I have many fond memories of BHS 10th grade girls' "Glee Club" choir and two years of a cappella choir. Prior to that, I had fifth-sixth grade choir and three years of junior high school choir. I still enjoy music today and have used it in many areas of my life. Our family members have all been involved in school music programs. How tragic that band and choir directors are also going to be cut back. Turn on the radio, buy a CD, or watch any television program that has music (even news programs come with a soundtrack), and think of the enrichment the school music programs provide to young musicians.
A musician doesn't wake up on the day of high school graduation and decide to play an instrument or sing - such talents are coached and honed through the years. Musicians, like athletes, begin practicing at a young age. Let's not deny a musician the opportunity to use his or her gifts to enhance their education, their future careers, or even our future enjoyment.
Setting the record straight
Let the facts be known in reference to the man with a rubber rifle in Pillager. At 10:20 a.m. the first call came in to the Cass County Sheriff's Office and Cass County deputies were called to respond. At 10:40 a.m. the Pillager Police chief was called at home. Eleven minutes later the incident was over. All times are recorded and documented at the sheriff's office.
In reference to the Vox Pop writer who thinks this person should be charged with terroristic threats, I understand the concerns. However, the Minnesota state statute states a person must threaten or intend to cause terror. The key word is intend. As of today, no one has reported they were personally threatened. If people have questions, I would be happy to answer them. I guess the Vox Pop writer is "on their own" as far as the facts go.
Chief of police
City attorney isn't thorough
On March 10, Brainerd's City Attorney Tom Fitzpatrick, was provided access to two separate pieces of information that stated the city charter addressed the residency requirements of the city's library board members.
One was provided by Alderman Olson in the form of a memo and the other was an Open Forum this newspaper printed.
On March 13, Fitzpatrick submitted written opinion stating: "The charter makes no reference to the residency of library board members." Additionally, in the same memo, Fitzpatrick cited Chapter 2, Section 8 of Brainerd's Charter related to term lengths and he would've had only to read through two more sentences to locate the residency requirement stated in Section 9 of Chapter 2.
Fitzpatrick stated "the item was buried and in his zeal to conclude the issue he overlooked it." It appears Fitzpatrick wasn't very thorough and even negligent in his attempts of locating the item.
The Fitzpatrick law firm receives approximately $90,000 per year from the city and it appears he's overpaid after review of his lack of effectiveness on this issue.
The city attorney is required to attend two council meetings per month and provide the council with professional legal opinion according to the city charter.
It is obvious Fitzpatrick is unable to provide professional legal opinion regarding a relatively simple matter.
He made excuses for his inabilities and chose the path of least resistance by recommending a state attorney general opinion to clear up any confusion.
It is unfortunate that when Fitzpatrick is provided with facts from others, he ignores their data.
Wouldn't most people be disappointed after receiving legal advice of such poor caliber after paying so much?
There's something wrong here. The city council should challenge Fitzpatrick - instead of the majority of the members covering for him when he displays such ineptness.
Education and accountability
As I read the Open Forum of March 27 (4A) of the Dispatch, it seems he is more concerned about "personal gain" for families in sports.
Sports used to be extracurricular. Music and physical education were state-mandated.
Let's talk education.
Financial - The stock market is bad. The federal government is bad. Brainerd is bad.
Foreclosures - Brainerd Dispatch is loaded. Companies and small business, down the tube. These people (out of a job) have to take care of their family (ie.) home, food clothes. More taxes is all they don't need. Hence the failed referendum.
And people are still upset about the Forestview school. Let those that voted for it pay for it.
The no voters smell the coffee. You may as well join them. We need accountability.
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