The Brainerd City Council is proposing a new ordinance regarding boarding up unoccupied businesses and residential buildings in Brainerd. They are proposing to hire contractors to perform this work but the city doesn't have the proper equipment, causing more expense to the taxpayers. The fire department has proper equipment for this purpose, ladders, lift trucks, etc. Perhaps they could also perform the duties of boarding up these places. Boarding up these places will be a real eyesore for Brainerd.
City Engineer Jeff Hulsether said the ordinance, if passed, would allow the city to secure vacant buildings in order to discourage trespassing and vandalism while ownership issues are resolved.
Regarding shortened classes at Crosby-Ironton High School, I find it disrespectful that parents and local business owners weren't even asked for their input on this decision.
Thanks for honesty
Thank you to the honest person who returned my purse to Cub Foods in northeast Brainerd. Many thanks.
Take care of American children
Many of the state's public schools are cutting back (because of) money shortfalls. Why can't we forego a stadium for the Twins and Vikings and allocate this money to the school districts? Also, the money that is spent by the presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrats, on campaigning? What if half of that money would be used for public schools? Let's get back to the 3 Rs. Let's take care of the American children first.
Where are the authorities?
I can't believe it. I just returned a book to the Brainerd library. The parking lot and entry way was filled with kids from the Brainerd High School. Most of them right outside the main door smoking. Isn't the law 18 to smoke? I am a non-smoker and the ladies in front of me had very small babies and children trying get in the door through a cloud of smoke. Everyone is so worried about the adults smoking in bars. Where are the authorities that should be there writing out tickets to these underage smokers?
(The Dispatch would be happy to print book reviews by these young bookworms who remain a constant source of concern. Police were called to the library just this week because of young smokers in front of the building.)
Against the law?
Hard to believe the mother who wants the Baxter taxpayers to finance putting in sidewalks so her children can ride their bikes in front of their home. There is a new trail by Clearwater Road or would that take too much effort on her part? Isn't riding your bike on the sidewalk against the law?
No more divisiveness needed
Having attended the superintendent listening session and hearing each of the four candidates speak, I believe the best two candidates were the two in-house candidates. I can't believe the board is considering the gentleman from Waconia who self-admittedly is a very divisive individual and the last thing Brainerd Public Schools needs is any more divisiveness in the face of the huge hurdles we need to attack in the upcoming years.
Thank God for the driving forces behind the Freedom to Breathe Act. Seeing the picture of the young men smoking on the front page recently was totally disgusting and sickening. If they only knew the harm they are doing to their bodies. Lung cancer is so vicious and usually fatal. A hard lesson learned too late.
People opposed to all-day everyday kindergarten must not be aware that both the state and federal education departments recommend this program because it lowers cost for remedial education in elementary and middle school. All-day everyday kindergarten saves money. It is a good investment.
In Sunday's paper someone wrote in "It's the law," about following trailers should have lights. What about the last two snowstorms we've had? What about the people who don't turn their headlights on? In the last two storms, I bet I counted at least every third car didn't have their lights on. Isn't this the law also? What about the people with the disabled signs hanging? It says right on there "Remove when driving down the road." How many do that? Do the police even pay attention to these? No. Why not worry about things like that?
Why are we paying $3,115 a month minimum rent for the Franklin School space that was totally unusable for any kind of young people's education due to its total, complete lack of safety? Is somebody getting paid under the table or are those of us who graduated from local schools and went on to college just that stupid? Somebody please explain this one.
(The school district in turn rents this space out for $4,300 a month. Artspace owns the building and the school district leases the auditorium and gym and rents these facilities to community groups, making a tidy little profit in the process.)
A school that cares
You decided to cut the classes that prepared me for my future - marketing. I decided to go to CLC to get them. Now you want me to come back to the high school so you can get state funds. Now I say no. I'll stay at a school that cares about all students.
Open your ears
Why does the school board talk so vehemently about the fact that the final decisions are theirs to make? Why are they so cautious about what the public is included in and how the public expresses their opinion? Isn't the public who they were voted in by to represent? Open your ears to everyone. Not just those who agree with you.
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