To the residents of Baxter:
Baxter is setting hearings again for projects that people do not want.
People went to the open houses of Baxter and saw the pretty pictures of the way their streets would look with new water, sewer, and street upgrades.
Beautiful! But at what cost? A new driveway? That new room for the new baby? Maybe that new boat. Forget it! You're all being duped into thinking you're going to enjoy anything but paying assessments for twelve years out of your lives.
Do you want to continue to keep getting assessed because cities are too lazy to incorporate a budget for these projects? Taxpayers pay into the city for these types of projects in the form of property taxes hoping a budget will be met to offset the costs. How long can businesses be given breaks at our expense? A contractor hopes to make a profit at our expense with a housing complex on Clearwater Road. I think at least one half of the water, sewer, and street projects should be taken up in his housing costs. Better yet, is there a lawyer willing to take on the State of Minnesota to rid the laws of State Statute 429 instead of giving cities "Carte Blanch" with taxpayers' money? How about a lawyer willing to sue a city to get a budget for these types of projects?
This is your city, people. Speak against this happening to you. Gary Muehlhausen had this happen to him once. I guess he feels better if it happens to everyone at least once. Be set to pay between $15-70 thousand dollars, people. Please speak up this spring at some of the hearings.
Give 'em a break
I couldn't believe when I heard the news, that the city council voted to make the Brainerd Lakes BMX move from their brand new location. It is located just north of the Peterson Gardens by the State Hospital. The reason I find it hard to believe is that just three years ago the city council decided that the BMX track had to move from Memorial Park where they had been located for years.
For those of you who don't know, Brainerd Lakes BMX is a non-profit organization. It is sanctioned by the ABA (American Bicycle Association) as are the hundreds of other tracks around the United States. Our track here in Brainerd is considered to be one of the top tracks in the United States. Racers from as far as Texas and California came to our area to race in the Grand Nationals that were held here last summer. Hosting a Grand National is an honor that is achieved by having a facility that is top notch. It brought in over 1200 participants over the weekend that it was held. Over $100,000 was put into making this new track.
Starting May 5, the track will attract over 170 riders ranging in ages 3 to 45 and older.
Can't the city council give these guys a break? I can't help but feel that the BMX racers are being discriminated against by people who don't even know what it means to the kids of this area who aren't able to travel to tracks located far away. Why not let the Brainerd Lakes BMX travel to tracks located far away. Why not let the Brainerd Lakes BMX purchase the land it is on, or even donate it to them as a kind gesture to the kids who love to race?
What's next? Will they be lotting off Bane Park or Gregory Park?
and daughter Amanda Nord
Scant news coverage
On my return to Minnesota I was disappointed to find scant coverage of the truly massive anti-war protest that took place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 20.. Well over 100,000 marched through the streets of the nation's capital to demand an end to the "War on Terrorism", no war against Iraq, a halt to U.S. funding of the illegal and brutal Israeli attacks on Palestinians and occupation of their lands, repeal of the blatantly unconstitutional "USA Patriot Act" and reduction of the military budget with funds redirected to human needs, healthcare and education in our country.
Another 35,000 protested in San Francisco. Demonstrators from Boston to Tucson and points in between, including 100 in Duluth and 50 in Brainerd stood up for peace. Concurrent demonstrations took place in London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chili, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, Lebanon and other countries.
The theory in an open democratic society is that the free flow of information will allow a well informed public to make decisions on important topics. There is no more important decision to be made than the choice between war and peace. When a large segment of the national and world populations stands up to cry out for peace, the media, including The Dispatch, should make sure this news is reported to the public.
In the automotive section of the April 25th Dispatch, it was reported that Wal-Mart is planning to sell used cars at some of its stores. Already, their super-centers and those of other major retailers include banks, hair salons, grocery departments, gas stations, and in at least one instance, a police station.
Make no doubt about it, whatever your business is, a super-retailer wants to make it theirs. Feel safe as a teacher, lawyer, or bar owner? No worries as an antique dealer, doctor, or building contractor? My guess is that a super-center planner has already thought of a way to absorb your business. All that's needed is time and an unsuspecting populace in order to carry out the plan.
If this doesn't sound like your vision for the future, become informed and make your voice heard. Call the Coalition for Responsible Development at 825-7030 to learn more.
Anne Nelson Fisher
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