I am taking the present incident to express my concern for the many employees of the Potlatch Brainerd Mill (known to me as the NW Paper Mill) who were laid off on March 18, 2002. I received this information from The Dispatch's page on the Internet and know the importance of that plant to the financial livelihood of the Brainerd area residents. I have always kept up with the major events of Brainerd since it was my home for 18 years and my family's since my grandfather came from Germany in the late 1800s.
Although I have lived here in the nation's capital for 32 years, when I say that I am going home, my friends here always know that I mean Minnesota. I soon will be retiring and returning to Minnesota. It is with much understanding and respect that I inform you of my heartfelt regards as you all face the new challenges before you. My best wishes to each of you.
Marilyn J. Koering, Ph.D.
George Washington University
Love's not enough
I salute those people who marched for the troops in the current war on terrorism. The peace march in Brainerd irritates me and reminds me of Jane Fonda going to Vietnam and undermining our troop morale while they were suffering without comforts and fighting a war they did not want.
Love is great, no doubt about it, but it is not the answer to terrorism. Ask the folks in the World Trade Center.
Would you have love destroy all the major cities and services in the U.S.A.? Would you have love destroy your job and the future of your children and grandchildren? Would you have love undermine the military forces of the U.S.A., who fight to give you the freedom to protest?
Would you have love destroy your friends, neighbors and relatives?
I am, at present, reading the Koran and it does not support terrorism.
So if you really want love to rule the world (it would be ideal, but will not happen until the Second Coming), then go to the nearest airport and take a plane to Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran or a lot of other places and stay there until love conquers all. Take a lot of clean underwear and your toothbrush, and don't come back.
Love is great but it does not protect the U.S.A.
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, and we'll all stay free.
Otis W. Lael
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