Throughout history there have been times when social custom or law allowed people to hate. I’ve lived long enough to see African-Americans, women, gays, and Muslims have to fight for the rights that should automatically be theirs as Americans. Hate usually goes hand-in-hand with fear, and throughout history it has been difficult to determine if hate is the cause or the effect of war.
World War I was called “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars.” On April 12, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson formally asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. He argued, “The world must be made safe for democracy.”
I cleaned out a storeroom last month and found a box of letters that my husband had sent to me while he was in the army in Viet Nam. The thin paper envelopes held the hopes and dreams of our youth, scrawled in cursive handwriting on pale blue stationary. I wrote him every single day of his one year tour, just to let him know that he was on my mind. He often told me how very much those letters meant to him when home seemed so far away.
I got a call the other day from a friend in St. Louis. She had seen television reports about the awful flooding in Minnesota and was concerned about us. I assured her we were fine, but I couldn’t explain why. Why is most of Anoka County dry only a few hours after a heavy rain?
Occasionally some new idea captures the fancy of the general public to such a degree that its popularity exceeds all reasonable expectations. Such was the case with rock gardens in the 1930s. The July 15, 1931 Anoka Union newspaper explains, “Never in the history of Anoka have people been so interested in rock gardens and flowers of all kinds as this summer of 1931.”
When someone asks where you live, you respond with the name of your city. However, if you were to travel back in time this simple question becomes a lot more complex.
When Burns Township became the city of Nowthen, Linwood became the last remaining township in Anoka County. How does a township differ from a city? Neither population nor geographic size is significant. Rather a township has chosen a form of local government that does the same job as a city council, but works differently.