Sharpen your pencils and choose your lunchbox carefully: It’s back-to-school time here in Minnesota!
The first day of school is always exciting for students (maybe even a little overwhelming): new teachers, new subjects, new haircuts.
But Franni and I know that the day is even more exhilarating (and even more overwhelming) for parents and grandparents watching their suddenly-not-so-little ones take yet another step on their long educational journey.
With the help of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., the family of a late Brainerd World War II veteran and war hero saw – for the first time Thursday – a portrait painted in 1944 to honor his heroism. The painting has hung for years in a Pentagon Gallery without the family’s knowledge and until recently when they visited the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., they had never seen it.
Minnesota’s most important get-together — and certainly the greatest — kicked off Thursday. Over the course of the past couple days, Team Franken (and Al!) have been there to talk to supporters about what’s at stake in the election. Of course, it didn’t happen without plenty of fun and foods on a stick.
Michael Brown’s death was a tragedy, and my heart breaks for his family and for his community.
But Michael’s family and the people of Ferguson deserve more than our condolences. They deserve answers. They deserve justice. And, as they exercise their right to assemble and protest, they deserve far better than the excessive use of force that only intensified the frustration and anger of those in the community and those of us around the country who were shocked by Michael’s death.