I would like to take this opportunity to thank Troy Bock for his recent guest column in this paper. He said exactly what I have been thinking for months of this debate. He took the time to research, with some opposition I might add, to find the real facts from the people who have them. No so the "Yes EIS" people with their emotional comments. The truth is, competition is their biggest concern. America was built on competition and it is good. Not everyone would shop the superstore and that is just fine! It is, after all, the American way.
One additional thing I have to add as an employee, also of three years, is this: I am a senior citizen and was when I was hired. I am treated with respect and have many friends at work. Wal-Mart did not have to hire me but I am so glad they did. I feel a part of a good team that is ready and willing to help our customers. May I say from management to the rest of us: I am proud to work with you and hope to be able to move with you to our beautiful new store.
I just read your story about the banning of the peace marchers from your Fourth of July parade. I believe you should change the name of our city from Brainerd to "Braindead" because apparently those in charge are just that - braindead!
Retired Foreign Service Officer
What are they for?
No one was denied their right of free speech! This "peace" group was offered space along the parade route and turned it down. These 70s "peace rally" leftovers crave confrontation not peace. Remember? These peace rallies eventually led to the death of Kent State students.
Now they have the MCLU. Where was the MCLU or ACLU when the pro-life movement wanted their free speech? They were in court removing the right-to-lifers from clinic. When pro-life people march in Brainerd people aren't forced to listen or participate as the BACP wants. People want to come to the parade for a fun, relaxing interlude from the hype and constant bombardment from a very negative news media. In this context, the "peace protest" would have been as appropriate as Eminem giving a Sunday sermon.
There are similarities between the Coalition for Responsible Development and the Coalition for Peace.What are they "for?" They're against Wal-Mart. They're against removing the most brutal tyrant since Cambodia's Pot Pol. They're against Iraqis digging up relatives, as many as 2,000 in a grave, or Afghani women pointing out their rapist without fear of being stoned to death for adultery. That's part of what these wars have changed.
BACP claims to support our troops but are against war. That's like, "I
support Little League baseball but cancel the games." I've read the Iraq war was about greed and oil. When will gas prices go down from these confiscated oil fields? The real selfishness comes from demanding that America sit by in our comfortable life style while Saddam butchers the Iraqis and aids in terrorism.
If these people were "for" peace, they wouldn't protest at a ceremony
honoring the Purple Heart soldiers to try to make these guys feel ashamed of their accomplishment. That's supporting the troops?
John S. Jansen
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