I am tired of the all too frequent use of the word hate to label those with whom some disagree. If you oppose illegal immigration, you're accused of being xenophobic. If you oppose same-sex relationships or marriage, you are accused of being homophobic. If you oppose abortion, you are accused of being sexist or misogynist. It never seems to occur to those who sling the language of hate that people that oppose such things can do so for legitimate and rational reasons that have nothing to do with hate.
A week off of school! For a high school student, there might not be anything better. I know many families that spend their spring breaks in warm weather destinations like Florida, Arizona, or even Mexico. But many of our student-athletes (and coaches) give up their breaks in order to participate in sports. This happens in every season.
On March 7, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Equal Rights Amendment. It came as no surprise that Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, voted against the amendment. Similarly, he voted against funding the Office on the Economic Status of Women (OESW) in 2017. The OESW was a one-woman office that conducted invaluable research regarding the economic hurdles that Minnesota women face. His voting record begs the question: Does Tony Jurgens support the equality of women in Minnesota? Pam Pontzer Hastings
Building a U.S.-Mexico border wall seems like a common-sense approach to controlling our border. President Donald Trump suggests that to the extent the wall is lengthened, it will likewise strengthen our security against violent criminals, curb illegal drugs and lead to a more orderly immigration system. These assertions are undeniably true. So why the resistance to Trump's border wall proposal? I suggest there are four simple reasons.
It's no secret that when more people walk and bike, individual lives are better, communities are stronger and better connected, and our state is healthier, happier, and environmentally and economically stronger. I consider myself to be an advocate for walking and biking in Minnesota, so I participated in the 2019 Minnesota Bike Summit hosted by BikeMN in St. Paul on Feb. 28. I met with Sen. Susan Kent and Rep.
This week our students are busy preparing for the end of the second trimester and their final exams. There is a reason why we use the term student-athlete at Park — we stress that academics come first. Students are not allowed to participate in our activities unless they meet the district's scholastic eligibility requirements. The MSHSL requires that students must be on course to graduate in order to participate.
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.