Voters Approve  School Bond Referenda in Worthington, Minnesota  

On November 5, the voters  in the Independent School District of Worthington, Minnesota approved, 1,780 to 1,644, a $ 33.7 million school bonding proposal to construct a new intermediate school with additional $5 million funding from the District’s general fund. The voters also approved, 1,760 to 1,662, the district’s proposal to refinance $14 million in … Continue reading Voters Approve  School Bond Referenda in Worthington, Minnesota  

Immigrants’ Stories from Worthington, Minnesota 

A previous post reviewed the Mayor of Worthington Minnesota’s defense of its large population of immigrants. Now, Andrea Durate-Alonso, a resident of that town and an American daughter of Mexican immigrants, has created an inspiring online collection of stories by the immigrants in that town. [1] Her collection, entitled “Stories from Unheard Voices,” was prompted … Continue reading Immigrants’ Stories from Worthington, Minnesota 

Worthington’s Mayor Defends His City  

The prior post discussed controversies surrounding Worthington, Minnesota in the southwest corner of the State. Now we thank the city’s Mayor, Mike Kuhle, for his robust defense of the city. Here are his main points.[1] “Worthington’s immigration benefits far, far outweigh any perceived disadvantages. The ‘bus driver’ article [in the Washington Post], as it has … Continue reading Worthington’s Mayor Defends His City  

Minnesota Counties’ Actions on Refugee Resettlement 

Of Minnesota’s 87 counties, 23 already have issued consents to future refugee resettlements while another 8 have indicated they will be considering the issue in the near future and only one has refused to so consent. There is little word from the other 56 counties in the state although there is no legal requirement for … Continue reading Minnesota Counties’ Actions on Refugee Resettlement 

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2019)

  Number Date Title                             JANUARY 2019 1331 01/02/19 Report on dwkcommentaries–2018 1332 01/05/19 Crickets Caused Sounds Heard by U.S. Diplomats in Cuba 1333 01/07/19 Announcement of Cuba’s “Pillars of Management” and Strategy for 2019 1334 01/08/19 Raúl Castro’s Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution’s Triumph 1335 01/11/19 Senators Menendez and Rubio … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2019)

Latest U.S. Struggle Over Refugees

On November 1, 2019, as discussed in an earlier post, President Trump set 18,000 as the quota for refugee admissions into the U.S. for Fiscal 2020 (October 1, 2019—September 30, 2020). Executive Order for Local Consent Previously, on September 28, President Trump issued an executive order requiring state and local governments to provide written consents … Continue reading Latest U.S. Struggle Over Refugees

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

    [as of 11/7/19] # Date Title 2 04/04/11 My Political Philosophy     U.S. Presidency   420 04/24/13 Evaluations of President Obama 467 02/07/14 President Obama Speaks Out for Religious Freedom 467A 02/07/14 Comment: President Obama Criticized for Not Addressing U.S. Religious Freedom 485 03/27/14 President Obama’s Audience with Pope Francis 829 05/11/16 … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

Prominent Economist Says Cuts in U.S. Immigration Threaten U.S. Economy and Innovation   

Austan Goolsbee, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a former adviser to President Barack Obama, asserts, “The long-run health of the United States economy is in serious danger from a self-inflicted wound: the Trump administration’s big cuts in immigration.” [1] First, he cites last year’s 70 percent … Continue reading Prominent Economist Says Cuts in U.S. Immigration Threaten U.S. Economy and Innovation   

Minnesota’s Challenges of Declining, Aging Population

Minnesota has an aging, declining population coupled with shortages of skilled and other labor, as discussed in prior posts.[1] Here is additional information on that subject along with words about the problems of shortages of medical care in rural parts of the nation and the challenges of having more immigrants. Skilled Labor Shortages[2] As of … Continue reading Minnesota’s Challenges of Declining, Aging Population

Rural Minnesota Endeavoring To Attract Younger People  

As noted in prior posts, many rural parts of the U.S., including Minnesota, have aging and declining populations that present many problems for the regions.[1] But there are hopeful signs that this trend may be reversing. “The Blandin Foundation (Grand Rapids, MN) has found evidence of growing interest in small-town Minnesota: A study earlier this year showed … Continue reading Rural Minnesota Endeavoring To Attract Younger People