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What are you thinking?
In regard to the school bond recount, what are you people thinking? The kids of this area need a new school. ... I'm a person who came from having newer schools built in my lifetime and believe me, it makes a world of difference. ...
I would just like to make a comment on snow plowing now that winter is upon us, and having to do the daily drive back and forth from Crosslake. The road from Merrifield to Brainerd -- the maintenance on there is just atrocious. It's almost dangerous and not acceptable. ... It's a dangerous road. It needs attention.
Scheeler has sense
It seems that the only (Brainerd City Council) member who has any sense was (Gary) Scheeler, who decided that it was a better idea to put that (school) bond referendum on hold until we see what develops here.
In response to a Vox Pop comment: It's sad that you're gloating over the fact that Potlatch employees are in the same boat as you are. Why didn't you move out of the area and find yourself a better job with better benefits? As for them being chosen, 22 years ago, my spouse, for several months, drove 40 miles three times a week to the unemployment office to see if Potlatch was hiring only to be told no. We sat by the phone for months in case a call came for an interview. No, my spouse was not chosen. Through diligence and prayer, he earned that job and unlike you, we have no intentions of spending our time feeling sorry for ourselves.
Already in the real world
How sad is it to wish such things upon other people? If you intended to say such things to people who supposedly were or are your friends, grow up and say it to them. Don't hide behind a comment in a newspaper. I hardly consider life at the paper mill the life of the rich and famous. Maybe you should think about the fact that anyone who has a family and works there has sacrificed a lot of family time with shift work. If you have school-aged children and are on the 3-11 p.m. shift, how much do you get to see your kids? Very little. So think about this before welcoming them to the real world. I think they are already there.
Snow dumping area
There is a large run-off pit where the city of Brainerd dumps snow. It is behind the many apartment buildings on College Drive and adjacent to the Valley View and Timber Ridge townhouses where families with small children live. In the winter this is no problem. In the summer there is a great pool of melted snow and when it rains this pit fills with water. Seeing Brainerd street machinery dumping snow, I assume this property belongs to the city. Why isn't it fenced? Brainerd city officials, can you look into this? Water is a great attraction to the young.
Scratch off tickets
I won a jacket from the Minnesota State Lottery in a non-winning ticket promotion. The jacket was made in Pakistan. This got me thinking about other possible lottery promotions. ... Next time, forget the imported jacket and give the proceeds of my scratch off ticket to the unemployment funds of Minnesota.
In regard to the recent Potlatch closing, my heart goes out to those that will no longer have employment. Hopefully this will not impact the community as much as everyone is saying. Too bad that the recent school bond issue wasn't voted on after the news of the closing of Potlatch. I'll bet the results would be different. Although the issue narrowly passed, the majority of the precincts were not in favor of the bond issue. The main precinct that carried the yes vote was the Baxter area. Maybe they and those who really want this new school can pay more.
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