Have you paused to consider what emotions you are feeling today? Is there contentment or frustration? Is there joy or grief? Fear or hope? It's really not an emotional either/or for us most of the time, it is a mix of feelings. Yet, we often go through our busy days without even acknowledging or being aware of that range of emotions.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer, including melanoma, is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Melanoma incidence rates in Minnesota have doubled since 1988 for both males and females, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Ingrid Polcari with the University of Minnesota Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center answers questions about skin cancer risk factors, treatment options and preventative measures people can take against skin cancer. What is skin cancer?
Great kudos are due to Affinity Plus Credit Union for joining with many others in our community to help support the United Way of Hastings' Food4Kids program! (see article in the Hastings Star Gazette, Thursday, May 2.) We are really thrilled by this new partnership. It is support like this that we hope will help grow the program to a fully functioning year-round effort. Local families who need a boost have found this program to really help, but when school is out for summer, it's been a challenge to get kid-friendly food packs filled and distributed to those who need them.
It started out as a sunny afternoon and a good time to ride along the trail by Lake Rebecca Park and the river in Hastings. As I rode, I started seeing piles of plastic bottles and a few other items piled up along the river by the trail, obviously picked along the shore from the receding flood waters by some good samaritans. The trash (mostly plastic bottles) flowed into the shallows from upstream due to high water and were left high and dry as the water receded. Many thanks to someone or group.
My state senator, Karla Bigham (DFL), portrays the senate budget as not reflecting MN values. Some of the priorities she mentions are funded by the 2% medical provider tax that's supposed to expire, by law. Other funding is automatically increased, by law. The DFL is asking for a bigger and bigger pile of money. Senate Republicans are not willing to give in to the request. Thank goodness we have divided government. I've watched the Minnesota House and Senate debate on public TV. I know, get a life, right!
Annalie Strong, a ninth grade Minnesota Connections Academy student from Farmington, has been selected as one of this year's 39 youth ambassadors for the Tourette Association of America. Annalie shared her story with representatives in Washington, D.C., during the Association's National Advocacy Day on March 5, and advocated for public policies and services for people affected by Tourette syndrome and tic disorders.
Here is my opinion on last Hastings Planning Commission meeting April 22, 2019. "Winner, winner chicken dinner." What are the Planning Commission people thinking for allowing four hen chickens in town. Feed is costly — eggs are cheap. Chickens bring in predators like skunks and rats. Maybe they should allow roosters... it might wake everybody up. "Enough said." Pete Nelson Hastings
I am writing to express my concern regarding mental health services for youth within our community. About one-in-five youth ages 12-18 experience a mental health disorder according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. When mental health needs are unmet, homelessness, incarceration and violent behavior are more likely to occur.
Last month I wrote about presence, perspective and possibility. Truly, that starts with each of us in our own physical bodies. I like to refer to it as our Earthly vehicles. When is the last time you considered the amazing ways our bodies work? How recently have you shown some empathy to your body? It is imperfect and aging but still deserving of respect and awe.
There needs to be some rebuttal to letters submitted last week. Equal is equal: If you start selecting certain people as "other" then you are judging them by qualifications that keep them from being equal. The ERA did not fail, it is a proposed amendment. Minnesota ratified. It was not ratified by enough states by the prescribed date. States continue to discuss and continue to debate ratification. The debate continues about the "other." The debate creates qualifications and the hierarchy creating the qualifications cannot see that equal is equal.