Thumbs up to Cloquet Community Development Director Holly Butcher for her “Clean-up Week in Cloquet” idea. She broached the idea to the Cloquet City Council a month or so ago and has been running with it ever since, touring various waste facilities and compiling a massive list of places to dispose of our stuff.
Butcher is right: We really should take charge of our own trash. In the process, we can also help charities (by donating clothes or glossy magazines) and make our own homes more attractive. (Ever noticed that kids won’t play in a messy room, but spend hours in a clean one until it’s messy again?)
Thumbs down to state politicians who have failed to find a working compromise and now put the entire state at risk. When both sides say they were elected with a mandate, they forget that both sides were elected. That means there is no unanimous voter agreement on who’s right. So give us a balanced mix of cuts and increased taxes or fees, and don’t ask only one segment of the population to shoulder the burden. And hurry up, please.
Thumbs up to the noble few who are working hard to make the July Fourth celebration one to remember in Cloquet. We can all help them by donating money or time to the effort. To make a donation or volunteer your time, contact Lisa Karulak at 218-390-3789, Jim Nelson at 879-4994 or John Badger at 879-0397.
~ Jana Peterson