Our Government and Torture

The last time I personally delivered a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Minneapolis, I almost got arrested. I have learned my lesson. This time I would submit our group’s letter via email to our local U.S. Attorney, B. Todd Jones.

So I went to the site for the U.S. Continue Reading

Making technology accessible

Rep. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) knows how frustrating it can be trying to access government information. Westrom, who lost his eyesight in a 1987 car incident, uses his computer to read documents via software that converts text into speech. He can often be seen around the Capitol complex wearing a pair of headphones, using his laptop to read bills, answer e-mails and perform other routine legislative tasks. While such accessibility software is becoming increasingly commonplace, the state’s information technology systems are often not compatible with it. As a result, even Westrom, an elected official who works every day in the bustling nerve center of state government, has a difficult time accessing state Web sites, documents and other electronic media. Continue Reading