Aristotle (384-322 BC), a mentor to Alexander the Great, and who studied with Plato, who in turn was a student of Socrates, reasoned from facts that he could test.
Some of his conclusions, were:
1. Democracy is usually the result of a revolution against plutocracy.
2. Love of gain in the ruling classes tends to constantly diminish their number.
3. Because people are so easily misled, and are so fickle in their views, the ballot should be limited to the intelligent.
Empirical Data: - is information that upon testing and
re-testing remains consistently factual. Though not yet conclusive, Aristotle's findings lean heavily towards being such data. Another finding that continues to be tested and verified is that there can be no commerce without a market, and a market consists of the interdependent qualities of need, money and hope.
To become a rational liberal one must become conversant with a broad range of knowledge, including science, thought (religious and secular), nature, and industry, - of the past, the present and the possible. A level of knowledge, that can be gleaned from the quality of education, that I wish for everyone.
Then always remember, those who do not understand history force all to revisit it, but it is not their fault, for they do not know better. When you reach the level of the rational liberal then all things, may be of enough interest, to spark further study, rather then becoming items of frivolous humor or hate.
Dennis G. Gordon
I'd like to say "thanks" to Glow Bechard and Amy Carlson for their letter in the Open Forum. Says it just like it is. There are Help Wanted signs all over Brainerd.
I don't have a driver's license either, but Dial-A-Ride takes me to work for 75 cents, one way. What a bargain! And whatever happened to able bodied people walking to work? It's the best exercise you can get!
And many parents I know work different shifts to save the cost of day care, and to raise their own children!
Think about it!
Even federal government advocates no financial responsibility to citizens for anything received but not requested. What makes Brainerd place themselves above federal authorities?
Per city administrator's correspondence city sewer and water will cost each annexed resident $100 per frontage foot with payments either via lump sum or added to property tax over a 10-year period at 6-7 percent interest. "Now isn't that big of them? However, perhaps they did not count on us being aware of Minnesota Statutes 429.021 and 429.051 which limits any assessment not to exceed proven increase in market value of property directly derived from assessments. We all have coded working systems so it would be impossible for them to justify costs proposed.
I'm widowed and retired with fixed income. I cannot afford to pay council's way with respect to sewer and water that's not needed. When road was tarred my hedges were torn out and I was told that area belonged to city as road right-of-way over which I had absolutely no control. Go ahead, install your lines but I won't pay for what you choose to put on your property.
You council persons were elected into respective positions to do what is in the citizen's best interest rather than what we can do for you. You won't be elected again -- that's a fact. One more fact: Gov. Ventura and Mike Hatch are being consulted regarding Brainerd's undemocratic actions.
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