Some cities around the state/country have city managers or supervisors, here in Brainerd we have a city administrator.
These positions usually carry the responsibility of managing all city employees.
During Monday's Brainerd City Council meeting, I was dismayed when listening to BAHA and VFS representatives speak of the poor condition at the Brainerd Civic Center and Gold Medal Arena.
Some of the more simplistic comments were out of concern regarding the unclean public rest rooms at the arenas. Several people requested the council to put new management in place to alleviate problems; such as unkempt rest rooms.
If arena employees aren't doing their jobs properly, maybe it's time the city council look at the staff supervising these workers and ask a simple question. The question that requires asking is, why is this happening?
If arena conditions are as poor as some of the users have indicated, it's high time the City Council start knocking some heads to ensure Brainerd taxpayers receive value for their tax dollars.
Really now, if a city administrator is unable to instill a good work ethic in a few unskilled workers that cost the Brainerd taxpayers $28 per hour, it may be time to reevaluate this guy. Sit him down, remind him that he works for the city council and he has the responsibility of overseeing the city staff. Additionally, he must earn his keep or else!
The immediate supervisor of the arena employees is the parks director. If he fails to require his subordinates to perform their jobs then leadership must come from the city administrator.
Brainerd doesn't require new management at the arenas. The current city staff is capable if they were only held accountable.
Where is the leadership in Brainerd anyway?
AARP attacks faith
AARP is a large organization of senior citizens. It's goal used to be giving the members helpful information, assisting us navigate around life's potholes. I believe the mission has changed under the leadership of Bill Novelli, a former Clinton publicist. The mission now seems to be to advance a left wing, liberal agenda - like nationalizing health care - through its magazine and bulletin. Novelli also, conveniently, fails to present both sides of each issue.
In the March/April issue of the magazine CEO Novelli has clearly stepped over the line by including an article whose interviewee questions the infallibility of Jesus Christ (p. 76), and says the Bible is short on facts but long on "fable and fiction." Does this attack on faith belong in a seniors oriented publication?
Readers like me are insulted that a once respected magazine has been turned into a left-leaning voting guide. We expect AARP to respect faith - all faith. Seniors aren't as dementia-limited as Mr. Novelli thinks - especially on election day!
What's it going to take?
My wife and I have followed many of the Vox Pop stories. We are shaken to learn about disrespectful comments targeting prominent folks in our community.
What is it going to take to get rid of Vox Pop? It has no positive,fruitful place in this community and should not be supported by a major "player" in the community, the Dispatch and its owners, Morris Communications of Augusta, Ga.
Do we need to circulate a petition to support ending Vox Pop?
Do we need to cancel our subscriptions?
Many organizations and businesses in the community strive to promote a good image of our area to improve the economic growth and quality of life. When can we anticipate the Dispatch coming alongside these other groups and also promote a healthy voice?
Peter Mann and Mary Tyler
Show respect for our flag
The Fourth of July is very near and I have, in the past, admonished those who watch parades to remove their hat when the flag goes by.
"Old Glory," or "The Star Spangled Banner," or "The Stars and Stripes," or "The Red White and Blue." People refer to it as one of the above. But the official designation is "the flag of the United States of America," our country's emblem.
From mammoth flags atop flag poles to tiny jeweled lapel pins we proudly display it on the Fourth.
We are offended when our flag is not respected, yet many are guilty when it passes by. I realize there are numerous ones in parades but stop and think of each one representing a father, son, uncle or brother of someone who gave their life's blood for our country and take your hat off - we should even salute. In one day on one island in the Pacific 6,000 were killed or wounded.
Many people think Betsy Ross made the first flag but no proof can be found of the legend.
Whittier immortalized another legend in the poem, "Barbara Fritchie."
"Shoot if you must this old gray head,
But spare your country's flag, she said."
George Washington decreed the first flag made with 13 alternating red and white stripes, the corner displayed the Union Jack. But once the Declaration of Independence was signed that flag was scrapped.
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