Friday, April 27, 2012

New Financing Plan for the Vikings Stadium

The Minnesota Legislature continues to struggle with a bill for a new stadium.  There is strong public sentiment to not send the bill to taxpayers.  Make that don't send the bill to us... okay if you send it to some other city or region.
 Every proposal for funding has a downside.
 Electronic pulltabs or a Racino??  Too much gambling. 
 Divert funds from a previous excise tax about to expire?  People in that overtaxed metro area object.  More tax on a $7.00 beer sold at the stadium?  More tax on $90 jerseys?  The people who don't want to see their real estate taxes rise like that better. 
This week there was a proposal to put an excise tax on football players salaries and increase the user tax on fans.  Just have them hand over their paychecks at the entrance and comp them a couple beers.
Wonder if anyone has considered just taxing the team (players, coaches and owners) more when they
lose.  Might be an incentive to get that team going again. 
It took almost 50 yrs. to get a bridge deal for Stillwater.  Don't lose hope if you want a stadium. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Walking the Walk

Five years ago I lost a lot of weight.  85 pounds.  That was the easy part.  Keeping it off proved difficult.  I have dissolved in tears during doctors appointments.  My physician of 27 yrs is kind.
He didn't ridicule or scold.  Maybe he should have, but then I probably wouldn't go to the doctor
when I needed to.
Last year I lost 20 of the pounds I had regained.  I had regained 50.  I know.  Stupid.  I found a lot of
excuses.  I found the strength to lose those 20 but not more.  Then Christmas came and I gained another
five.  Back and forth for five months.  Up five.  Lose them again and again. 
This week I sucked it up and decided I had to hit the streets again.  Walk more.  Exercise more.  I have been telling myself that thrice weekly at Curves and two miles a day should be enough.  It should be but it isn't.  Today I walked 7 to 8 miles.  My knees say it is 8. 
I am also strongly imploring the LORD for help.  He is strong when we are weak.  I am weak.  He is strong.  He is faithful.  I am not always faithful but need to keep my connection strong and keep on.