I am writing this letter in regard to the proposed zone change on Wise Road in Brainerd.
I adamantly oppose the rezoning of this neighborhood. The implications of such a change are clear. Mixing commercial with residential is like mixing oil with water, the focus of each are miles apart.
I moved to this area 30 plus years ago from just such a neighborhood. Once the rezoning occurred and businesses started moving in, the safety of the area was compromised. Over time, crime increased. In short, the neighborhood became an undesirable place to live as well as decreasing our property value (and decreasing the taxable value).
The nature of some of the businesses mentioned in The Brainerd Daily Dispatch would bring in a questionable clientele to say the least. There are many children living in the vicinity of Wise Road. Isn't this at all a concern with the increased crime against helpless innocent children?
My daughter, her husband and my two grandchildren live right next to the property that will be used for a business if this zone goes through. I cringe at the thought of my little granddaughter playing in her yard with her new puppy, overlooking a busy parking lot full of strangers coming and going, instead of the peaceful natural surroundings that now exist.
Most everyone enjoys a safe, clean, pleasant neighborhood. How would you feel if your neighborhood came into question for this type of change? If you grant this request to change existing residential zoning on Wise Road simply for a few business owners' monetary gain at the expense of the many people living in this neighborhood, then shame on you!
The article on the jail administrator seemed OK. It seems a little ridiculous that something like this had to be done, it ruins a person's life and respect within the community. Maybe the county should have thought things through before they used a person as a scapegoat. Supervision comes from management (the sheriff himself) and it doesn't sound like there is any support coming from the top. The whole situation is something that shouldn't have happened. Maybe the county needs to take some accountability for the past six-seven months.
I love newspapers
Thank you, dear Lord, for newspapers! I love newspapers! I can't imagine what my day would be like if I didn't have the papers to read after supper.
That darn Brainerd Dispatch. It makes me so mad at times. Those cartoons! They make me laugh; they make me cry; they make me think. I like to read the news, hopefully to get the full story, not just that dab that comes regularly on the television news. I like to see what my friend Hagar is up to.
That Crosby-Ironton Courier. I can keep in touch with what's going on in the community, in the schools, see a picture of my grandchildren once in a while, see who had a baby, who got married, who died, where the garage sales are.
That Aitkin Age. Having been born in Glory, a small community South of Aitkin, and having relatives all over the place, I love the news from Iron Hub, from Fleming, from Glen that will tell me who visited my cousin, Allie, what goodies the Legion will be serving. The historical articles by Luukkonen are an added bonus when they appear.
Then, after all is read and done, I can work the crossword puzzles, and hope the answer the next day is the right one, in case I get stuck! Yes, I love those newspapers!
We don't want it
I think it is sad that the city of Brainerd will have to submit to allowing adult orientated businesses. So much for wholesome Brainerd. There is enough "adult orientated" entertainment in our downtown bar!. Send the smut elsewhere! We don't want it here!
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