5-27-11 Twisted week
One could say this has been a twisted week. On Sunday came news a twister wreaked havoc on North Minneapolis, causing a lot of damage, injuries and heart ache. Then came the news about Joplin Missouri. Joplin is a town about the size of Mankato in southwest Missouri. 70% of the town was wiped out including the hospital and high school. The schools superintendent was at the high school graduation ceremony at a nearby community college when he got the call that the class would be the last to ever graduate in that particular building. At least 4 other schools were also wiped off the map. Just think about the EF-4 tornado that skirted the south side of Willmar three years ago. What if it had gone through the middle of town? Schools gone...Rice Hospital gone...homes gone, hundreds killed....it could've happened! Where would the kids go to school? Where would people live? In Joplin, 300 businesses were also erased. Suddenly a lot of people have no homes OR jobs. Pictures of Joplin remind me of Hiroshima Japan in August 1945.
Also on Sunday, two pickups collided in Prinsburg. One second, a man from Bloomington and a young man from Iowa are tooling along, the next, they are trapped in a burning hunk of metal. I am told rescuers were not able to pry the charred doors open and put the truck, with the victims inside, on a flatbed and took it to the Willmar MNDOT garage where they were able to finally extract the unfortunate pair. It took two days to make a positive identification. Rescuers and firemen have hearts too...I'm sure this carnage will haunt them.
And the legislature, as expected, stayed dug-in as did Governor Dayton and the 2011 session ended without getting a budget done, ensuring a special session next month, and maybe a partial government shut down in July. I know lawmakers think they are doing their best, but sometimes you have to give-in order to do the work of the people. But both sides think they ARE doing the work and will of the people by either demanding a tax hike on the rich, or holding the line on no tax hike and a mild spending hike. Why not ask the people? I'm sure they would say (and are saying) GET THE JOB DONE.
My wife and I will be in Milwaukee next week. She'll be at a work-related conference, I'll be riding my bike all over the place and catching a Brewer's game. It will be nice to see how real major league baseball is played again.