Once again the Memorial Day program at the Nisswa American Legion was outstanding. They had good speakers, great music and it was truly a time for remembering the dedication of the men and women that have given so much. My thanks to all the folks that work so hard to put on these programs across our great country. We can never forget all the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made every day. Thanks again.
We will continue our fight
For the past several weeks, myself and well over 100 other citizens in the Peqout Lakes, Jenkins area have been meeting in expression of concerns and complaints of our local police department. We are not a bunch of radicals or lunatics. This is honest, hard-working, taxpaying citizens and business owners in our area. There are others with grievances, but many are scared,and intimidated by the police and will not step forward.
Myself, I am also scared but we are simply trying to get our local city council to listen. We were granted a meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, with the Pequot City Council. We were told two weeks ago to bring our complaints and police incidents to this meeting.
Upon arriving, with well over 100 concerned citizens in attendance. We were immediately intimidated by the entire Pequot police force sitting there. There were all but one in attendance and the entire reserve force, total of 16 uniformed officers. We were then informed by the mayor that we could not read our complaints and use the names of officers. All people in attendance were all ready to leave. One of our biggest complaints is the intimidation factor that we live with each day. And to be shut down like we were has only made the animosity escalate to an even higher level.
It is a sad sight to see our community in such disarray. We are a tourism community, we rely on tourists to spend money in our community. But because of tactics used, many tourists say "we will go elsewhere, where we are appreciated and our money is welcome." We will continue our fight for the people legally.
Kim A. Bachmann
Restrict burning in Baxter
I would like to encourage Baxter residents to contact their city council re: implementing a more restrictive burning policy in Baxter. I had hoped that my previous Open Forum letter might cause others to rethink their choice to pollute their neighborhood and other areas with their "open burning." In the past two weeks, the heavy smell of smoke has lingered in my neighborhood every day and into the early morning hours. The wind brings the smell of smoke to my home from miles away.
It may have made sense to allow the burning of leaves/brush, etc., when Baxter was not a developed community. Now, there are alternatives available for the disposal of these items. Our world is suffering from air pollution, an increase in respiratory illnesses and a host of other health/environmental issues. Is it not time for the city of Baxter to recognize the need for change and to ensure the health and safety of its residents? I, personally, just want to be able to breathe without worrying that the air may be killing me!
Jill Zauhar Backberg
Supply and demand
The article titled, "Deep, deep emotion" appearing in the Brainerd Dispatch, Sunday, June 1, 2008, gives the reason for closing of Whittier and Lincoln schools was due to budget reductions. Nothing could be further from the truth.
First we had leadership in the school district that decided it was an opportune time to get a referendum passed for a new school. This passing of the referendum resulted in building a new school for nearly a third of School District 181 enrollment. The school district now has school rooms with no one to fill them. This is common sense experience of supply and demand.
Second, the decline in enrollment within the school district was another factor that added to the problem.
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