This week I had the opportunity to get out and support our alpine team, and if we ever get just a little more snow, I hope to see our Nordic skiers on the trails as well. There are many things that amaze me about these teams. First of all, these teams compete under the name PWER, for Park, Woodbury, and East Ridge. Each school competes individually (even against the other schools), but the teams train together.
Climate change due to human activity has become a well-accepted phenomenon among climate scientists. Now the debate among scientists has shifted to how severe the consequences will be, and how long before human society will collapse if nothing is done.
Park seniors Hannah Schluetter and Alex Towle have been selected to represent the school in the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award program for Region 3AA. Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts, and Athletics (Triple "A") Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award goes to high school seniors who have a "B" or better grade point average and who participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.
A letter Don Slaten wrote against state Rep. Tony Jurgens was predictable drivel. Amazing that Slaten, who was once defeated by Jurgens and has deep connections to the local DFL party, would take shots at his former opponent, isn't it? The letter reads like it was written by a DFL Capitol insider, which Slaten is not, with all sorts of statistics relating to budget surplus projections, future state growth and inflation. Hey Don, just because the state has a surplus doesn't mean we need a bloated budget. I am with Jurgens, rein in the spending.
There have been many, many studies conducted to prove the positive effects of participation in high school sports. Too often the emphasis is on winning or losing, and oftentimes these benefits are overlooked. Participation in high school activities is a valuable part of the overall high school experience. We consider our programs an extension of the classroom, almost like a "seventh period" class.