The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 255 will be offering poppies once again on May 14. Every day our military personnel are in harm's way, today our men and women are still fighting for freedom in Iraq. We must continue to work to help those who have served and are serving today for the freedom we enjoy. The present day armed forces personnel are tomorrow's veterans. Although the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the bright, red poppy as their memorial flower following World War 1, the events and struggles in world peace are still staggering and the poppy remains a symbol of those who have made, and are making, today, the supreme sacrifice.
When you see our volunteers standing with their poppy baskets at the business in Brainerd and Baxter and when they offer you a poppy to wear, wear it with pride as you will be helping our veterans.
Debi Copa Nagel is running for the House 12B seat. Now that the state is in such a financial pickle, we obviously need a change in St. Paul and we need it fast. Debi Copa Nagel is a leader. Minnesota was always a good state to live in, what happened?
President Bush has dismissed the incident in the Iraqi prison as "the work of a handful of soldiers. I find it ironic that the president, who, as governor of Texas, was responsible for over 150 executions (the most in the nation) has already concluded who was responsible. When he was questioned about the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the aircraft carrier he blamed the sailors on board the ship. Now he is blaming the enlisted soldiers for brutalizing the Iraqi prisoners.
This was not a conspiracy among a handful of soldiers. It was at the behest of military intelligence who pressured the enlisted personnel to take pictures of Iraqi prisoners in compromising positions so that we could blackmail them.
George, you overplayed your hand. You know you're going to jettison Rummy, why not have the good grace to do it now and with honor?
You can always tell a Texan, but not much...
Mother's Day is over but at the end of the day I sit and reminisce of mothers in my life. I didn't live with my parents much after the age of 8 but I do remember some things about my mother. She is gone now but she must have done good things in the forming of my life because I was able to choose a woman to raise a family with that loved me as much as I her. Her mother instilled values in her that she passed on to our three children, one boy and two girls, while she worked to help support the family. She has done a great job because they carried these skills and values into their families. Our two daughters are now mothers themselves and are great at what they do. We now have 12 grandchildren, five girls that will probably become mothers and carry with them these same skills and values to their families and so it continues. If I was to meet my maker today it would be with a smile for it is a beautiful thing I see in the mothers of my family.
My only fear is the loss of our traditional family by our judicial system, and law makers forcing legislation that will change this beautiful sight. I pray the Lord will help guide our leaders and protect our family structure and not let it become something it is not.
Please urge your representatives to vote to allow a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
A change is needed
I have never written in the Open Forum before, but I do read it and I also watch the city council meetings. I am very upset about what is happening to our city. I watch the meetings on TV and see the people that wish to speak belittled, yelled at and told they can not talk. It is like a dictatorship and you do what they say or you are out. It seems that is what happened to our great fire chief, he was forced to resign because he wouldn't conform. After watching how our chief of police was treated last week he will probably be the next excellent leader to be forced out, then what will we have to settle for? It will probably be someone who couldn't make it in another city. We had a great combination of the best and now we're losing them. I think we need a change in our council.
We have lost a few good business people from the Brainerd City Council. I believe the city should only consider folks who have a business or attorney's degree. Then the city of Brainerd can make logical, and most importantly, intellectual decisions. They should know the laws based on the project, whereas it be residential, or commercial. They should also know how to make decisive decisions, based on what the city attorney has informed them of, "not how many votes am I going to win or lose."
I think the town of Brainerd would benefit enormously if we had more folks with business degrees. I don't believe the town would look so run down, with "the wrong side of the tracks" type look. I can understand people are scared of change, but we are going to change, so let's get some fresh minds and some fresh designs. The town really needs it.
As it is now we have members squabbling a-mongst each other and nothing but mumble jumble. How, I ask, can intelligent business orientated decisions be made? They just simply can't be, and the town shows it from the airport to the Baxter city line.
Neighbors -- back in the 30s, it would have been hard to survive without them. We helped them saw wood on Saturdays, went to Ladies Aid on Sundays. Ladies Aid was a picnic.
World War II, two and a half years over in the European Theater of Operations, in the airborne, did we have neighbors? Sure did. We called them buddies. Once again, hard to serve without them.
After the war, moved to the Mission Lakes area north of Brainerd, still here. Did we have neighbors? You bet we did. Good ones.
I have seen some people thought they would get along without them. I call them bullies. They generally have a hard lesson to learn.
I think I am patriotic, I respect the flag. I think it is the most beautiful piece of cloth on earth. When a band plays the "Col. Boogie March," I want to stand up straight and march.
Our great and beautiful country is now in a a bind. The fox got into what he thought was a hen house, but it was full of mean roosters, and slammed the door shut.
I don't know how the fox and his buddies are going to get us out of this, but we must support our troops and I am sure a few good friends and neighbors would help a lot.
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