In 1961 the town of Brainerd offered an incentive program called Build Brainerd, Inc. Various incentives were used to attract new companies to Brainerd. Larson Manufacturing was one of the companies that came from Chicago. They manufactured a variety of products, one of them being automatic door mats. Fortyeight years later with a new name and owner the company still exists as Larco. My question is what are the towns of Brainerd and Baxter doing to attract new good-paying manufacturing jobs to the area?
More service industry jobs won't pay the bills for someone trying to raise a family.
They don't deserve to hold office
On July 22, the Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, submitted by Sen. John Thune, South Dakota. This amendment was to ensure that all states with right-to-carry permit processes would recognize the permits of non-residents. Currently, the state recognition of handgun permits is done individually, is complex, inconsistent, and subject to change, making it difficult for permitted citizens to monitor. The vote was 58 for, and 39 against, but the measure did not become part of the legislation as the senate process calls for 60 votes to approve an amendment.
While it was within their power to ensure passage, Senators Klobuchar and Franken both voted against this amendment. In spite of Minnesota having one of the most comprehensive and citizen-friendly permit to carry laws in the nation, our two senators voted against extending law-abiding Minnesota citizens' right to self-defense. Neither of these politicians deserves to hold office.
Check out global warming claim
It looks like about half of our global scientists agree the human cause of global warming is greatly overstated. There are way too many articles that deal with science, actual measurements and world climate history to say most all scientists agree with the current political analysis. Anyone interested in this topic should go to PETESPLACE on the Web. Another one would be Wegman report on the climate audit. From 1940 to the 1970s data shows the earth was cooling noticeably when heavy industries, inefficient automobiles and rail trains were producing carbon dioxide at never before levels. During that period the earth temperatures were actually cooling. Some of the scientists then predicted we were going into an ice age era and we should prepare for much cooler temperatures. They blew their credibility with many of the scientist communities. Now they're presenting gloom and doom about human caused carbon dioxide warming the earth.
If carbon dioxide warming is caused by humans we could fix that in a hurry but many of the people of gloom and doom will be against getting the majority of energy from nuclear reactors. If we could replace three Minnesota coal-fired electrical power with nuclear power we could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions more than all is produced by all the cars, trucks and buses in Minnesota. The Becker power plant produces over 40 million pounds of carbon dioxide per day! If all our power was generated by nuclear energy each family could see a $800 savings per year. Go to the Web to look at some of the large scientific reports liberal papers have avoided talking about. A few Web sites are:
Pete's Place, or Akasofu Testimony, or Earth's Climate History, or The Astronomical Theory of Climate Change. Take a look at these plus several others.
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The other side of the story
In response to the letter published on July 27. I would like to hear the rest of the story, especially that of the police officer, deputy sheriff, state trooper, DNR enforcement or whoever chased down, harassed and embarrassed someone. I believe that if you don't drink and drive, follow too closely, pass on the right or speed and if you do yield to pedestrians you should have no fear of being followed, stopped and visited with.
I am personally aware that many times a routine traffic stop for license plate lights, brake lights, obscured plates, etc. result in discovering individuals wanted on outstanding warrants, underage drinking, numerous narcotics violations, DWI's, and on and on.
I am not now nor have I ever been employed in law enforcement, but I consider it a privilege to have many members of this profession as friends.
Statistics don't mean squat
This is in response to the so-called statistician that previously provided us traffic accident death statistics. According to his statistics, 126 people died while not wearing seatbelts, and 180 people died while wearing seatbelts. He then concluded it was safer not to wear your seatbelt. I'm guessing that the state's 87 percent seatbelt compliance rate wouldn't be one of the many variables you would need to figure into the statistic.
I guess you really don't need to go to college to be a statistician since all the other variables that are usually used to determine a trend apparently aren't needed. I guess anyone can formulate a statistic.
I think I will try one. In 2008, Minnesota had 455 traffic deaths. Of all those deaths 163 were alcohol related and 292 were not. By using his method of determining statistics it is apparent that your chances of dying in a traffic accident are less if you have been drinking alcohol in excess of the legal limit.
Now just so those in their right mind don't get confused, all the numbers you see here don't tell us squat. Do your own research and see for yourself that seatbelts save lives, and drinking and driving kills.
A driver's license is not a right
In Tuesday's paper a Fort Ripley writer expresses the loss of civil rights in regards to the new seat belt law. I'm not taking sides with either the state or the writer, however, driving and having a driver's license is not a civil right that is granted to us. It is a privilege that we have to earn and work to keep. If we choose not to follow the laws and regulations put forth with the privilege of driving then there are consequences. Again, I'm not taking sides on the issue of seat belts, but being a responsible adult and parent I will follow the law as I enjoy my privilege of having my driver's license.
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