On the front page of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Sunday, Feb. 18, was a photo by Steve Kohls labeled, "Tunnel Work." The headline should have read: "Tunnel work, Potential Death Trap!" Just because we haven't had a lot of snow the last couple of years, doesn't mean that we should have a short-term memory. Snow caves and snow tunnels are prone to collapsing and somebody caught under a collapsed roof or caved in portion could suffocate before help could arrive. For the newspaper to say this is a "cool, fun thing to do" is not responsible journalism for the safety of our young people. This same picture, only a smaller version, with the above title should be published on the front page of your newspaper to at least let the young people know that people have died from snow caves/tunnels and will continue to do so in the future.
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Newspaper articles and reports across the state reflect an educational funding crisis.
The reason education needs your support now, more than ever, is because there is more to teach and we are asked to teach it better to more students (less dropouts). Reducing the educational strength of our state is easy. That is why Ventura will do it and that also makes him look good in the eyes of the taxpayer. The effect of educational apathy, increasing class size, more pressure to perform, the teacher shortage and a huge lack of up-front support will take many years to beget rotten fruit. Ventura and many legislators will be long gone before the total effect of the Carlson and Ventura administrations' policies will be felt. For 29 years of teaching, politicians have been grousing over education and the morale in the classroom has been falling, as has their support. It seems about to fall over the edge. Many students and teachers have been driven away already.
Where is Ventura's promise to reduce class size so students have a better chance for attention to their individual difficulties? Why is it so hard for Ventura to listen? He goes into a defensive tirade whenever someone faces up to him with real common sense. Making a state's government run is not easy. It takes a fulltime commitment, volumes of understanding and an ability to listen and make informed decisions.
The reason for the state's huge surplus is the eroded support for education, transportation, public facilities, health and the welfare of our people over the last ten years. Obviously, if a trash talking, tax cutting, simpleminded act like Ventura's can get a 70% approval rating, Minnesota is in a world of hurt.
Please help reverse the trend. Comment positively to people in education!
If the current surplus cannot be used to help alleviate some of the problem, at least support a common-sense increase in educational funding for the next budget.
First of all, I have nothing bad to say about Indians for taking advantage of the opportunities they have been given in relation to casino gambling in this state.
But I would like to know how it is possible that in this great state of ours, our government discriminates against every person of white, black or yellow race by allowing only Indian people to participate in the highly profitable business of casino gambling. Why hasn't the NAACP filed a discrimination suit against the government? Come on, black people. Don't you deserve an equal chance to make money? Also, why aren't there any class action lawsuits to end this unfair discrimination on behalf of white or yellow business owners? Discrimination apparently is legal if it is our government. Why are the rest of us second class citizens?
The state is considering allowing other races to finally participate in casino gambling. It seems a no-brainer to me. People are people. We all deserve equal right, protection, and equal opportunity under the law. Have our representatives "sold our equality" to the political pac committees funded by casinos? It is time we are no longer separated by race. This discrimination is an abomination.
Some parties say they oppose the spread of gambling in this state. That is a joke. Gambling is already everywhere in Minnesota. How can allowing other races to participate equally cause more harm? Competition would be good for the tourist industry. The tax monies would be good for the state, which right now receives very little from Indian owned casinos, however, state taxpayers do pay for the problems caused by gambling. Also more profits of gambling would be invested in the state by small operators. The state should not own casinos. But, private enterprise, with all races able to participate, is only right.
Jesse Ventura appears to lack understanding, of either human needs, or the economy, to the extent that fewer considered him a legitimate commentator, let alone governor.
He seems to not understand, that our school system needs proper financing to stay public. Or to understand the need to expand in its basic study areas. Or that accelerated classes need to be made available for students who have above average capabilities. Students who would stagnate when held back, and set in study areas already known and understand.
Many parts of our state roads are 40 years behind their original construction schedule. And yes, we need the planned light rail and more, and we need airport expansion, with international flights to be scheduled out of an expanded Rochester airport.
More dependence on any sales tax is wrong, as that tax saps the income of those whose total income already goes for necessities. It is the most regressive of all forms of taxation. And just to keep what we have, in sales taxes, will become a growing penalty on local none-Internet businesses.
And, he wants income taxes cut, rebates of paid in taxes, and those sales taxes extended, if we are lucky, he will resign and return to his other intemperate pursuits.
Dennis G. Gordon
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