Growing up my favorite movie was, and still is, "The Wizard of Oz." I think there's a part of Dorothy's song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," that's very fitting for our Miss Brainerd pageant that was held this past Saturday at Tornstrom. Dorothy sings, "Dreams you dare to dream, really do come true." Thank you Vicki Randall for daring to dream about a Miss Brainerd Pageant. You have touched so many people with your talent, energy, passion, and kindness. It always impresses me when people volunteer so much of themselves.
I will be there next year to hold your hand and help you...Dreams do come true, we only have to try. Let the dreaming begin.
Vox Pop protects people
I'm not sure I understand the reasoning behind a recent writer's assumption that the Vox Pop column is partially responsible for the harassment of one contributor.
Years ago, before Vox Pop existed, I contributed a letter to the Open Forum. Following that letter, we were subjected to harassing telephone calls, minor vandalism, and a sudden increase in the amount of litter thrown onto our property.
I believe the Vox Pop column protects people from this sort of harassment. It's unfortunate that there are still people who feel they must persecute anyone with whom they disagree, but since those people are out there, it's nice to have the Vox Pop column to express an opinion without fear of repercussions.
Flag Day memories
It's Monday, June 14, 2004. It's Flag Day. I am your flag, proudly flying along your streets, from your windows and rooftops. I was born during the Revolutionary War, I crossed the Delaware with George Washington and landed on the moon with Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin. I have proudly been with our troops during every war my nation has fought. I have marched with the flags of many nations, but I was always to my right, or ahead of, or a little higher than the flags of my allies.
I wept as I was draped over the coffins of my fallen patriots and heroes. I have been burned, torn and trampled by those who despise me. They do so in the name of "free speech", and by the protesters that marched in protest against "One Nation Under God", the Ten Commandments, the slogan "God Bless America", and burning their draft cards on the steps of my Capitol, or going to Canada to escape serving my country. And now, today -- my special day it really pained me when I saw the British Union Jack flying alone from a house in this small village, not accompanied by me, I would have gladly joined it, but no, it waved alone in the breeze, as if in defiance, as if in protest against this special day, the day of me being recognized as the symbol of this great land. But I'll stand tall and as the wind blows my furls, listen and you'll hear me shout "God Bless America!"
More than one way to get AIDS
I tire of people who are close-minded and only associate AIDS with homosexuals and sex.
Homosexuals are not the only ones who are subjected to and die from AIDS. Worldwide, more than 1,700 infants a day contract HIV through mother-to-child transmission. Ryan White was 13 years old when he had been diagnosed with AIDS which he contracted from a blood transfusion. His story made headlines across the country as he was ostracized from his school and community by fearful, angry and misinformed people.
Do not be quick to categorize those by a fate they did not choose. AIDS is not synonymous with homosexuality.
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