Senator Dahle will meet with the New Prague Superintendent of Schools
The recent headlines describe the federal government’s $700 bailout of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the banking industry to bring some stability to an economic crisis. The bailout is an attempt by the Federal government to deal with a serious problem that is affecting every household in America. Early signs of economic trouble showed up this past year in the housing industry in Minnesota and all across the country.
Home foreclosure will increase 39% this year statewide, and one out of every 31 Minnesota households will have experienced foreclosure between 2005 and the end of this year.
The Minnesota Senate, last session, passed a number of bills to deal with this issue. The measures were designed to help families facing foreclosure by connecting them with foreclosure prevention counselors. The bill also required a postponement of a sheriff’s sale if the sheriff’s office had not received a response from an owner within 7 days of a sheriff’s request. Other bills expedited the foreclosure process for abandoned properties which can become a nuisance to neighbors and communities with lack of upkeep, drug and illegal activities, theft of copper and other salvageable materials.
The Minnesota Sub-prime Borrower Relief Act was another attempt to deal with the housing crisis. This piece of legislation would have allowed eligible homeowners to defer a pending foreclosure for up to a year if their lender refused to negotiate in good faith, while still holding the homeowner responsible for full payment after the deferment. Unfortunately, this bill was vetoed by the Governor.
It is interesting to hear what the presidential candidates are saying about the economy. It has become a national crisis that will set the agenda for the Minnesota legislature this coming session. While no one could have foreseen the downward spiral we are experiencing now, the Minnesota Senate introduced several initiatives to try to get ahead of this problem.
The neighbor girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents and they were horrified by his greasy hair, tattoos, dirty language, and air of hostility. As he left, the mother said, “Dear, he doesn’t seem like a very nice person.” And the daughter said, “Mother, if he wasn’t a nice person, why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?”
This past Saturday I addressed the statewide Fall Conference of the Sertoma Club at the Academy for the Deaf in Faribault. Sertoma stands for Service to Mankind. They sponsor a different type of community service: community projects to promote freedom and democracy, to assist youth with hearing loss, and a fill a variety of other local community needs.
The idea that a service organization promotes freedom and democracy is especially important to me. As a Civics teacher I promote civic responsibility with my students. We talk about the important qualities of a citizen essential in any democracy:
a responsible family member
Respects and obeys laws
Respects rights and property of others
loyal to the nation and proud of it
Uses natural resources wisely
Stays informed on important issues
Takes an active part in government
Believes in equal opportunity for all
respects individual differences and ways of life different from their own.
Takes part in and improves the life of their community
If there were more service organizations like Sertoma, there would be less of a need for the government to take up social issues of poverty, welfare, health and human service shortfalls.
The Sertomans also support hearing health and assist students with hearing loss by making their dream of an education a reality. They support advanced education to improve the lives of people with communicative disorders and support professionals through education grants so they may help those in need.
Local service clubs attract the very best of our citizens. Through clubs like the Lions, Jaycees, Rotary, Sertoma, and others, there are so many opportunities to better our communities and impact lives. Thanks for the Saturday, Sertoma! Thanks for believing in citizenship, and the ideals of democracy and freedom we cherish.
Senator Dahle will speak between 5:30 and 5:55 PM at the Cannon Valley UniServ fall workshop for area members. The event will be held at the Middle School in Faribault.
Region 9 Development Commission
Meet with Reggie Edwards and Ronda Allis, Executive Director and Community Development Director of Region 9 Development Commission to discuss supporting legislation to increase development planning and technical assistance to R9.