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Bemidji had something Brainerd didn't
Bemidji's Fourth of July parade had something not permitted in Brainerd. Thirty protesters against U.S. policy in Iraq carried a large U.S. flag with signs reminding parade-goers that this country was founded on free speech and individual rights. The group was given a permit and treated with respect (an occasional catcall and thumbs down) along the parade route. It was moving to see people, many of whom were veterans, stand up and doff their hats for a flag they knew was carried in dissent. If tolerance is the essence of democracy, patriotism was on display in Bemidji.
How can you compare?
How can you compare a shopping center to an amusement park and call it progress? How can you tell me that putting up an amusement park will create progress in the agricultural land that is out in the Nokay Lake area? Yes, I am for progress, but let's make sure the progress is in the same direction that works for the community.
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