He who ignores history is destined to repeat it. How far we have strayed from what our forefathers envisioned this country to be in the future. Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence are constantly being mocked and freedom of speech and religion endangered. Sen. Chuck Schumer seems to think our traditional values are outdated and of no great importance. Big government is not the answer, for what they touch becomes fraught with waste and fraud. A huge lumbering and unwieldy machine which runs over the individual. Over the years, the words progressive and socialism have reared their ugly heads enticing people to believe their propaganda like that of a spider inviting a fly into its web. Tax the rich, distribute the wealth is their theme which in the end destroys all incentive to work. Why work harder when those who refuse to lift a finger will receive the same rewards as those who are industrious. This is socialism and it has never been successful. How ironic that a number of members of Congress including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are so proud of being progressive. Yet, for the most part these members of government seem to be above the fray and only the citizens will suffer. To add to this, we now have the union leaders demanding to have the Free Choice Act passed which is certainly a misnomer, for the unions will force businesses to become unionized and the liberty of a secret ballot by employees will be destroyed. Will this idea spread to our rights as citizens to cast a secret ballot during an election? You had better listen a little louder and speak up or we will no longer live in the land of the free and the home of the brave! Or don't you care?
Obama is a disgrace
President Obama is a disgrace to the White House. President George Bush was pro-life. This black family man - Obama got there because of civil rights! Where is the right to life for the innocent?
Take Dispatch off the Internet
I hate to think of the day when I read the Dispatch that this paper will tell me this is the last paper you will get. We are closer to this as more and more papers are going bankrupt. I would hope that you will take the Dispatch off the Internet forcing more people to subscribe and keep our paper from becoming a memory of the past.
June L. Deblon
Blow them out of the water
In the April 9 Brainerd Dispatch Page 5A Taliban using U.S. Firms to host Internet sites, a Texas company The Planet. American firms and probably half of the politicians will do any thing for a dollar.
Again, Dispatch front page, Drama on the high seas. What's wrong here? The U.S. has USS destroyer and half a dozen warships headed for the area. What area? Oh, yes, Somalia coast lines. Closest ship at the time was 345 miles away. Answer: Have an aircraft carrier with machine guns and blow the pirates out of the water. One hundred and eleven attacks in 2008 and $80 million in ransom dollars last year. An American flag ship and an American captain kidnapped - what is this? Declare war! Five ships and this one last week. Boy, these pirates sure have bamboozled the world. It didn't deter the U.S. in Pearl Harbor with the Jap zeroes. Come on, U.S. and other nations, if you can't catch their paddle boats on the high seas, take it to their mainland.
Now April 13 Dispatch front page - the U.S. Navy did well. We've been threatened. Now follow up!
'Frivolous suit' claim disputed
In response to the former St. Paul Insurance claim manager's April 14 letter, many area doctors are my close friends. For over four years, I was an attorney at a firm often hired by St. Paul to defend malpractice lawsuits. Minnesota has outstanding doctors, and malpractice rarely occurs. A medical mistake, even with disastrous consequences, does necessarily constitute malpractice. Sometimes, lawyers do mis-analyze situations and start lawsuits that should be dismissed. Having said this, I still disagree with the claim manager's assertions.
If malpractice insurance premiums are too high, the culprit isn't too many frivolous lawsuits. In Minnesota, a malpractice lawsuit can't even be maintained unless the plaintiff secures an affidavit from a qualified doctor, detailing how malpractice occurred, and how it injured the plaintiff. Then, the plaintiff still has to prove the case, and the burden of proof is onerous. High premiums are more likely due to companies like St. Paul over-charging the doctors (evidenced by the substantial profits they realize by writing the coverage).
There is no evidence that putting caps on malpractice awards would result in lower premiums. Rather, it would prevent adequate compensation for the unlucky few who suffer truly catastrophic injuries, even in cases of clear malpractice.
When malpractice causing injury occurs, a legitimate claim exists. The writer's assertion that in such cases, not even a cold hearted claim manager would deny a fair payment to an injured party, is laughable.
Finally, his resort to inflammatory rhetoric (greedy lawyers), calls to question his reasoning and motive. Rudeness is a weak advocate's substitution for logic.
Tired of Coleman's campaign
This Norm Coleman election thing is getting sickening! He keeps saying our system is flawed. It's flawed because he lost the election! Had he won by a few votes nothing would be said! Also, had Coleman won, how many Republican backs would he have to scratch? The monies Coleman and his attorneys are spending for this recount is costing the state and Republican party millions! This money could have been spent for far more important things, namely helping the poor and needy in Minnesota!
A side note, Coleman said if defeated, he would like to run for governor! I was wondering for which state?
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