Chuck Drury

I recently read the Tax Foundation report on the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index. Changes in our tax structure last year have driven Minnesota down to 47th place. Only California, New Jersey and New York now have worse business climates than we do.

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Our American private enterprise system has once again proven that it can get things done in spite of our big federal government. U.S. oil production has now reached a 20-year high. This is due to the resourcefulness of private businesses and entrepreneurs. Our country is now on the path to becoming energy self-sufficient for a while.

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Have you heard the latest on climate change? The Arctic Sea ice has increased 60 percent from September of last year. It grew from 1.32 million square miles in 2012 to 2.35 million this year.

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A couple of senior citizens in my neighborhood have been victims of financial fraud. One of these was by a close relative who made unauthorized withdrawals from the bank account of the victim. The other incident involved charges to a credit card by an unknown person.

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