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Thank you, Wal-Mart
Why would The Brainerd Daily Dispatch print an editorial from the Baltimore Sun defending a person's right to read slut? (Sunday, May 18) This writer seems upset that she is unable to buy her soft porn at Wal-Mart. Thank you, Wal-Mart, for discontinuing the sale of slut. Let's welcome a Wal-Mart Superstore. They'll be competition to Brainerd/Baxter's grocery and gas cartel. Did the Coalition for Responsible Development want that editorial published?
What a fraud
I just read your card of thanks from Andrea Vann from the Baxter Consumer Coalition. ... I called Wal-Mart and asked them for a list of membership for the Baxter Consumer Coalition. There are two -- Andrea Vann and Kirk Helmberger, both Wal-Mart employees. To present this as a coalition that represents Baxter is a joke. This is the Wal-Mart Corp. trying another avenue to push their Wal-Mart Superstore. Let's call things what they are. ... It is a pre-printed card supplied by the Wal-Mart store for people to mail in, namely Wal-Mart employees.
The Baxter Consumer Coalition was set up through Wal-Mart Corp., according to a Wal-Mart official, who said its purpose is to help "silent majority voice opinion." There is no membership to speak of, he said.
Traffic lights needed
Take the stop lights from Washington and Fourth Avenue Northeast and move them to Fifth Avenue Northeast. Trying to get out of McDonald's on Washington Street is horrible. Why have lights for the (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railroad employees coming out at 3:30 p.m. for no more than an hour per day and trying to get from Fifth on to Washington is worse than horrible? Makes more sense, I would say. Traffic is steady here. Accidents waiting to happen.
Going to the dogs
South Brainerd is going to the dogs. Dog owners are allowing their animals to run loose, trample plants in our gardens and use our yards for bathrooms. Even those who walk their dog on a leash will allow the dog to do his duty in our grass and on our trees. We work hard and spend money to keep our yards nice. Use your own yard for a bathroom.
Dishonesty not wanted
Baxter residents just got a slick brochure from a group calling itself the "Baxter Consumer Coalition." Turns out, the group is run from Wal-Mart by its managers. There are no other members of the "coalition." Wal-Mart managers speak at meetings, and write Open Forums without saying who they work for. Apparently, Wal-Mart's only supporters are on their payroll. Why would we want a company this dishonest to expand in our area?
It's our duty
There have been a few comments in the Vox Pop recently that attempt to discourage local citizens from working to protect our natural resources. I don't understand how people can argue that we shouldn't work for environmentally sound planning. We need to preserve the natural beauty of our area for the future generations. I believe it is our duty as citizens to be good stewards of the earth and watchdogs of individuals and corporations that carelessly destroy the environment.
Brainerd should be the city
Since Baxter does not want the Wal-Mart Supercenter in town, maybe it should be considered for northeast Brainerd. We have nothing over here, and have to drive to Baxter for every little thing we want. The choices in Brainerd are few and too expensive. It's time we concentrate on Brainerd and give Baxter a rest. ... It is my opinion that the city of Brainerd doesn't like new businesses to enrich our town but it's time for new young blood on our council to make Brainerd the city and Baxter the suburb. ...
We need a light at the intersection of Fifth Avenue Northeast and Washington Street. The traffic that piles up from people trying to turn east onto Washington is an accident waiting to happen. That is a very busy corner with McDonald's and Triangle Gas there and the people waiting to turn in either direction onto Washington really backs up and then blocks the entrances to the gas station, which in turn stalls traffic trying to turn in off of Washington. If you want to see what I am talking about try it between 8-9 a.m. or 5-6 p.m. Safety is the issue.
Typical protester speaks out
I am a Wal-Mart Superstore protester. I don't litter highways. I live in Brainerd, yet I come to Baxter twice a year to participate in highway cleanup. I criticize pigs that litter. I do community work for charitable causes. I think I am a typical protester. I don't smoke and know of no protester that smokes. In fact, the Wal-Mart employees were smoking by the door of the city council meeting and were asked to move. Protesters are college-educated doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people. We just want to keep our town a good place to live for everyone.
What about Erika?
Why are we not concentrating on the search for Erika Dalquist anymore? I think the Brainerd/Pillager area needs to focus more on the case, and find her so her family can have some closure. Please keep the public updated on the efforts being done to find her. Her family is still in our prayers, and will be until she is found.
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