I applaud Jodie Tweed for writing an article on parade safety. She is right: Something should be done to protect our children at events such as this. However, I am appalled and offended she felt it necessary through her article to air her personal problems. Her inability to deal with a rude person or persons is no excuse to describe the Nisswa residents and parade goers of being rude, ignorant, and disrespectful.
On behalf of the people who where there that day acting civilly, curbing their children, and knowing of the "Fourth Estate", address your personal problems somewhere else. Your negative generalizations of the citizens of this great city were not appreciated.
More on parades
Will The Dispatch cover Nisswa's Freedom Fest parade(s)? Apparently, Jodie Tweed encountered some rudeness at The Pickle Factory's festivities, although she wasn't clear on what the person or people did that was so rude.
I was there. It was hot, and pretty crowded, but I did not encounter any unusual rudeness, just kids full of energy and sugar
and some tired parents.
Nisswa is crowded on Wednesdays for the Turtle Races, and we hope for a crowd on Friday (today). If there hadn't been a crowd, our community sure would have been disappointed. Perhaps Ms. Tweed hasn't attended any of these activities in Nisswa?
As for the parking, well, you go to any town around here when there's an activity going on and you will have to search for a parking spot where you don't have to hoof it too far. That can't be changed, and you can't chase the people away, either.
Her inconsistency in the article was amusing, too; first she complained about kids running into the street to get candy, then whined that her expensive camera lens got smacked by some bubble gum.
Several people commented that it was an excellent parade, although short, and the various floats and horses went by very slow, slow enough that parents were assured of their children's safety.
I was unhappy with her comments to check out other town's parades instead of Nisswa's. Now that is rude!
Ms. Tweed perhaps was having a bad day, was hot and sticky. The pictures she took were quite good, she's obviously an excellent
photographer. Why don't you cover the Freedom Fest kiddie and adult parades and give us a try again?
J. K. Lizakowski
Proud of uncle
Well I did enjoy reading about my Uncle John Wetrosky! I would like to issue a statement to him through your paper if that is at all possible. Goes a little something like this: My Uncle John Wetrosky has taught me everything I know. Whether that is a compliment or an insult is totally up to him but believe me when I say that no one is more deserving of respect and admiration than he is. He has been a true role model, not like these athletes and figureheads we have now. I have found no one who could inspire me as much as him. I was recently married on the 24th of June here in Montana and I must say that I was thinking of him throughout the entire day. I understand totally why he couldn't make the long haul out here and I can only hope that I made him proud of me. My mother showed me my baby book and my present from Uncle John was a lifetime of fishing lessons. What he unknowingly gave me was lessons in life itself. I can say with pride that we are kin and when I make my first trip back to Minnesota, I will surely be there in Pine River to see him! Thanks again for the lessons you gave me Uncle John, I only hope that I can make you proud of me and live up to the image you set for me.
John P. Keltgen
Hungry Horse, Mont.
Looking for vets
The Fourth of July is now celebrated, and as a member of Am/Vets I would like to invite all service men or women to our next meeting.
If you now serve our great country or have an honorable discharge from any branch, including the guards, reserves, coast guards, etc. you may join our proud group of Americans.
We meet July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Legion on Front Street in Brainerd; hope to see you there.
On Saturday, July 1, a man in a black sports car wearing black pants and a red shirt dropped his dog off near Pine Shadows Kennel. We saw him as he made her sit obediently, as she had many times, in the woods and then returned to his car, leaving her to fend for herself. Four days later scared and starving she allowed me to catch and pet her as she gulped down the food I had. She was filthy, full of ticks, had been bitten numerous times by flies and mosquitoes, and has an ear infection in both ears.
My question to the man who left this loving creature in the woods: What did she do that was so bad to deserve being abandoned? How do you sleep at night not knowing whether she's had food and water or if she's even alive?
I would trust my life more to this dog than I would trust it to you, since obviously you have no compassion for any living thing. Do you dump your human loved ones as you did this dog?
I can tell you this: she would make a much better human being than you, because even after what you've done, if you were to drive by today, she would greet you with a wagging tail and lapping tongue, as an offer of forgiveness.
You may like to know that the dog which devoted herself to you stops dead in her tracks to watch and wait every time a car goes by, in hopes that it's you, coming back for her after you so cold heartedly dumped her in a ditch.
Yes, it is true, you will probably outlive this dog and if you do, when and if you make it to the gates of heaven, she will be there sitting next to God as she sat next to you. Then what will you have to say for yourself?
I just finished reading the Wednesday's Neighbors section on how "Not everyone loves a Parade." I'm sorry that the reporter couldn't find a parking spot, ran across rude people, had parents that let their kids run into the street and didn't get into the Pickle for her beer.
Yes, parking in Nisswa is difficult in the summer. Throw a parade and it is nearly impossible. But I believe that is the case in any town, not just Nisswa.
The reporter talks about how in Pequot they stand on the sidewalk during a parade. That would be wonderful, but then the cars would block the view of the parade, so where do the cars park? She also mentions that Nisswa should extend the parade beyond Main Street. Where else could it go? Onto the highway?
As for the rude people, were they rude to her, or were they just as hot and tired as she was?
I agree that kids shouldn't run into the street during a parade to obtain their "sugar high." Is Nisswa the only town that runs into this problem? Why doesn't she come to a City Council meeting and voice her concerns about what she saw and give Nisswa a chance to fix the problem rather than write a front page article about it?
I wonder if she would have felt differently about her whole experience if she had just gone into the Pickle for the beer she wanted?
As for myself, I had a wonderful time and look forward to the next parade.
Candy and parades
I'd like to say a big thank you from his parents and myself, to a great bunch of young people who helped my little grandson get candy at the Crosby parade. He has a broken arm and was afraid of getting knocked down, so he sat on the curb, watching the others, gathering candy. Some young people and an adult chose to help him.
It's not that we can't afford to buy him candy, in fact we told him we would; but it's part of the fun for the young people going to the parades. It wouldn't have been the same if we bought the candy. We don't know you by name but many thanks for making a little boy's day.
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