As a graduate with the Class of 2008, I would like to apologize to the community for the rudeness of my fellow classmates. Their actions do not represent those of the entire class. I personally felt embarrassed and disgusted sitting with them as respected adults tell us of our accomplishments. Their actions are only a faint memory of our high school graduation ceremony. I would hope that the members of this community remember the Class of 2008 for our honors and numbers and not for their childish actions.
2008 BHS graduate
We're headed for a depression
The current U.S. economy crisis is driving this country into a depression that will be worse than the early 30s. We now have three times the amount of people in this country than we had then. Obscene gas and diesel prices have driven food, all material prices and transportation, including planes, buses, cabs, everything that moves.
What about RSVP, Meals on Wheels and your utility companies? Wait till you see food prices next fall with operating costs doubling for farmers. I already was told one tractor tire's price locally rose $100 dollars in one week. Food shelves are almost empty across the U.S. and if you think you are sitting financially OK, I have a bridge to sell you!
Growing corn for ethanol was a huge greedy political mistake, causing food shortages around the world. Farmers that used to grow wheat, rice and other world food crops are now growing corn. Also, ethanol is hard on fuel injectors, brings down mileage five -10 miles per gallon, does nothing to lower gas prices, and is subsidized with your tax money. What's wrong with this picture? Why are people sitting on their hands? Why is there not a revolt against these greedy oil conglomerates? Their outright lies and excuses are sick.
An ex-Congressman states "Washington is a cesspool of corruption, extortion and outright blackmail." Oh, really? Our new U.S. president must turn this country around by nationalizing our Alaskan field and the 500 new oil wells in North Dakota. President Gorbachev's speaking at the United Nations said, "We don't have to worry about a war with the United States; they will destroy themselves from within!" He may be right.
The reality of farming
I read with interest the article out of Willmar, Minn., regarding farmers making record income. Gross or net income is a question that we need to ask. Smart readers will take the article with a pinch of salt.
Although food prices had gone up, be assured that not all farmers benefit from the price increase. Some family cattle farmers had to face hay shortages due to drought, high diesel and gas prices, the price of feed had gone up due to corn prices and this year alone, the price of fertilizer is notoriously high. I do not find any subsidy for these farmers - unless I am not very good in plowing through the farm bill. In addition to that with the TB situation, things do not look very good for some cattle farmers whether or not their cattle has TB or not.
Consumers need to push for changes to how we as taxpayers subsidize the rich and richer. There is absolutely no reason why oil companies need subsidies when they are reaping record profits that many of us cannot even phantom in our lifetime.
The way the farm bill works, soon we will be importing everything from overseas and with no jobs in this country, what are you paying for grocery with? Forget about gas prices since we will not have to drive to work anyhow.
Check out your lake
According to the state Pollution Control Agency, approximately 40 percent of Minnesota lakes tested are polluted. And for every lake the MPCA has tested, there are four more that the agency hasn't tested. This summer, Minnesota families who want to know if their favorite Minnesota lake is clean enough for swimming and eating fish caught in that lake have an easy way to find out - www.CheckMyLake.org.
The new Web site, created by Conservation Minnesota, is a user-friendly way that Minnesotans can find out whether their favorite lakes are clean or polluted - or haven't been tested yet. The site relies on the state's database but makes the information easy to access and comprehend. By going to the site, users can either type in the name of a favorite lake or type in a county name and choose from among a list to find out whether lakes have been tested and what the results show.
Information on the health and safety of our lakes empowers all of us. We want Minnesotans to enjoy these summertime sports based on the best data and advice.
What's needed is real change
I don't see how one of three U.S. Senators, part of the establishment, is going to make any difference to political change. We need real change, away from class warfare inflicted by the greedy corporate elite and their dupes, better known as our politicians.
I could care less about a "Global Economy" which debases every working American. Instead I want a functioning, healthy American economy which provides the essentials for all Americans, which controls our borders and provides economic security as well as military security. Military power means nothing if our economy tanks.
One family helped a young boy
To everyone who drove by a young boy on Highway 2 in Staples Sunday, May 25, shame on you. I know that in today's day and age it is hard to help anyone anymore but when you see a young boy with no shirt or shoes on crying and flagging you down, you stop or at least send the police his way.
But not one of you did that. This poor little boy ran around for almost an hour out there afraid and alone because his daddy had just died at home and he found him and had no phone to call for help as the only phone they had was on his dad and he was to afraid to look for it.
He happened to walk in front of a house that actually had someone home finally and thank God for this family who came out and helped him. You were truly his saving grace and will forever be held close to his heart as he talks about you everyday for comforting him and being the first ones he had to tell about what happened. Our family is very grateful to you.
Closing time and Republicans
The Republicans are coming. And you know how politicians don't have to abide by the same rules as "regular folks." So the bars are going to be allowed to stay open an extra two hours for them. You know there is no better time to be able to get liquored up until 4 in the morning as when you are going to nominate someone for the president of the United States. This might explain the last two nominations.
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