Open Sesame


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Governor Walz has finally succumb to the pressure and vowed to open things up. Did he really open things up or just give the impression that he was opening them? Churches are allowed to have up to 10 people per service, no matter the size of the sanctuary (or if it’s inside or outside). It takes 10 people or more just to run a service! (Note: since the recording of this podcast, the Governor has backed off and allowed 25% attendance). Restaurants and bars are allowed to open with heavy stipulations on June 1st. Hospitality MN was lead to believe that there would be indoor dining available, but now only those with outdoor seating are allowed. These places have already been training staff, preparing their establishment, and ordering inventory. Barbers and salons can operate at 25%. Right now there are more questions than answers. This is either a miserable failure or coordinated confusion to keep things from opening.

How is this considered reopening? How can a business generate enough profit to stay afloat? This is a no plan/plan. This is meant to placate the masses, while local businesses still have to fear closing their doors. Unemployment is at the highest rate in Minnesota since 1983. We must continue to make noise and put pressure on the Governor to get out of the way of business. We have lost many businesses forever already, and there will be more casualties if the government foot isn’t taken off their throat. In fact, some fear that up to 50% of Minnesota restaurants could close permanently by the time this is all over.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!

Podcast audio: https://commsolutionsmn.libsyn.com/episode-162-open-sesame

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Cr0G1jeHw9c

May 26, 2020 at 10:37 pm Leave a comment

It’s Over!?!


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Hallelujah! The lockdown is finally ending! We have been waiting for weeks. First, we needed to flatten the curve and find more hospital beds. We did that, but it didn’t end anything. Then testing was promised and it didn’t happen. Protecting the vulnerable was promised weeks too late, and it still hasn’t happened. We’ve had plenty of quarantining the healthy. We’ve been told no non-essential businesses are to be open. Churches can’t practice their faith per the first amendment. Only essential travel was allowed and people are getting sick and tired of their imprisonment.

All indications were that the governor was going to extend the stay at home order into June. Twenty-four hours later the internet was abuzz with rumors that he was going to lift it. What changed in 24 hours? It sure wasn’t science.Let me tell you folks, it was purely political pressure. People are angry. Entrepreneurs are told that they can’t open their businesses, unless you are the friend of the Governor with a candy store or a big box store. Graduation parties were outlawed. Schools may not reopen in the fall. Camping is not allowed. Churches were restricted from doing most of their work. There is a list of restrictions a mile long and it’s as arbitrary as can be.

There is a growing list of businesses that were ready to open regardless of what the Governor says. The Catholic church was set to start masses again at a 30% capacity. People just started living again. There are lawsuits and protests against Governor Walz. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that it was not constitutional for Governor Evers to continue his lockdown. Police departments, sheriffs, counties, and cities are refusing to enforce the Governor’s orders. The governor had no choice but to back down and change course overnight. The handwriting is on the wall.

Is it really all over? Will he back off and let things happen? Retail stores will be open so long as they have a safety plan in place. Many other businesses (restaurants, bars, salons, etc) will still have to sit on the sidelines and wait for approval to earn a living. Churches can have services of 10 people (which is about the size of the staff needed to run a Sunday). Personal gatherings of 10 or fewer people are allowed. Summer camps, grad parties, sports… it’s still all up in the air. And then there’s always what happens if there is an uptick in cases again. No, we’re not yet out of the woods. Do not go back to sleep!

We also answer a listener question and pull back the curtain a little to explain some of the magic that makes the Community Solutions podcast work. Are we scripted? Do we rehearse? How much research do we actually do? How do we come up with our material for each episode? We spill the beans this week! Keep your questions coming!

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!

Podcast audio: https://commsolutionsmn.libsyn.com/episode-161-its-over-0

YouTube: https://youtu.be/-IlK0834Us0

May 17, 2020 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

The Time Has Come


By Andrew Richter

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

We are at this point. In fact, we are past it. A candy store being considered essential is the last straw for me. It’s time we act.

I call on ALL businesses to open May 18. They should do so carefully and smartly. This virus is real. It’s not the flu. But if 500 people can go to Walmart there is no reason any other business should close its doors any longer.

Police departments and sheriff’s offices should stand down and let them open regardless of what the governor does. The governor’s “orders” mean nothing without law enforcement. More city councils need to pass resolutions disapproving of the governor.

Mr. Walz, we’ve given you 2 months. You told us you wanted to “flatten the curve” and build up hospital capacity. We’ve done that. We didn’t sign up for an indefinite shutdown. And we refuse to do it!

Who is in favor of a little civil disobedience?

 

May 12, 2020 at 11:14 am 1 comment

Fighting The World


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Governor Walz is continuing his ridiculous shutdown order, and fiddling while Rome burns. There appears to be no science to what is locked down and why. You can buy things at multi-billion dollar Target corp, but can’t buy those same things at a small business. We are being tracked and traced on our cell phones to see if we’re social distancing (we’re not). People are not being allowed to have graduation parties at their own homes.

Did you know that the Minnesota constitution allows for the Governor to run a perpetual state of emergency if the legislature doesn’t specifically vote to stop it? Why haven’t we fixed this? We are stuck in this lockdown until Walz decides to end it.

The good news is that people (and local governments) are starting to fight back. They are taking their lives back from the stranglehold that is this Stay at Home order. Barber, Milan Dennie, in St. Paul opened up his shop with precautions in place, becaue he couldn’t afford to stay closed anymore. He was raided by the local police and could be fined up to $25,000. He’s not the only person opening and preparing to open back up. It is time that more people resist. The city of Lakefield, MN passed a resolution to not use any city resources to enforce Governor Walz’s executive orders. Roseau passed a resolution to ask the governnor to allow businesses to open. McLeod County also unanimously passed their own resolution to ask for an end to the order. Some Metro churches and small business have also filed a lawsuit to reopen business.

We also give you our analysis on the Joe Biden/Tara Ried situation. The media (as usual) is ignoring anything that goes against their slant and it’s destoying the people’s faith in being able to find truth anywhere. Big Tech is supressing information they don’t like. Where do we go when the fix is in?

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!

Podcast audio: http://commsolutionsmn.libsyn.com/episode-160-fighting-the-world

YouTube: https://youtu.be/9UsNJXTnAso

May 10, 2020 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

Tim Walz is Destroying this State! And There is No Science Behind It


By Andrew Richter

Well we are now 50 days into this shutdown and two things are completely clear: Minnesota isn’t opening up anytime soon and there is no science behind any of the decision making.

Way way back in March we were told we had to shutdown the state and issue a stay at home order to “flatten the curve and ramp up hospital capacity.” This was accomplished about four weeks ago. Unfortunately, Governor Tim Walz, like most Democratic governors, seems more enamored with his power then he does in getting the state back working. We are no closer to reopening than we were and how the decisions are being made is equally perplexing.

Non-essential businesses are on the brink. They can’t be closed much longer. Almost everyone including Walz seems to say that. But, what was the process for deciding what was essential and what wasn’t? Basically the answer was the governor’s opinion.

The definition of an essential employee is a bit confusing and it seems to favor big business over the “little guy” who the liberals often claim to be defending. Who is an essential employee? Well, that is hard to answer, It seems like what matters isn’t what you do but who you work for:

Essential employee: a cashier at a gas station

Non-essential employee: a cashier at a gift shop

Essential employee: someone who sells cell phones at Target

Non-essential employee: someone who sells phones at an AT & T store

Essential employee: someone who sells shoes at Walmart

Non-essential employee: someone who sells shoes at Famous Footwear

Does this make any sense? Why can you buy a product at a large corporate store but you can’t buy the same product at a small business store? What is the science behind it? 400 people can gather at Target but 5 can’t be in a cell phone store? Why can 300 people be at Cub Foods or Home Depot but 25 can’t be at a church? How is it possible that there are no coronavirus breakouts and any big box stores, yet the small family-owned has to close? What science has influenced that decision?

Also think about what is happening to the medical field. We were told that we had to hunker down, bend the curve, and expand hospital capacity. That sounded like a reasonable plan but what wasn’t reasonable was closing off almost all medical services. How many times do you hear about early detection when it comes to Breast cancer yet a woman can’t get a mammogram? Are you worried about colon cancer? Well, you’ll be glad to know you can’t get a colonoscopy. Maybe you have high blood pressure or you are close to being a diabetic. Well you can’t get a physical so you won’t know. If you need an eye exam you can’t get that either. Some people can’t drive or work if they can’t see. How is this not essential? Anyone need a vaccination? What’s the science that caused those industries to close?

How much longer can people go without basic health care; not to mention eye care and dental care? Oh yes, emergency stuff is still there but how about catching this stuff before there is an emergency. What does dental or eye care have to do with ICU beds or hospital stays?

Walz’s outdoor recreation orders are just as head scratching. “Allowed” activities include golf, walking, fishing, biking, and going to shooting ranges, yet some weird bans still exist. For example, you can go camping in an RV but you can’t camp in a tent. What is the reason for that? Again show me the science! And you’ll be glad to know that Walz is allowing soccer and basketball to be played by people in the same household!! You have to love those 2 person soccer games.

Walz also claims that the restrictions that he has lifted put up to 130,000 workers back to work and that 91% of the state “has access to employment” (whatever that means) but it’s hard to see how that is possible. Unemployment numbers continue to increase, not decrease. Minnesota now has 624,000 people unemployed. That’s over 20% of the 3.1 million in the workforce. So if restrictions have been lifted, why are the unemployment numbers rising? And, again what is the criteria for reopening? Why was curbside pickup ok on May 4 but not on May 1? What changed? An honest media would also help a bit.

Of course, the governor says he “feels sorry” for these businesses that he won’t let operate but given the chance to ease their fears and provide a concrete plan to reopen, he refuses. This of course just adds to uncertainty and anxiety out there. The governor also keeps warning about his imaginary surge in people needing hosptals stays and has projected early May, mid May, late May, early June, late June, and early July as the peak. If the governor really believes that, why is he opening anything at all? Once again, show me the science.

My fear personally is that we will eventually come out of this with only big box stores and large chains in the restaurant and hair salon industries (who can stand a short term loss) surviving. Could this be the end of the dream of small business ownership. If not, how many will close? How long will it take to turn it around?

Also I hope that the state legislatures here and around the county will look at the powers given to the executive branch in the time of a pandemic. The idea that one person, Tim Walz, can shut down private business, rewrite unemployment laws, track us with our cell phones, violate HIPPA laws, and reopen the state at his whim, is unacceptable in a republic like ours. We do not tolerate dictators! This isn’t China or North Korea!

I’d rather die free than live under tyranny…..and tyranny is what we have.

May 6, 2020 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

We Are Essential!


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We welcome David Strom, organizer of Essential MN, to the podcast! Essential MN is rapidly growing on both Facebook and Twitter. He has taken Governor Walz to task over his handling of the Coronavirus outbreak. We are facing severe economic consequences because of the length of this lockdown has been based on fear and accumulation of power instead of science.

Farmers are pouring out tons of milk (literally) and putting down a slew of their livestock. This creates shortages in our supply chains. So many small businesses are in danger of not opening again. What are we going to do if things don’t open very soon? How do we recover any kind of an economy?

Instead, you have a governor that has decided to confer with some of the worst governors in the country (Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin) in passing strict restrictions to destroy our liberties, our businesses, and our finances. We have one of the lowest infection rates in the country, yet we continue to crush people unnecessarily. The Governor can’t back up his measures with numbers though, and that’s where David comes in. You don’t want to miss this one.

We also discuss the latest additions to the presidential race.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!

Podcast audio: http://commsolutionsmn.libsyn.com/episode-159-were-essential

YouTube: https://youtu.be/s9z_ITf8bs4

May 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

When The Rubber Hits The Road


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Andrew is back in the secret bunker this week and we spill the beans on his absence. Pause the podcast and enter your guess before we tell you!

There are going to be a number of impacts the city, county, and school governments because of the downturn in the economy. Tax collections in this state were $62 million short this year. The revenue collected from the state gas tax is going to come in way below normal as well. Government is still having to shell out for salaries, benefits, and pensions. Many non-essential municipal employees aren’t getting furloughed. Schools are shut down for the rest of the year and may not reopen in the fall. That’s a huge impact on parents. How will these entities make up the difference? Cities may turn to hidden taxes like assessments, fees, bonds, and the like to make up the difference. They may beg for Federal help. Are there any solutions? Yes, but it may hurt a little to set us upon good footing and eliminate all of this debt we’ve wracked up.

We also discuss Governor Walz’s most recent press conference. He’s got great news!!! Is it a reopening of the economy? Are we free to exercise our religion again? No!!! We’ve got a plan to test more people! Now we’re cooking with gas!

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify!

Podcast audio: http://commsolutionsmn.libsyn.com/episode-158-when-the-rubber-hits-the-road-0

YouTube: https://youtu.be/qyZChDf7h0g

April 26, 2020 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

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