In the Tempo issue of last week's Dispatch a notice was published about a meeting by Encore Arts which had as the speaker Betty Patsche, a floral designer from St. Paul. This meeting was planned because various members of garden clubs etc. have spoken with us about having a category of design for them which is a floral interpretation of a painting.
Due to my error the notice came out saying the meeting would be on July 20 rather than on June 20. We were very disappointed when no one showed up at the meeting. When my error was noticed we felt that some correction should take place. We did have a member tape the demonstration by Ms. Patsche and if there is enough interest we would be willing to show this tape at our July meeting.
If there are people who would be interested in such a meeting, let me know and we will try to plan it.
I noticed in The Dispatch Open Forum section, a letter to the editor by Sen. Don Samuelson supporting colleague Tony Kinkel's vote for the Patient Bill of Rights. I've also noticed House Speaker Steve Sviggum, using the letters to the editor column in my paper, the Crosby-Ironton Courier, to stress the "wonderful" things his Republican leadership has done for improved financing for rural school districts.
I'm uncomfortable if this is starting a trend of politicians using letters to the editor with definite political connotations. Yet one might ask, "Who am I to criticize politicians for using this legitimate media opportunity for readers' response to pertinent issues? Don't politicians as individuals, have the same rights to a free press as all citizens?"
Of course my answer must be "yes" to that question. Yet if letters to the editor gradually become politicians' unpaid political advertisements (at our "expense"), then I will also have the "right" to assess them as a "negative vote" similar to those of dinner time commercial solicitation phone calls!
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