In response to the letter stating that teachers do not work hard I must strongly disagree. My father taught for over 30 years at Franklin Junior High. Growing up I watched him bring home students' tests, papers and other homework in order to correct them. He went in early in the morning to get his daily lessons/assignments ready so he could spend his classroom time teaching. If it was as easy as opening up a book and giving the answers, teachers would not be needed. Teaching means showing how to find those answers/solutions. It's not just reading, writing and arithmetic!
Sure not all teachers put in 10-12 hours per day, but it takes dedication to do the job and stay with it. Teachers, now more than ever, also have to help raise other people's children as many parents have to work more just to make ends meet. Be thankful for those willing to take on the job!
Before anyone else makes such statements, please get a little educated as to what today's teachers are dealing with on a daily basis. Volunteer and spend time in the schools.
Dancing with businesses
In this economy, perhaps it's human nature to look over our partner's shoulder to find someone new on the ballroom floor. You know, someone a little more stylish. More flashy. More dreamy.
And they're always out there, those new businesses and industries. If we could only catch their eye, they might whirl us around the dance floor, ushering in hundreds of quality jobs and millions in tax-base.
Pure magic, to be sure, but that's seldom the way good economic development works. It's actually a marriage, an ever-deepening relationship based on commitment, compromise and communication.
In other words, we need to dance with the ones who brought us - those businesses that are the cornerstones of our current economy. Although the high-tech and green sectors show the promise of future growth (and federal stimulus), we also need to focus on keeping and strengthening what we have.
After all, business people know it's easier and less expensive to retain a customer than to find a new one.
As you may have heard, your Initiative Foundation is focusing on economic growth and recovery. We're working with our existing loan clients to make sure they have the best opportunity for success. We're allowing extended grace periods for repayment. We're providing planning and consulting services. And sure, we want to create new jobs, but not at the expense of the ones that are already here.
So, here's the million-dollar question: When was the last time our communities asked local businesses what we could do to help them survive and grow? And when was the last time we shopped locally, even though the experience wasn't quite as dreamy?
As the economic clock nears midnight, our collective answers to those questions may be the best indicator of when this recession will finally end.
Initiative Foundation President
Far-right extremists are writing
As I was reading Thursday's Open Forum, I was struck by the disrespectful and vilifying comments made by some of the Republican writers. As the party slides lower and lower in the public opinion polls, fewer and fewer people are willing to align themselves with the fringes and are no longer comfortable identifying themselves as Republicans. Several local writers demonstrated they truly do fit the mold of the far-right extremists. They seem to forget the results of the last eight-year crime spree of the Bush Administration as they broke international law by torturing and now claim it wasn't really torture because as some say they didn't die from it. Illegal wiretapping of U.S. citizens also broke laws. Their Justice Department showed its disdain for the Rule of Law as did many of the highest members of the Bush administration. The dishonesty displayed in the run-up to the Iraq war and the intentional effort to dishonestly link Saddam Hussein to Al Qaida and the claims of weapons of mass destruction once again showed their lack of integrity.
Now one Baxter writer claims President Obama is in a conspiracy to socialize oil with a foreign president because he shook hands and smiled at the same time. He then goes on to describe the president and first lady as two devils and follows it with we need to pray for this country as never before.After the Supreme Court appointment of Bush as the president many of us have been praying for this country. The Karl Rovian disregard for truth and ethics permeated the administration. Dick Cheney's disregarding the Rule of Law is still going on. How much longer can ethical and moral people continue to support breaking the Geneva Convention and claim torture is not illegal.
A man of honor and integrity
I feel utterly shocked and betrayed by the judgment of the Brainerd Dispatch; to broadcast my father's name and the method in which he went to be with his Lord is tasteless. Our close friends and relatives know he is a man of honor and integrity; he was just in pain and did not want to burden his family in the years to come. How dare you take the chance of strangers totally misjudging my father's character! My brother, Charles, will be placing a call to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department to express our family's thoughts and feelings about publicizing such an extremely confidential family matter.
(Representing the Langland family)
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