The Wednesday "Open Forum" contained an article entitled "No Smoking Allowed". Give me a break.
If I go to have brats chances are I drove my car. That put out the toxic emissions of a few cartons of smokes. Then I'm there getting my brat ... cooked on an open grill, which was (God help us) cooked in smoldering glory on said grill (another few cartons worth of smoke). Oh yeah, I forgot, I had ham for breakfast (which was cured in the smoke equivalent to several dozen cartons worth of smokes).
Then we have this "Evil Woman" having a cigarette in her free moments, contaminating everything around her. As my science memory serves me heat rises as does smoke. So unless this "Evil Denizen of the Dark Realm" is smoking directly under the food table, or right under the grill (Heat doesn't bother Evil) there would be no chance of contamination.
These constant complaining do-gooders make my behind tired. These are the same people that will bring their child into a store or restaurant and turn them loose and use only "Talk Therapy" to make them mind. (I have hearing aids that I can turn off, so I don't have to listen to them "Mind"). They are also the same ones that sit right beside me on the airplane ... drinking their disgusting, repulsive booze. I would rather smell a cigar (ish) than to smell that garbage, but there is no provision for a "No Drinking Area". Drinking is still "Politically Correct" (just "still" though).
Personally, I guess I'll be glad when they finally squeeze we smokers out. Just think of the multi-millions of dollars in tax revenue the state will lose every year, I must correct myself, that the state will have to make up someplace else. Then listen to the new Minnesota sound, "The Do-Gooder Howl" because they will finally have the privilege of paying their share of those taxes that we smokers have been paying all of for years.
My opinion of the Holy-Holy Do-Gooders is defiantly at an all time low. I am a courteous, thoughtful person but when one of the above insults me, and attempts to make me feel like I am a second-class citizen they are told in no uncertain terms to buzz off. (Except not nearly that nice).
We smokers need to be heard.
After several months of construction, closed lanes, and traffic delays, where is the improvement of the intersection of Highway 210 and 371 North? The merge lane from Highway 210 eastbound, to 371 North, has made virtually non-existent! Where a turn lane is desperately needed eastbound on Excelsior into Little Dukes/Cashwise, none exists. There are numerous bottlenecks, and fender benders in that area. I fail to see any improvements whatsoever, and shudder to think about how many of our tax dollars were spent on this project.
Your paper advertised at the Crow Wing County Fair, there were to be free rides for handicapped persons on the Midway from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
I brought my daughter Paula there at 10:30 and there were no rides running. I asked several workers and they didn't know anything about it.
Please don't advertise something and not follow through on it. My daughter was very disappointed and I was wishing we hadn't come at all.
Manipulation of facts
The campaign season has obviously begun. That became clear while I was reading the Aug. 2 attack letter. Unfortunately, this is nothing more than election-year partisan manipulation of the facts.
The charge that I oppose the right to carry arms is ridiculous. The NRA (National Rifle Association) has given me an "A" rating since I was elected. I also have authored "Right to Bear Arms" amendments in the past and strongly support the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.
As far as my vote on the right to hunt and fish, I did vote against an amendment in 1998 that would have replaced the word "privilege" with the word "right" because, legally, the two words mean the same thing the change threatened to derail the vote in the House. The writer, however, failed to mention that I voted for the final version of the bill when it came back from conference committee with the word "right" included. I have also been a leader and strong advocate for our environment and hunting and fishing rights during my tenure. I know how much hunting and fishing mean to our area and state and have fought to increase hunting and fishing opportunities since my first day in office.
There are other charges in the letter that I would like to address in the future. Unfortunately, I'm limited in the number of words I can include in one letter. For the time being, however, I hope my constituents will consider the source and remember that I always vote for what I truly believe is in the best interests of my constituents and our district.
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