This letter is to whoever makes the decision to close school on cold days. I'm from Brainerd and went to school there. I remember having to go to school on many cold days. I saw school was canceled Thursday in Brainerd. Thank goodness. Now I live in West Bend, Wis., and on Wednesday the news kept talking about the cold and all the schools were closing for the next day. At first when I saw schools closing, I couldn't believe it. We had to go to school in the bitter cold but I realize how fast frostbite can set in.
More than just a check
I am penning this in a response to the Vox Pop in Thursday's paper. The person was complaining about schools deciding to close the day before. I'm happy our school district is being proactive and making these decisions ahead of time. It was not too long ago that Brainerd School District was recognized as "the school district that never closes." Well, I am now proud to say that my child goes to our schools and my child's well-being is being thought of more than just a check to collect.
I think it's absolutely absurd to have a $40,000 study to determine if the people who live on Gull Lake should have different taxes because some live in Crow Wing and some in Cass Counties. With the economy the way it is, why use tax money for this?
My opinion is that I just believe the school is doing a very good job at closing the schools with the cold weather. I think it's terrible to try and make the kids go out in the freezing weather.
Toilet paper dilemma
Is it just me or does anybody else seem to have trouble getting toilet paper out of some of the toilet paper dispensers around here? You have to be a contortionist or stand on your head to get the paper out. There are some places that aren't this way but most of them are. Hmmm, wonder who put it in?
Battery etiquette for cold weather
Being among the poor folk who don't have a warm house for my vehicle, I have a trickle charger, which in this Siberia weather, I keep it plugged in at all times. It is small and you can close the hood on it and the battery is always charged full. Even a good battery loses half of its charge in this cold so the electric is cheap considering.
Is there anyone out there that can explain to me how my great-grandkids are going to pay off all these bailout billions? The latest proposal, I believe, is like $3.75 million dollars per new employee their going to create. There's something crazy going on here.
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