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Human-caused global climate change is one of the most complex issues facing society today. It is a global problem felt on local scales that cuts across many dimensions — science, economics, society, politics, and moral and ethical questions. It is here today, will be around for decades and c…

On Monday, Nov. 16, as your mayor, I declared by proclamation, a local emergency due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. It was ratified by the Savage City Council at our meeting that evening. I did an emergency proclamation in March that expired in June. This allows staff to make decisions as …

Promise yourself “to give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.” This is the ninth stanza of the Optimist Creed. This is perfect advice. We are all in this together. Support each other and set a goal to make each day more positive than the one…

I am so grateful to all the Minnesotans that are taking this pandemic seriously and doing such a good job of flattening the curve. Though it may not seem like it you are saving lives, it is first and foremost what we need to be doing right now.

Our state is currently in the midst of a public health crisis that is unprecedented in modern times. The tireless work of our first responders and healthcare workers — to whom we owe a deep debt of gratitude — in conjunction with the compassion that our community members continue to show eac…

Promise yourself “to think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds; to live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you,” as Christian D. Larson said. These are the last two stanzas of a c…

Grievously, we lost a very spirited and sincere man, Joe Vaughan. Mr. Vaughan was a kind, warm-hearted person who brought caring-ness to others, including me. Who was Joe Vaughan to me and others? Mr. Vaughan was the CEO of CAP Agency, a loving friend, a rock solid mentor, a gracious helper,…

We know there are very real emotional, mental and physical health risks that come with social isolation in seniors. It can lead to higher blood pressure levels, higher rates of mortality and a quicker cognitive decline. The debilitating consequences of this are only amplified when compounded…

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