On behalf of the directors of the Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, thank you Brainerd Dispatch for your excellent series on Meth-amphetamine and the dangers it poses to our community. The center exists to educate and encourage the citizens of central Minne-sota to participate effectively in local governance, planning and leadership. With its series, the Dispatch made our job easier and demonstrated its investment in our community. And so we are more than a grateful organization. We are each of us a grateful citizen.
Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government
Central Lakes College
Koering not helpful
Senator Koering was one of 29 Republicans to kill the Capital Investment Bill ending projects for new classrooms, flood prevention, natural resources preservation, crime prevention, pollution control, agricultural research and a host of other initiatives in every corner of Minnesota.
Today the northern city of Roseau is sand-bagging their river banks, as less than two years ago it as well as many Northern Minnesota communities were devastated by floods, the Republicans blocked nearly $30 million for flood mitigation and more than $10 million for communities that are still struggling to recover.
Many of the projects voted down by the Republicans would have benefited nursing schools in Minnesota, and were aimed at creating jobs while alleviating the state's health care staffing crisis. As a nurse I know just how critical of a need we have for more nurses, the shortage of nurses is only getting worse, not better.
Interest rates are at at-time lows, but are predicted to rise in the coming year. By reflecting this bill and forcing many necessary projects to be delayed a year until interests rates rise, the Republicans have cost Minnesota taxpayers untold millions in interest.
Senator Koering is not helping our community or the citizens of this state.
Mary Jo Anderson
A recent letter writer, wondering why we are at war in the Middle East, accused President George W. Bush of falsifying information and changing his story when no large cache of weapons was found.
Just for the record, the actions of President G. W. Bush were based on the same information that justified B. J. Clinton's action when Billy took out that Iraqi aspirin factory just a few years ago. The Kay report confirmed Saddam's numerous conventional and chemical weapons programs and confirmed that madman's plans for reactivating his nuclear arms development.
Saddam's funding and arming of terrorists is an indisputable fact. He threatened world peace and the United States of America finally enforced the UN's 17th, that's right 17th, resolution. The toothless UN and its corrupt leader, Kofi Annan, refused to deal with this nut case because France and Germany were lining their pockets with millions of illegal food-for-oil dollars. Saddam used his weapons to gas his own people, sending thousands to shallow, mass graves. Given the slightest opportunity, he would certainly have used them against us.
War was formally declared against this great country by another terrorist in 1996 but the despicable draft dodger occupying the White House then was too involved with affairs of the heart and other body parts to answer that challenge. Rather than sitting idly by, President Bush has taken the fight to the terrorist on their soil, not ours.
We are currently engaged in one of the few activities authorized by the United States Constitution, the defense of this great country against enemies from outside our borders and worse yet, the enemies from within. One of our greatest defenses against the cowardly terrorists throughout the world is the establishment of a democratic Iraq. President Bush will see the job gets done.
Stephen A. Busch
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