Thanks for your sad but timely article.
When decisions are made to purposefully censor a message of 'peace' from a march to ostensibly celebrate 'freedom' and 'independence' - you can bet this is no longer a democracy - if it ever was one. Welcome to the United States of America: Where fascism is alive and well!
Two for two
On May 8, 2003, The Dispatch published my letter to the editor thanking representative Dale Walz for having an 800 telephone number (800-683-4205) so we constituents could have a "free" access to him during legislative sessions. I also stated that "I was a little disappointed to see that my new present Senator, Paul Koering, didn't have one."
To use a very desirable term from my old high school baseball coaching days, I'm pleased to say, "we're now again batting two-for-two!" I just received a much appreciated note from our Senator Paul Koering telling me that, "Just wanted to drop you a note for you to be the first to know that I have a new 800 number (888-241-2036) so that you can get a hold of me." He also stated that because of the cut-backs, he will pay for this out of his own pocket.
I see myself as just a "little guy" who was born nearly 70 years ago with absolutely 100 percent DFL genes, and then raised in a household stressing that Republicans are only rich "big shots." I now though publicly thank both of our Republican "little guys," a policeman representative and a dairy farmer Senator, for personally financing this open communications line for both their "big" and "little" constituents.
A reasonable decision
I would like to thank the members of the Brainerd Community Action, Brainerd Jaycees and all the other volunteers for once again making a wonderful Fourth of July for our families. Your countless hours of volunteering are appreciated. Through your volunteering, you bring substantial revenue to the Brainerd Lakes Area, which extends well beyond Brainerd.
Pierz is no exception. Prior to the Fourth of July, Pierz was buzzing with tourists heading north with their families. Many of which to enjoy what is said to be the best place to spend the day in the state on the Fourth, Brainerd.
I attended the parade and fireworks with my family in Brainerd. I am proud that our veterans in the parade were treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
We'll never know what problems were avoided during the parade by what appears to be a reasonable decision. Maybe we need to amend the constitution to know when to exercise common sense.
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