Tuesday (April 14) a group went down to appear at the Legislature to lobby for the veterans nursing home that is being considered for the Brainerd State Hospital which has been pretty much closed and could be slated for destruction. Sen. Koering was very supportive and former Sen. Samuelson and many others have worked very hard and made a very good presentation. Reichert Bus Company provided the bus and Joe Klein drove.The VFW packed sandwiches and Mayor Wallin participated in the presentation. There are five other communities vying for funds for veterans nursing homes and clinics at this time. These other communities had visible support of their county commissioners. Some had raised $1 million to $2 million in private money from area organizations and had hired or received pro bono help from professional architects. We were well received but support from our county commissioners and our greater communities were mostly noticeable from their absence. The trip down was well worth the trip and was an educational experience.
JESSE NIX is an associate chair of the Crow Wing County DFL.
Emotions over nuclear power
Over the years I have been at odds with most of the Democratic leaders who tend to react to emotions rather than logic and scientific facts. I am conservative and have a strong engineering background. I like to make my decisions based on scientific facts not seat of the pants emotions. In the past year I have had the unusual experience of agreeing, most times, with a former prominent Democratic leader in Crow Wing County. We both agree that nuclear power for electrical generation is head and shoulders above any other known source for energy generation. That gentleman is Rolf Westgard who often writes articles in the Brainerd Dispatch and Country Echo.
Our federal government should be getting fully behind nuclear power and begin a massive construction of new nuclear power plantsperhaps 10 new power plants each year for the next 20 years. As new plants are operational our government could auction the plant to private power companies. We should re-open the Yucca storage facility in Nevada. If necessary send tanks to run over Harry Reid. He simply should not be able to stop our efforts to become energy independent based on his simple minded emotions.
We have Washington, D.C. turkeys talk about taxing carbon dioxide emissions. Three nuclear power plants to replace three coal fired plants in Minnesota would reduce the carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to that produced by all the cars and trucks operating in Minnesota. Most of the emotional people who oppose nuclear power plants are probably the same people who ran for a cave when our calender turned to the year 2000 (Y2K).
In over 40 years of nuclear power plants not a single person has ever been injured by nuclear power. It the safest industry in the U.S.
Crow Wing County
School breakfasts could be cut
When we try to limit government spending on our schools many will start to weep and pout saying the poor children will suffer and they delight to put us on a horrible guilt trip. Nobody wants to lower the quality of our schools as they are at the bottom already.We should be talking on how to improve them in spite of the politicians and unions. More money must go directly into classroom and rewarding good teachers. There are many ways to cut the spending and save the money directly for education. Some of these are sacred cows but the sacred cows should go before the quality of education. Legislators find it easy to come up with all sorts of fancy ideas but we are stuck paying the bill. There are many examples. For instance, what about the school breakfast and lunch program? Young people in this country are not likely to suffer from malnutrition but they are more likely to be sitting in place while the rest of the world passes them by. Where are our priorities? A breakfast at home with a brown bag lunch wouldn't be all that bad. Let's elect legislators that are responsible to the people (and the children) and put smart kids ahead of fat tummies. Long live the tea parties and let us think about who we are electing, please!
James R. Brown, M.D.
Thoughts on the Tea Party
This is in response to a recent letter titled "All paid for by taxes." I don't recall seeing or hearing from you at the Tea Party the other evening. Maybe that's why you're misinformed. It was open to any American who is concerned about our country. From your letter it sounds like you believe that it's only Republicans who care, but I'm certain there are independents and even Democrats who fall under this category as well. As for taxes, I don't remember hearing anyone say that they were against paying taxes but only that they were concerned about how much and for what, but since you say that you are honored to help those in need with your tax dollars, maybe you'd like to start paying some of mine especially those tax dollars that are going for programs that I don't believe in. And if you're around in the future, when hard working Americans find their taxes going up even more, you could help them out, too. You mentioned ways our tax dollars are spent but these are just the tip of the iceberg. I do realize, however, that when you are limited to 300 words it would be impossible to list them all or the ones that we are actually concerned about. Incidentally, there were other issues of concern that were voiced and you don't have to be a Republican to understand them.
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