Opinion

When I started working for Anoka-Hennepin School District seven years ago, I was immediately impressed by the communication taking place between our schools and families. It was clear to me our parents were engaged in their children’s education and appreciated information provided by their teachers and schools.

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An old Wall Street adage holds that a stock is worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. However, even more appropriate is an adapation of that adage by Investment Advisor Richard Ney (1916-2004.) He used to say “a stock is worth what the NYSE floor specialist is willing to pay for it.” In any case, both have more merit than all of the blue sky that so-called “investment experts” tell us what a stock or the stock market is worth.

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We know of Bambi, the cute deer in the woods. But when Bambi and her descendants attack our gardens, they are not quite so cute. We would prefer that they eat elsewhere. We can plant deer-resistant plants. Many plants on such lists are eaten when deer are hungry enough. One year, deer ate the leaves of my rhubarb plants. They usually will not eat daffodils, ferns, grasses, sedges or very low plants, such as creeping sedums, creeping phlox or periwinkle.

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Elections on Aug. 5 will give voters a chance to name their candidate by party for the Nov. 4 national elections. My request is to take a hard look at Republican Jim Abeler, Anoka, a 16-year member of Minnesota House of Representatives. Jim earned a host of awards and accolades for his legislative work, done because he is an individual who knows how to pull opposing members together for meaningful and fair legislation. In this time of contention by both parties, Jim is one who will be a factor as U.S. senator just as he has done at the state level.

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