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One of the basic rights I celebrated as an American on July 4th was the freedom of religion. To me, as an American Baptist pastor, this means that no one religion can force its beliefs on people of other faiths. Many people of faith believe that "abortion is a personal decision best left in the hands of a woman and her God," as the billboards of the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice put it. I am writing to commend the many people of faith who have reached out to offer love and support to the staff of the Planned Parenthood clinic after the terrorist act perpetrated against the clinic on July 4th. Congratulations to Brainerd for rising to the occasion to show our continuing belief in religious freedom.
At the Brainerd City Council meeting on July 15, Bob Olson, Gary Scheeler and Jim Dehen nixed the Long Range Planning Committee list submitted by Council President Lucy Nesheim. By their "control game" of who serves on that and who does not, they have now stalled Brainerd's participation in the Initiative Foundation's Healthy Community Partnership, which is a $7,500 grant, potentially $12,500. This is a time Brainerd should be going forward, not backward.
To the adults who donated their time every Wednesday morning at the ball field, thank you. So many kids benefited from your session. I hope you will consider running it next year. I am sure everyone would pay for the session as the kids learned so much from you. We need more programs like that with structure and basic skills taught. Again, thank you.
Heartland Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) is a non-profit organization. We do not make money, but we do the best we can with the resources we receive. Recently a local citizen volunteered to organize a food and cleaning supply drive as a community service project, with several local stores as drop sites -- we were very appreciative of her efforts as well as those who donated much needed animal food and supplies. We also appreciate the many Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin County residents who have expressed concern and support of H.A.R.T. by their volunteering at H.A.R.T., in our daily efforts to provide animal care/shelter for our communities. We are your local animal shelter. With volunteers assisting everyday at, we already save the public money. As executive director, I cordially invite everyone to visit us at H.A.R.T., and see firsthand the valiant efforts to shelter, care for, and try to find homes for the dozens of animals that arrive at our door each week.
Why call six contractors?
Regarding the person who commented yesterday about not getting a response from local contractors. The writer comments that they have called six contractors for bids. Why would you call six contractors for bids in the first place? Could it be that they are looking for the cheapest station wagon bandit they can find? Most small legitimate contractors, carrying proper insurance cannot make enough money at $25 to support their businesses, let alone pay a decent wage and benefits for their help. This is due to a high overhead. Single man band contractors should be the most expensive, as they have only themselves earning money to meet their overhead, compared with contractors having many employees. Perhaps this is why contractors are hard to find, either they have gone out of business or are going out of business whether they know it or not.
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