Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel inhuman or degrading treatment." Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person. They are based on shared values like dignity, fairness and respect. Basic human rights of immigrants and refugees are being neglected at our borders and at American immigration detention centers.
I don't often speak in public, but our government's current family separation policy is so wrong and so damaging to children that I have no choice. I am here to speak for the children. I had the privilege of being a pediatrician in this community for 22 years. When I met families in the hospital, birth center or clinic, I never asked about politics, religion or citizenship status, because it didn't matter.
Should an interim Goodhue County District 1 commissioner be appointed? Or should a vacancy remain pending a future election? The discussion seems rather empty in that important issues facing the county aren't part of the discussion. How can people get interested when it's not clear what difference it makes?
This year's theme of the Veterans for Peace annual Peacestock is "Military Service: Homeland Security or Empire Building?" As a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Army/Army Reserves, I think the question is valid. While we call our military the Department of Defense, is it really defending the "homeland" or has it been involved in military actions that have not made our country safer, but instead, have jeopardized its security by attempted expansion of America's influence by military means?
The news we hear each day about the tensions between the United States and Iran remains very troubling. The U.S. ratchets up these tensions by imposing increasingly tougher sanctions on Iran to strangle their economy, which of course injures Iran's people more that it does its leaders. I cannot think of a situation where sanctions have ever prevented a war but they usually are the beginnings of one. No one argues that a war with Iran would be bad for the entire world. It could easily create a much larger conflict because Iran has allies, chiefly Russia.
Jean Sargent, my mother, grew up in Red Wing. She left to attend college at the University of Wisconsin, met my father, married, and had three children. She died while giving birth to my younger brother, who survived. I was 6 years old. Her early death has been a defining experience in my life.
As the director of Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity, I am calling on the Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission to approve a plan to create affordable housing in the old St. John's Hospital. At Habitat we are acutely aware of the need for affordable housing in the city and the rest of the county. For every 10 applicants that come to us looking for help, we unfortunately have to turn down nine of them. We are very careful in our selection process and chose people that we are certain will become successful homeowners.
"There are more instances of abridgment of the freedoms of the people by silent gradual encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." James Madison, June 16, 1788 Virginia was the 10th state to ratify the Constitution one year after Madison said these words in a speech to Virginia's Ratifying Convention. By 1790 New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island followed suit making ratification unanimous.
The Red Wing School Board, in closed session March 18, awarded the bid to Keller-Baartman Properties for the sale and redevelopment of the former Jefferson Elementary School. Superintendent Karsten Anderson told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that negotiations should not take more than a week since the company's proposal aligns with the district's goals.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted Red Wing Ignite Executive Director Neela Mollgaard at an Agriculture Subcommittee hearing titled "Building Opportunity in Rural America through Affordable, Reliable and High-Speed Broadband." Red Wing Ignite is a nonprofit that promotes economic development by bringing together and providing resources for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and students. Red Wing Ignite has more than 18 businesses and organizations in its co-working space, and has recruited and supported nearly 40 startups in 2019 alone.