I want to thank the Brainerd City Council for their brave and astute decision to not change the bar closing ordinance from 1 to 2. We, all the citizens of the Brainerd community, feel indebted to you for the example you have set for our young people, for the concern you have shown to our chief of police and his force, and for the lives you have saved by not approving this immoral ordinance. It was heartwarming to see democracy in action and feel its positive results so immediately. It is a shame that the editorial board of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch cannot take part in this joyful result. A very special thanks to Mary Koep and Anne Nelson Fisher who joined us from the beginning.
Robert W. McClellan
There were two letters to the editor that I would like to add my approval vote: the letter regarding gasoline prices and the letter about where the dollars should come from to make sure that we have preserved space for everyone to enjoy in the future.
The economy is not apt to get out of the doldrums until consumers are willing to act as a unit in opposition to higher and higher prices. If you notice pricing techniques are in the form of rebates and sales, with no real intention of price rollbacks; which means that prices are intended to remain where they are now even if the economy should take a turn for the better.
It would seem that the county would take a more active role in acquiring land and encourage land development, because who in the long run benefits most when the value in the tax base increases. I think the city of Brainerd sees the big picture and is having difficulty in getting the resources to extend its borders in a number of potentially big tax base properties.
These are only a couple of issues facing the government bodies in this rapidly growing area. One needs only to look at the employment section of this paper to realize that this area is growing faster than the availability of workers.
While some small businesses may not directly benefit from a superstore, and others may even close, one must still assess the superstore benefit to the community as a whole.
How many people are employed by the small businesses and what are the wages and benefits? The idea of poor pay without benefits is not a new or up north trend. That problem has been here for years.
The predatory prices of Wal-Mart would afford persons on low fixed incomes the opportunity to shop and buy things they may not otherwise have. Under one roof shopping is certainly a boon for those with mobility difficulties.
The dollars spent (and earned) will spread out into the community. A Wal-Mart supercenter employs 300 to 500 persons, and has a benefit package that includes above minimum wages, 401K, stock options, sick and personal leave and medical insurance as well.
Yes we do need real jobs and opportunities in our community. So while we're at it why not encourage a Sam's Club?
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