Opinion

Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits and vegetables, specified calorie levels for each age grouping, and low fat milk. Federal funding of the free and reduced lunches for school districts is dependent on compliance.

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I feel privileged to be taking over as superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District. As a student who attended school here from elementary through high school graduation, as a parent of three children attending schools in the district, and as a resident and taxpayer, I am committed to and invested in our students, schools and community.

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Some years ago, we had a coupon book that offered, among other things, two meals for the price of one at the Ramblers Inn. I’d never heard of the place, and, according to the map, it appeared to be in a neighborhood where you wouldn’t expect to find businesses. In fact, I hadn’t known there was a neighborhood there at all, off Lexington Avenue, north of the Carlos Avery turnoff, nestled against the south shore of Coon Lake. Every time I’d been on Coon Lake, I’d gone in on the north side, at the public access off of Highway 22.

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For quite some time now, I have observed the abuse of the purpose of the Letters to the Editor section of our local newspaper. It is being turned into a public forum for debate between certain individuals whose goal appears to be to argue with each other rather than address matters of broad public interest.

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“Money & Power!” Sounds like a book, and it is. I just recently reread this book, which was written in 2002 by Howard Means and was based on a CNBC documentary about the history of business.

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