Fireworks are our greatest patriotic expression.
Fireworks are explosive nitrate compounds detonated by phosphorus compounds, and wrapped in paper or other wood and plastic products.
Fireworks are, whenever possible elevated, detonated, displayed, and burned over water for sake of safety and aesthetics.
Fireworks, for all of their tradition and entertainment, end up with all of their death benefits deposited in our precious waters.
So many of our pleasurable, treasured activities create serious negative impacts on our lakes.
Chairman of Pine River
Watershed Protection Foundation
Just a memory
The Dispatch's headline on Wednesday the 19th, "What now?" got me to reviewing some events of Jesse Ventura's leadership (?) over the past 3 1/2 years that make me say, "Yes!!" He will soon be but a sad memory in my mind. His arrogant "So Watcha Gonna Do About It?" attitude reminds me so much of the previous eight years under ex-President Clinton, with his arrogance toward his office. Jesse's self-promotion by his books, sports announcing, wrestling refereeing, action figures ... his ridiculing the media as "jackals" ... his pushing the homosexual agenda while calling religion a "crutch used by weak-minded people" (and, by the way, thereby calling my Savior Jesus Christ, a fake) ... and now he whines his way out of the governor's race with the weak-minded excuse that his heart's not in his office anymore.
His refusal to lend any dignity to the office some of Minnesota's citizens elected him to deserves the headline found on page 3A of the same edition of The Dispatch -- "Impostor lived at governor's mansion." Indeed, Jesse Ventura has proved himself to be an impostor to the office of this State's highest office.
His few actions -- refunding taxes, reducing auto license costs, holding down spending might be alluded to as overriding all the negatives of his tenure, but I cannot help but think back to when Clinton and his followers were downplaying the need for high moral standards while hiding behind Clinton's "Monica's skirts" with the "It's the economy, stupid!" mantra.
I pray we Minnesotans will place a man of integrity and dignity into the Governor's mansion, just as Americans placed such a man into the President's White House in 2000.
Jonathan Yahn of the Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government was exactly right in his letter of June 21 when he stated that every candidate for elected office should conduct their campaigns civilly, with honesty, fairness and respect for their opponent. I agree with the promotion of high standards of conduct during a campaign. Voters are turned off by negative campaigns.
There are many issues in a campaign that need to be discussed and that will be my focus as I travel around the district. I will be meeting area residents and listening to their concerns. I welcome their questions and discussions of the issues. I want to share my vision for this great part of outstate Minnesota with the people of the area so they know exactly where I stand on issues when they go to vote November 5.
I signed the previous pledge and look forward to signing the Civility 2002 Pledge. I encourage all candidates for public office to sign this pledge. Negative campaigns are not the Minnesota way.
Candidate Senate District 12
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