Recently Mike Hatch took money away from Eat Smoke Free Coalitions for good reason. Richard Hurt and his group of prohibitionists have campaigned to outlaw smoking in towns, cities and restaurants. This along with Target Markets' attacks on the CEOs of tobacco companies have produced great amount of resistance and irritation by smokers and nonsmokers at this project. This public ballyhooing against smoking is superficial and demonstrates an appalling lack of understanding by Richard Hurt and his cronies about nicotine addiction. Blue Cross advertisements claim they can help people quit smoking when they don't want to quit. How can one make sense out of this nonsense?
As a recovering smoker I am no longer a slave, my actions are not controlled by the need to submit every 20 minutes to what was the cause of my stress, anger and fear. This has been replaced with clarity, courage, tranquility and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Since most smokers want to recover it is time the door of hope, understanding and compassion be opened and stop moralizing those who suffer from this addiction.
See you on the bus
Recently, I had the opportunity to use the Dial-A-Ride County bus service and I'll certainly be using it again.
For people who don't drive, this service provides us with the chance to escape from the city and visit other communities.
Depending on your friends and relatives for transportation can be a chore and a bore. After a while you hate to ask.
This service is important to the community and should be supported, considering the inevitable increase of the senior population.
Now that I have "wheels," I shall enjoy my independence -- I love it! See you on the bus!
Recent budget cuts have forced schools to cut programs or increase activity fees, often eliminating those who most need the activity. Activities shouldn't be considered "extra" -- they often keep kids interested in the curriculum. I'll vote for Lucy Nesheim so kids in our area can access many different educational opportunities.
Ruth T. Gordon
Searching for the ark
I can't believe people are looking for the Ark of the Covenant. The Bible does say where it is today. Revelation 11:19.
How much money?
How much is too much to spend for the Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Sewer District? According to John Schley, chairman of the sewer district, costs will soar above the 22 million expected last year. This cost is for around 800 hook-ups on the west side of Lake Mille Lacs, not including costs to the property owners to vacate their current system and costs to connect their homes and businesses to the stub along the sewer line.
According to Bob Szrot, project engineer for Wastewater Management Inc., more than 19 million will be spent for the sewage treatment plant and infrastructure to be owned by the Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission. Adding the two together, more than 41 million will be spent for the state of the art facility to serve Garrison area and the Mille Lacs Band.
Had the Mille Lacs Band and Garrison Sewer District gone to the federal government with these costs, how far would the project be today? Have we all been hoodwinked into thinking that the project was being funded by federal dollars so local taxpayers were off the hook? Guess again. We will all pay and dearly for this sewer system with our tax dollars.
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