It's hard to believe that the Republicans have yet to apologize to Der
Schlickmiester for the terrible things that have happened to him over the past eight years. I, for one, am tired of waiting and would like to take this opportunity to tell the world that I am truly sorry for:
Bill not being able to fulfill his military obligation.
Bill having to live with those awful, vivid memories of nonexistent church burnings.
Bill having to take nonexistent airline flights to and from La Guardia.
Bill not being able to "have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
Bill having to lie under oath.
Bill having to lose his right to practice law.
Bill having to pay a fine for deceiving the courts.
Bill having to pay for half the stuff he stole from the White House.
Bill having to settle for that quarter million dollar suite in Harlem.
Bill having to pardon 40 drug dealers and tax evaders without any input from the justice department.
Bill having to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from those same drug dealers and tax evaders.
There is no doubt that the entire United States of America is very sorry as a result of Bill's eight years of debauchery.
This may not be the apology William Jefferson Clinton feels he deserves but it is a start and I really do feel better getting it off my chest. While I am sorry for these and many other things associated with the most corrupt president in the country's history, I am simultaneously, and yet at the same time, thankful that Bill has found Jesse Jackson, a man of the cloth with similar hands-on experience, to offer moral support and help guide Der Schlickmiester on the path of righteousness.
Stephen A. Busch
An open letter to the Brainerd City Council
Re: Brainerd Daily Dispatch article Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, headlined "Liaison role of city administrator questioned."
Council members Asplund and Nesheim are to be commended for their grasp of the role of City Administrator Dan Vogt and of their relationships with city employees. Council members who think they are "puppets of the city administrator" need to be educated as to the proper chain of command. Having council members/mayors deal directly with city employees not only causes tremendous morale problems, but also invades the area of responsibility that the city administrator was hired for in the first place. City employees faced with "bosses" coming at them from all sides will soon be looking for other employment. City administrators dealing with this type of situation will also soon look for greener pastures.
Newly elected council members need a crash-course in relationships with city administrators and employees, and the appropriate channels to use to accomplish whatever tasks they deem necessary. Some states provide educational forums for all newly elected public officials after each election, which helps prevent situations such as highlighted in the newspaper article. Individual council members do not directly approach employees with tasks to be accomplished -- only the city council, collectively, decides the direction of the city, and then tasks their city administrator to accomplish the job.
(A retired city manager)
Move those vehicles
Why does snow removal seem to be a problem here in Brainerd? We all live in Minnesota and know it's going to snow. The weather people tell us in advance. There should be no excuse for people not moving their vehicles when you know the city will be plowing. In the downtown area if it snows four inches or more they declare a snow emergency. They will ticket and tow vehicles. There should be no excuse for ignorance. The same should go for all snow emergency routes. They are there so if an ambulance or fire truck needs to get to an accident or house they have a clear way. in the residential districts people should know by now that after a snowfall the city plows north-south streets first and they plow the east-west streets the next day. It don't take much to figure this out. Most of the time they put it in the newspaper and on the radio. It's dangerous and harder for the people plowing snow to go around vehicles parked on the street. It also leaves a mess when they finally move their vehicles. I think the police should ticket more cars in the residential district. If they don't move in the allotted time they should get towed but we should have a ordinance that stands by the police giving tickets, the city council should not give back the cost of the ticket. Minneapolis and St Paul have a strict parking ordinance. I bet they don't go waiving the cost of parking tickets. My husband used to drive tow truck and some of the time it's the same people getting ticketed and towed, so use some common sense the next time it snows.
Take the time to think about parking, check the newspaper or radio. If you know of someone who might not know or understand a snow emergency take the time and tell them that they should move their vehicle before it gets plowed in.
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