As military casualties from mines mounted in Iraq I often wondered why our government did not buy "off the shelf" mine resistant vehicles from South Africa, which has pioneered and built such vehicles since the 1970s. They were used by civilian security contractors so their use was known by our government and military. Instead, we belatedly up-armored the ubiquitous Humvee and still watched our casualties mount. The powers who decided went ahead and started a program to reinvent the wheel with a totally new "MRAP" (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle. No, finally, our secretary of defense has made this program a top priority. What took so long? Someone should be held accountable for this fiasco. MRAP should stand for "Militaries Responses Aren't Pretty."
Playing the 'ticket game'
It was nice to hear from the writer who voiced her opinion about the "crooked license plate" episode that she experienced with her local law enforcement official. These happenings are all too common and more than probably, true.
There is a large pay increase for the supervisory positions in law enforcement and there are certain steps one must take to get one of these positions. One must write lots of tickets. One must do something odd or strange to gain the attention of one's supervisor. One must let his supervisor know that he is actively seeking a supervisory position. It is also very helpful to have some "political pull" - someone who will put in a good word for you.
What writing a lot of tickets has to do with becoming a supervisor has always baffled me. One should instead have skills in "personnel management" or have acquired training in "human developmental" skills - not ticket writing.
So this is the kind of police we have to live with. Thankfully, there are still a few out there that still believe in treating people in a frugal and caring manner.
If only police would treat people in a manner that they would like to be treated, we wouldn't have to put up with this.
More people should call in or write to the law enforcement agency to make their concerns known as to how they were treated. It's a ticket game out there, mainly as a way to get an advancement in rank.
Voice your complaints by way of "Open Forum" or "Vox Pop." It might do some good but I doubt it. It's like fighting city all - You usually don't get anywhere.
Roger L. Anderson
Voters should consider biblical facts
After reading that commentary in the Brainerd Dispatch published on July 18, 2007, page 4A, entitled, "Jumping Through Religious Hoops" where the writer goes on to say, "There are some things voters don't need to know about candidates." In this "politically correct information age" one has to wonder where a commentator like that could be coming from or going to. That commentator doesn't seem to be too knowledgeable about what the Bible tells us.
When we talk about Christ, faith, God or heaven (the writer doesn't mention hell or sin) personal relationships with God, prayer, or the salvation issue, what that writer, or your or I, or anyone else might comment on, doesn't really matter. We need to go to the Bible for information at a time like this.
The bible teaches us that many important things will pass out of existence, but the bible, which is God's word to us, will always be there. The Bible teaches that God did send His Son in the form of Baby Jesus at Christmas time. He grew up and performed many miracles establishing the fact that he was the Christ, the son of God. Sinful people crucified him on a cruel cross. At Easter time God raised Him from the dead in the Resurrection and took him back to heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God hearing us when we pray to Him.
The Bible plainly teaches that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life (salvation through His finished work.)
All political candidates and all of us voters need to consider these Biblical facts and much more when we go to the polls and in our daily lives.
Monster Ears to be offered at fair
"You lucky people, you're in for a treat because our Monster Ears are good to eat."
Crow Wing Squadron of Civil Air Patrol will be serving the ever famous and delicious mouth-watering finger-licking good "Monster Ears," along with icy cold milk, water and soda pop at the Crow Wing County Fair on Tuesday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 4.
"Don't miss this delectable treat. You know these 'giants' can't be beat. If you've had one before, we're quite sure you'll be coming back for more!"
You'll find us in the same spot as years past, the back end of the Food building which is located in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.
We'll see you fair week. "Be there on time, because with Monster Ears, there's always a line!"
Cadet/2nd Lt. Tim Jensen, Cadet Commander
Crow Wing Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol
Just roll over and go back to sleep
After reading your second letter about noisy bikes I am compelled to respond.
First of all you should check your facts. Just because a bike disrupts your "nap" doesn't mean it is illegal. The noise (or music) is measured by decibels and must exceed a certain level to be illegal. A bike that comes from the factory is street legal, pipes, noise and all. People may "modify" their bike and that may change the decibel level, or it may not.
Second, do you complain about the bikers that raise money by riding in benefit runs? Check around, you will fine many bike runs in the area that raise money for good causes like our Vets, disabled people, children's hospitals, cancer research..shall I continue? Not to mention the Minnesota Patriot Guard which is part of a national group.Their mission is to "Stand for Those Who Stood for Us". These people ride and support the families of our fallen soldiers. Check out www.patriotguard.org .
Last but not least, try "napping" by the Paul Bunyan Trail in the middle of winter. Living out in the peaceful, quiet country, I have been awakened by loud snowmobiles, with my windows shut and the TV on! I don't frown on them, I roll over, go back to sleep and dream about jumping on my bike and rumbling down the road in the spring!
Franken's jokes won't improve
Al Franken explained to an Otsego crowd of Democrats that his wife's absence was due to the fact that "When Vice President Cheney was president for two hours, (Are you ready for this?) he had her arrested." The vice president had Al's wife arrested! Get it? You see Al is a big time Hollywood star and Dick Cheney is an evil Republican. Hardy-har-har, knee slap, knee slap! That is Franken at the top of his game. What a funny guy. Unfortunately, this fourth grade humor of Al's is probably one of the best indicators of why he should be parking cars rather than trying to host a talk show or trying to pose as a comedian or trying to run for political office.
He wasn't funny on SNL and he was neither entertaining nor informative on Air-America. This might explain why he no longer appears on either and it should be painfully apparent to Al and his handlers.
This also might better explain why his wife chose not to appear with him in public.
Can you stand one more Franken joke? "We did 50 bean feeds, and it was a gas." Oh, Al, cut it out!
That's Al Franken at his absolute funniest and wisest and you can be sure it will never, ever get any better.
Stephen A. Busch
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