The second annual meatout event will be at the Northland Arboretum on Friday at 5:30 p.m. This is your opportunity to sample healthy vegetarian foods and learn more about how you can make a difference for the environment, animals and your own health. For more information, please check out www.meatout.org or contact email@example.com.
Never too politically correct
Those of us who watched the opening ceremony in the state high school basketball tournament were inspired by the spirited rendition of our national anthem by a young woman from one of the participating schools. We hope that scene is never too politically incorrect at Minnesota sports events.
I'm wondering why something can't be done about parking in Brainerd. I live near Washington school. It's not bad enough the staff parks on the streets all day and that there are events during the evening tying up the parking but this year we have high school students parking there and walking to school. It makes it impossible for those who live in the area to park in front of or even near our own homes. Should we dare to have company during those hours they end up having to circle the block or park two or three blocks away.
Change lane markings
For those taking Northwest Fourth Street south of its intersection with Washington Street, keep in mind that the right lane is meant as a turn lane only. Look at the lane markings. This is an accident scene waiting to happen. Or, maybe the city could change the lane markings?
Balance of nature
Thank you for the current cat ordinance in Brainerd. It has upset the balance of nature. My yard is now over run with rabbits. I can't grow anything; plants are damaged and my yard is covered in rabbit fertilizer. Lack of rabbits and mice was never a problem.
Breezy Point police
I hope Breezy Point enjoys its reputation as having police who like to pull innocent people over for nothing and then harass them. I know many people who won't even go there for dinner anymore due to the high chance of getting pulled over for some imagined "crime," like not dimming headlights in time, or maybe having them not lined up properly, or, heaven forbid, going 2 mph over the limit, or whatever they can come up with. Then, you get a breathalyzer and are treated like a criminal on the side of the road when you maybe had a glass of wine with dinner. Fun evening.
Have some respect
Last Friday I went to Evergreen Memorial Gardens to visit my wife's grave. I was deeply offended by the vandalism that goes on in that cemetery. I've seen many cemeteries without fences and they're not defaced like Evergreen. Whoever is responsible probably won't read this but just in case, would you or your friends allow this if it was your parents' or grandparents' graves? Please have some respect for our deceased loved ones.
Would we rather?
This is in regard to an article in the March 22 paper, "Mall of America plans to double its size with state aid." I'm just a little bit curious on why the state and the taxpayers need to pay $1.78 billion to build a new complex and $181 million to build a parking ramp. Do we really need to be the largest mall in the nation? Or would we rather be the healthiest - physically and mentally - people in our state?
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words. To phone in a comment, call (218) 855-5888 and leave a message. To e-mail a comment, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments, which must meet the newspaper's standards of fairness and good taste, may be edited for clarity, length and libel. Responses to Open Forum letters will not be published in Vox Pop. Readers are encouraged to respond to Open Forum letters with an Open Forum.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.