The Vox Pop writer who accused Sen. Paul Koering of making a racist allegation is stretching it. True, Brainerd has always had crime, but as a city grows so does crime. It's just a fact of life. The meth problem in the area has caused even more growth in crime. Koering was just stating the facts; the robbers' race had nothing to do with what he said. The writer tried to link Koering's statement with the fact that the robbers were black and make it sound racist. He failed. This unwarranted attack exemplifies the desperation of out-of-power liberals.
Both to blame
Both the Dispatch and Koering are at fault for recent stereotypical statements in the paper. The Dispatch didn't need to mention that the suspects were black. Would they have said, "two white men?" Probably not. When Koering made the statements about crime and growing communities, he knew full well the race of the suspects. His statements then were made in this context and are troubling. No one is getting off the hook here. Both the Dispatch and Koering are to blame.
The only solution that ever surfaces for the school district's budget deficit is to cut teachers. Never have they asked the superintendent and all the principals and their assistants to take a cut in pay. Are they untouchable? Why is there a need for assistants to the principal? Tell us what the assistants do that the principals cannot handle themselves. My idea is feasible therefore would never be considered.
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