Wow! I am in awe. In reflecting with the governor and the time spent with his entourage in our beautiful little city of Pequot Lakes, it made me not only proud to be the mayor, but proud to be a citizen of this community. I'm not going to attempt to name all the people and organizations that helped to make it such a wonderful, wonderful day. I'm sure I would miss someone, but not on purpose, so please accept my heartfelt thanks.
We were fortunate that the weather cooperated, that people came from all over, not just citizens of Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point, but people from all the surrounding areas. Everyone seemed to have a good time; everything seemed to go without a hitch. It was truly a day that the city had an opportunity to put its best foot forward and I certainly believe that we did. I know that if I were a part of the governor's party, I'd have been duly impressed.
I mentioned earlier that there were too many organizations to thank, and that I was afraid I would omit someone, but there is one individual who coordinated, spear-headed and really made everything happen with all of her committees and volunteers. It would certainly be remiss on my part if I did not mention Bernice Rhode who made everything come together. To you, Bernice, on behalf of all of us in the city of Pequot Lakes, those who live here and those who work here, thank you so very much!
Forbes H. Martinson
Pequot Lakes mayor
Mississippi flag story
It disappoints me that The Dispatch editorial policy regarding the Mississippi flag story seems to exclude objective and independent thought. There is not historic basis for the claim that the battle flag, nor any other flag of symbol of the Confederacy, is racist. Certain persons have found it profitable to make such a claim, and certain journalists and revisionist "historians" have chosen to pick up the story either for profit or out of ignorance, but real history shows their claims to be based much more on the Nazi "Big Lie" tactic than on any real evidence.
It is popularly claimed that the flag is "racist" because the Klan uses it. The Klan's flag of choice, as far as is seen in any news photographs, is Old Glory: Is it next? They carry a cross, claiming a base in Christianity: Will we be closing down all churches for "racism" after that?
The flags of the South are just that, and, regardless of the claims of various self-serving racial (dare we say, racist?) organizations, represent our southern ancestors of whatever hue. Proportionally more blacks served under the battle flag than Old Glory, and surely more served willingly. The atrocities committed against southern blacks by the U.S. Army during that shameful time surpass the abuses in Bosnia-Herzogovina, and the abuses heaped upon the old, the women, and the children across the land class "Honest Abe" with "Uncle Joe" Stalin with his policies toward Ukraine and Georgia, or Pol Pot in Cambodia.
No, I am not trying to "keep fighting the war," but to selectively remember one part of history and ignore another is not only dishonest and stupid, but must raise suspicions as the motives behind such propaganda. I must therefore beg the editors of this fine paper to reconsider their own policies, and whether there might be cause to spend time backgrounding its "news" stories.
Class of 2001
The following letter was written by a Brainerd High School student.
Since fifth grade, teachers have been telling us students to be a little more mature. Students had to deal with the pressures of sex education, then the pressures of keeping good grades, while participating in school activities.
All and all it was fun, for the class of 2001 high school is coming to an end. Now they will have to face a much bigger step, into the real world.
From an adult's perspective we teen-agers have not yet lived. After 18 years who could say that we haven't?
There is going to be much more ahead of us in life, but the knowledge we have gained over the past 18 years will not be forgotten.
We have learned how to deal with peer pressures, tough situations, and found ways to get what we want out of life.
We haven't done all this on our own; teachers, friends, and parents have had a huge influence on the decisions we have made in life.
We didn't always take their advice, which would leave us to learn the hard way, but those tough times in life are what made us the young adults we are today.
There has been a lot of distractions along the way to graduation, unnecessary large amounts of homework, friends, and uncomfortable situations.
Most of us took those distractions by the horns and either took care of the job, or suffered the consequences.
When the class of 2001 enters this so called real world, they are going to do just fine, using the abilities they have learned through school.
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