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What's the source?
Where does the (Open Forum) writer from Fort Ripley come up with his information ... to rewrite the truth? "It took blood liberating Germany and Japan ..." I was ... taught we were forced into World War II to defeat an enemy trying to conquer the world. "We transformed a Japanese culture that was every bit as tough and brutal ..." What would have happened if their emperor had decided to fight us? We have a different situation in Iraq. "Al Qaida ... claimed responsibility for the electrical blackout in New York." I read there was no terrorism involved. What is the source ...?
Innocent until proven guilty
Let's not say guilty until proven that. I for one don't agree with using 911 for what (Brainerd City Council member Gary) Scheeler thought was a threat. I mean, the poor man is blind. ... Use your head, not 911. This is one way they can keep him out of meetings? Was that their plan? Probably, who knows, but let's not jump to conclusions. A man is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
More feasible means
In a recent Vox Pop, it was suggested that we "did good by the women of Afghanistan." A more thorough investigation would shed more light on the current situation for women in Afghanistan. I've done much research on the topic, and according to many Afghan women, their fate is much worse since the United States started the war and left the country in chaos. The author suggests war as a means to eradicate violence against women. Certainly, there are much more feasible means of working for women's rights worldwide. Killing innocent women and children isn't one of them.
I was a longtime Brainerd resident and in the past few years have moved to Baxter. I sit and watch the Brainerd City Council meetings on television and start at one end of the table and proceed to the other. All I see is a bunch of embarrassing (people). All of them. ... Isn't it time to vote again? Brainerd residents take note. Get rid of all of them. How embarrassing it must be to have these (people) representing your town.
What's Bob about?
I hope everyone is watching The Dispatch very closely through this (Jeff) Czeczok/(Gary) Scheeler fiasco. This is exactly why it's hard to get people to run for or stay in local government, either volunteer or paid staff. Scheeler crossed (Bob) Olson. Olson has his regulars that start the phone calls and Open Forums to discredit the person. It's great Scheeler recorded his calls. ... "What's Bob About?" You're starting to see.
Boo to Baxter
Earlier this year a coalition of more than 400 small business owners in Taos, N.M., held a successful campaign to block a Wal-Mart Super Center. In other towns, small businesses are seeing their wages cut and ... jobs thrust out of the country. They are being ground underfoot by the giant corporation. The small businesses pay ... double what Wal-Mart pays. But they soon disappear after Wal-Mart comes to town. The residents voted 61-39 percent against the superstore in an advisory referendum before the city council voted it down. Great going, Taos. Boo to Baxter City Council.
Look at the statistics
Regarding your editorial in Friday's paper, Sept. 5, Sen. Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, needs to concentrate more on drivers with DUI and speeders instead of concentrating so hard on the elderly when it comes to accidents. Just look at the statistics.
Our Brainerd mayor doesn't rant and carry on about every issue (as do some of our area elected officials) but when he speaks, he speaks with the voice of leadership, wisdom and balance. Thank you, Mayor Wallin, for your guest editorial on Sept. 11, and telling us "the rest of the story." Two highly controversial city council members are up for re-election next year. I hope that area citizens will step forward to run against them and bring back some civility to our Brainerd city government.
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