Why don't we catch some of those wild geese that lurk in the parks and in golf courses? Butcher them for the food shelf. Yum, yum for the holidays. Or else a Bluetick dog could shoo them away. The wooden resemblance of Wile E. Coyote is not doing the job. Pete Nelson Hastings
What is heavier than lead, and what could its name be but ... fool. A fool will never ask: "Why do I do the things that I do?" A fool will always believe that money is more important than people. Have you noticed lately that both the Republicans and Democrats are desperately trying to show that the opposition is just plain unreasonable and untrustworthy? I heard someone say just the other day:
I sat down to drink a cold refreshing glass of the wonderful Hastings water; what a shocker! How long is this putrid chlorinated water going to be around? I don't even want to give it to my dog. Will it kill my plants? I don't like bathing in it. Pop isn't good for you. Water is the best refreshment, or at least it used to be. Our great water was a bragging point for me. My friends in St. Paul are always complaining about their water. I understand the importance of safe water. But when will this chlorinating end? Thirsty and unhappy.
The City of Hastings government is refusing to take accountability for the services they provide. On Sept. 22 it was found that a portion of the city water supply was contaminated with E. coli and residents were instructed to take precaution such as boiling water prior to consumption. These precautions were in place until Sept. 24 at which point the water was deemed safe for human consumption. Residents were then told to flush water systems prior to use to ensure that contamination was no longer present.
On June 9, 2018, the meeting room at the American Legion Post 47 was dedicated and named The Hastings 5 Gold Room in honor of the five Hastings men that were members of the First Special Service Force. These men went to defend this great country in World War II. Their names are familiar to most people in Hastings: S/Sgt. John Hankes, Tech-4 Francis Brooke, Tech-4 Dale Hamilton, Tech-4 George Hild and 2nd Lt. James Moore who was killed in action.
As a former human rights commissioner in Red Wing, former board member for Minnesota Erosion Control Association and public speaker on pro-life issues, I find the cartoon characterization that we have a shipwreck in D.C. since the election offensive at the least. Ad nauseum. Our president, Donald Trump, has built the best economy of our lifetimes. Serving all people of color. If you want a job, you can have a job, with benefits. Lowest unemployment in the black and Hispanic communities.
Several interested citizens have formed a committee titled Heritage Park Committee. We desire to preserve and develop vacant lots located on the Mississippi River between Artspace River Lofts and the river, near the Trestle Bridge. Heritage Park would enhance what is already on the levee. Our vision: This extraordinarily beautiful site on the great Mississippi River in Hastings will become a place to honor — through art and celebration — our diverse heritage and bountiful natural beauty.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.
When mayors get together they typically talk about "nuts and bolts" like infrastructure and budgets, not opioid abuse. Yet, opioid abuse affects so many cities, even our beloved Hastings. Hastings Police Department doesn't track opiate-related incidents separately. Instead they track overall drug activity. Based on their reported calls for service featuring drug activity to total calls for service, in 2015, 33 percent of total calls pertained to drug activity. In 2016, it was 32 percent. For 2017, 44 percent. The 2018 figure is 47 percent at the time of this writing.
The United Way of Hastings has been the Heart of Hastings since the agency was established in 1964. At the time, the founders wanted one organization in the community that would do all the fundraising, limiting the times community members and businesses were asked to donate to various causes. Volunteers canvassed the community and knocked on doors once a year to raise funds for UWH. Then, community members gathered to decide the greatest needs in the community and distribute the funds raised by UWH to community organizations that would provide direct services.