Clarification needed concerning an Open Forum letter printed on Monday, May 18, in the Brainerd Dispatch. Seems like a game of "Telephone" is going on! We would like to correct one statement made concerning Mike Hamad Upholstery. It was stated that a new upholstery shop wanted to purchase our business, but the price was too high. This is incorrect.
We have had several calls concerning this. To reassure our clients and future customers we would like to state that our business has not been for sale.
We believe this letter was referring to an article done on another business, Sunday, March 8, 2009, in the Business and Money section. The owner, who worked for us previously, wanted to buy another business, not Mike Hamad Upholstery. This didn't work out for him so he opened his own business.
Hope this clears up the confusion concerning our business.
Mike and Mary Hamad
Mike Hamad Upholstery
Pelosi story is big news
I felt it was important to write a note about a topic that everyone regardless of whether someone is Democrat or Republican should be concerned about. That is the media coverage (or lack thereof) that is happening in this country. Just recently, the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, accused the CIA of lying to Congress. A major story regardless of your political views because either the third-ranking politician in the country or a major intelligence agency that is supposed to be protecting us is playing with the truth. The day after the story broke, the Dispatch thought it was such a major story that not one word was written about it. I was very disappointed and was left to wonder why?If that isn't a story that is worth covering, then what is? There are a lot of people that may only get their news from the paper. How are they to be informed citizens if there isn't any reporting done on events that are happening that may affect them? All of the media has their "slant," left or right, that they put on the news. But, selective coverage I believe is more dangerous because, without coverage, there can't be a fair debate over the issues that are happening. The lack of coverage of the Pelosi/CIA story makes me wonder why I look for news coverage from the Dispatch. The media has a responsibility to cover major stories and hopefully without a slanted view. Keeping people in the dark no matter what the reason is wrong. Please restore some of my faith in the news by keeping us informed in a fair way.
Lighten up liberals
I would like to just point out a few differences between liberal and conservative letter writers. The liberal writer is basically uptight. I visualize them writing their letters sitting very rigid, teeth clinched, if not grinding, stress on their face. And with their mind set, I understand they're writing an epitaph about the end of the world, as they know it anyway, if things don't change as their letters spell out! It's all here and now!
Conservatives are at peace with themselves because we've realized a long time ago, life goes on and we're not passing through, today's world isn't all we have to live for. Yes, we would like to so certain people elected or bills and laws passed, or not, but it's not to us, the end of the world if they don't. We even laugh at ourselves, a liberal letter hardly even has humor (I guess saving the world isn't funny!) I feel sorry for them.
The world seems to be getting more liberal because people are basically lazy. Going with the flow is easier than standing for the right things. As the old saying goes, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." I Cor. 1:8a "He will keep you strong to the end..." God bless and God help! Amen! Enjoy God's spring! Blessings to fisherman and gardeners this year. And have a safe Memorial Day weekend.
Cuts have set us back
In the last few months, I have run into many seniors who are veterans and now facing cuts to services provided by the Veterans Administration. These seniors served their country sacrificially and now they are sacrificing more. One example: Financial help to attend adult day services is now limited to funding two days per week. This applies to all veterans, even those who have combat-related conditions. Some of these people desperately need the supervision and socialization of structured environments during the day, but not nursing home services. Other cuts include home care services. I empathize with the local and state veterans workers who want to serve aging veterans, but are constrained by these federal cuts.
I understand in these economic times that we must all sacrifice but there is something very wrong with taking away needed services from aging veterans, while we provide monies to banks and car companies. Minnesota prides itself in caring for those who are vulnerable - children, elderly, disabled - in order to provide good quality of life for them. These cuts have set us back in these priorities.
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