Board members will be missed
THUMBS UP: Two District 88 School Board members have announced they are not going to run for re-election. Susan Nierengarten (12 years on the board)?and Carol Ackerson (10 years) brought unique points of view, strong experience and much dedication to the board.
The District has been able to maintain as much as it has thanks in no small part to their efforts. They approached the tough decisions and worked their hardest for the purpose of educating children in the district.
It has often been said that school board is a thankless job. We wish to thank these two for their service.
Get excited for Ali
THUMBS UP: Not many towns in the U.S. can claim to have an Olympian. New Ulm should be excited to have one in Ali Bernard, who will wrestle for Team USA in London this Thursday.
Mayor Bob Beussman is hoping New Ulm will show its Olympic spirit next week. The downtown area will be decked with American flags on Wednesday, and the mayor is encouraging people to dress up in red, white and blue on Wednesday and Thursday. Let's do it.
Bernard is scheduled to wrestle at 7 a.m. our time Thursday morning. NBC?is live-streaming her match on www.nbcolympics.com.
THUMBS UP: The Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying, formed last February when Minnesota's anti-bullying law was criticized nationally as the weakest in the nation, issued its report on Wednesday.
As one would hope, it recommends the Legislature repeal the current law (shouldn't take long, it's only 37 words long) and get to work on a decent, effective law. The report outlines what elements should be included. We can only hope that the Legislature, as divided as it is, should be able to do the job.
But if they don't, school districts across the state should be poring over this report and turning its recommendations into action. They don't have to wait for the state to tell them to do it.
Students should not be subjected to bullying for want of a policy imposed from the top.