I may not have had a date to my senior prom in 1962, but I certainly did on Sunday when I escorted my 91-year old mother to the Brainerd High School "Senior" Prom. What a delightful afternoon of wonderful music by the CLC Jazz Band, BHS Windfall and BHS Jazz Band. But the highlight was watching 16- and 17-year-olds dancing with the senior citizens - learning the two-step from those who have been dancing it for 70 years. This event is just another example of the great kids we have in our community. Thanks to them, and their teachers, for a wonderful time....and we didn't even have to worry about a curfew!
Sharon L. Carlson
Stop the insanity now
Two things really bother me more than other daily trash we interpret as reading material. One is speed talk advertising like a bunch of monkeys screeching at each other. (I would never buy any of their products). The other is people who can't see beyond the end of their nose and think greed is their God. People who lie and cheat for their own purpose and the hell with others.
We elect kindergarten graduates to represent the general public on our school board and county commissioners. We expect them to conduct themselves as employees of the majority people in their district, not just line their pockets with perks and per diems as many do.
This $23 million in school bonding to fund Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) was voted on by the Legislature May of 2008 and was not disclosed to the public until Aug. 19, 2008, in a Brainerd Dispatch article (Crosby-Ironton School Board Levy May Be Open). Now the Brainerd School District wants to tax you without citizen involvement or participation in a referendum for 13 years.
Another of people's rights taken from them, Rep. John Ward doesn't care as long as he gets his wages, gas mileage and his per diems. Never mind that we are in the worst recession since the 1930s, pay no attention to the millions out of work, the lines at food banks, the millions that lost their homes, families sleeping in cars, families being murdered by the husband or wife who can't find work to support them! Let's give big raises to all school and government official. Several retirees told me they are getting more money now than when they were working. (Stop this insanity now!)
Spreading virus is a futile act
A few weeks ago my 17-year-old grandson found out that his laptop was infected with some virus that gave him no option but to wipe it clean and start over. In the process he lost all of his schoolwork and many other things that were precious to him. Yes, he did talk online on Facebook to some friends, and no, he didn't notice his virus protection had expired. For that he is guilty. But let's get around that for a second and talk about the person who manufactured and spread this virus.
For almost everything that happens there is a reason, good or bad. To those without a conscience, you rob a store and just maybe you get some free money. You beat up your enemy, and you get some free revenge. To those with a conscience, you invent a usable product that we all can use and you get rich. You write a great book and you get noticed and maybe rewarded.
But what does the person who sent this virus out into the computer world accomplish except to make life miserable for millions of people? Surely no one wants your services, or is willing to pay you for them. You don't even have the privilege of telling anyone what you have accomplished. How can there possibly be any self-satisfaction in doing what you did? Is your life that miserable that to be happy you need to make others miserable too?
Get some help, buddy. Use those skills for something useful to make your mark in the cyber world. Then you might get some compensation or recognition, and you won't have to worry about someday getting caught - and then you're going to be even more miserable.
Saturday morning in Aitkin
Every April our rural co-op (Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative in Aitkin) gathers at the high school. Folks in town get their electric from public utilities so aren't invited. The snow has melted, and lake ice is leaving. Time to come out of the woods and travel muddy roads for free breakfast. We'll reelect the co-op directors, sign up for drawings, maybe win. Agencies and charities put on a health fair - looking after the elders.
To warm up the auditorium - and keep the crowd - we have music. The band called The Johnson Chix knows all the old time favorites. Some of the snowbirds are back, but not all of them.
No surprises at the meeting - same directors - same explanations. Prices of electric power have risen - government will interfere some more. Mostly coal makes our electricity; we're buying wind power by law. Coal is getting cleaner. Carbon cap-and-trade is bad for this region. But in North Dakota where our power starts at a mine mouth, engineers may find a way to take the carbon dioxide and pump up oil. We see some slick videos and hear two Twin Cities speakers, before going home with a new light bulb, spruce seedling, pound of butter.
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