A fellow stated in this Open Forum that the reason that level 3 offenders are set free is because of the liberal courts. In reality the reason is that as fast as the liberals allocate funds to build more jails and prisons the conservatives down-size our prisons so that people need to be let free because there is no space. Although it does mean more money in everybody's pockets to spend at the store. Problem is that it is more dangerous to go to that store. Keep electing all of those right wingers, let's keep the Level 3 people on the streets. He also stated that in the last 40 years the liberals have made this happen. Think about this, in the last 40 years our president has been a Republican more than half of that time.
The Dispatch reports that no opponents of superstores showed up at the last Baxter council meeting. Should this be a surprise?
Imagine. For months concerned, environmentally informed, well-educated, community minded citizens tried to exercise democracy, be represented and heard. They raised money, brought in scientific evidence, protested, showed up at meetings, wrote letters, drafted petitions. They pointed out national and global studies about the effects of Wal-Mart superstores on community businesses and environment.
(The latest: Wal-Mart undercuts Toys-R-Us this Christmas with hopes to drive it out of business. If Wal-mart ruins Toys-R-Us, imagine what it can do to small businesses.)
Savvy citizens showed up for months and were literally told to sit down and shut up. One report stated relief that there was no opposition. Democratic? What will the headlines read five years from now? "CRD says: "I told you so."
No, there is no glory in that, just grief. I recommend this community keep its eyes open. Changes are rapid and we soon forget. Educate yourselves about globalization. Observe this multinational corporation as a "good neighbor" and really check the effects of wages, jobs, welfare and learn for the sake of our community and its future.
Bush's tax policy
I agree, the gentleman who disagreed with my opinion on the Bush tax policy, that we have been longtime friends and we will continue to be good friends despite some differing opinions about Bush's tax policy. When rich people get a tax rebate, that they don't need for day to day living, they don't tuck the excess money under their mattresses. They invest that money in banks, savings, or other financial institutions. When there is new money flowing into the economy it becomes easier for first time home owners to purchase homes which boosts the construction and trades industries. The lower mortgage rates also allow people to purchase items like cars, snowmobiles, etc. When the government holds the money and gives handouts to low income housing, the capital leverage is not nearly as great. As an example, suppose $100,000 of new money is put into the economy. Twenty families with a down payment of $5,000 each can purchase their new home. If the government has the $100,000 they can, at best, purchase one low income house. After the Bush tax cut, the rich will be paying a higher portion of the total tax load than before.
In the 1970s and 1980s Gov. Perpich and a Democrat-controlled Legislature refused to modify their tax policies. Their slogan was "Tax the rich corporations." As a result, 3M, a very good corporate citizen, with good-paying jobs and very good benefit coverage, gave up and moved its research division to Austin, Texas. 3M stated it would never build new manufacturing facilities in Minnesota; and they haven't. Today there are, perhaps, 100,000 good 3M jobs in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Texas and other states. Over the years the Democrats have had some real fuzzy thinking about taxes.
Summer home, Ideal Township
Thanks from MPR
As we begin the new year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those businesses and individuals who contributed to the capital campaign to get KBPN 88.3FM on the air.
For years, I'd been hearing from listeners who were frustrated there was no Minnesota Public Radio news and information station broadcasting from the Brainerd lakes area. On July 18, KBPN 88.3FM went on the air for the first time and those frustrations were finally laid to rest.
Since KBPN 88.3FM began broadcasting, in addition to the local, state and National Public Radio programming we provide, we've aired a live Mainstreet broadcast from Camp Ripley discussing the transformation of the National Guard and focusing on home front heroes.
Now, we're planning a show for Jan. 16, when Katherine Lanpher, host of Midmorning, broadcasts from the Grand View Lodge from 9-11am. The public is invited to attend. Katherine's show will highlight the upcoming fishing extravaganza and ice fishing. As Minnesota Public Radio boasts a weekly statewide audience of 650,000, these broadcasts are good news to central Minnesota.
Once again, thanks to those of you who helped to make KBPN 88.3FM a reality!
Brainerd Station Manager
Minnesota Public Radio
I must disagree with Roger Landers' letter in the Nov. 28 Dispatch in which he designates Sen. Paul Koering's priorities as "property rights vs. ecosystem" and says they are "self-serving" and not necessarily popular in the northern part of his district.
Since when is it "self-serving" to believe that protecting a property owners' right to the use of his own land is secondary to protecting the ecosystem? A person's property is his single largest investment and he is not going to damage it. Property rights are one of the most important parts of our legal system and must be protected.
As for Sen. Koering's stand not being "popular," I hope Mr. Landers was listening to Mary Koep's program on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Guests Sen. Koering and John Reynolds were discussing this ATV bill. The numerous calls into the program were overwhelmingly in favor of Sen. Koering's position. Mrs. Koep finally had to stop taking calls so she could finish her planned interview before the end of the program.
Mr. Landers is chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission and, as such, should have an open mind concerning land use. Frankly, his statements in this letter do not look very open minded to me. The county board should remove him from this position and appoint someone who is truly open minded.
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