A recent writer doesn't know the U.N. He thinks it's a 'united for the good of all in the world" organization. He has only to look at the individual countries, their inept and selfish governments and know they belong for selfish gain.
Thank goodness we have an administration that sees it for what it is. We are the good guys! We are generous worldwide like no other nation.
Let's not let a Democrat make the U.S. a servant to the U.N.
The people living in Brainerd should be warned that a Minnesota DNR Fisheries manager has determined that in his best professional opinion a flood capable of putting the Brainerd papermill parking lot under 20 feet of water is a credible threat. At least that was his excuse for canceling the license I'd held for five years. I'm sure the ethics complaint I filed against a fellow high-ranking fisheries official just before the cancellation had nothing to do with his decision.
Then two years later the manager changed his excuse to the threat of 18-plus-inch rainfall. This year the manager claimed that a 24-plus-inch rainfall was a credible threat. The official Minnesota all-time record rainfall is 11 inches.
The region manager's actions have the complete support of the director of DNR Fisheries so I have filed a second formal complaint against the director. I have also filed a formal complaint against the manager. If the first ethics complaint in 2001 resulted in my license cancellation within six weeks of the complaint this next year should prove interesting.
Every person I've spoken with has had a hard time believing the unbridled arrogance of the DNR Fisheries so I have put many of the DNR documents on the Web. The site also has e-mail links to send comments to the DNR and the governor. The Web contains many DNR documents that clearly contradict previous DNR documents. When the going gets tough the tough just re-write history. Too bad for them I posted copies of the documents at www.mndnrdocuments.org .
Hopefully the quote "sunlight is the best disinfectant for bad government" holds true.
Get a mammogram
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! If you're a woman and you're getting older, your risk for breast cancer is increasing! For every year you grow older, you are at greater risk for developing breast cancer. Women, if you're over 40 years old, have you had a mammogram in the past year?
Hopefully the pink ribbon Campaign will remind you to take time to take care of yourself so you can be there for those who need you. It doesn't matter if you think breast cancer doesn't run in your family -- four out of five of us didn't have any breast cancer in our family. It doesn't matter if your doctor didn't recommend it -- you need to take responsibility to ask. It doesn't matter if you breast fed or not, there's no guarantee of immunity. No, the exposure to radiation will not cause cancer-the amount of radiation is refined to less than you get outdoors in Minnesota. No, finances should not be a barrier. The Minnesota Breast and Cervical Cancer Control program has generous income guidelines if you don't have insurance that pays in full for the exam and mammogram. Call 218-824-1080 to determine if you're eligible and get the exam and mammogram. The earlier a problem is detected, the better the outcome (and the lesser the cost). A million and a half women in the U.S.. are now survivors!
Men, if you have a woman in your life such as a girlfriend, wife, mother, sister or daughter, please remind them to see their doctor in October for a breast exam and mammogram. One appointment can keep her in your life longer!
So if you have been putting it off, make October your target date for your exam and mammogram.
Arvilla Felten, PHN
Crow Wing County Health Department
Not buying it
Wal-Mart sells a lot of garbage but this time they have gone over the top. Last weekend they tried to sell the image of a company concerned with women by hosting a "women's health symposium" at our local Wal-Mart. This decision may have come in effort to save face for all of their discrimination and maltreatment of women throughout the world.
Currently four Minnesota women are seeking a lawsuit on behalf of 63,000 current and former workers. They contend that workers were forced to work without pay to meet productivity standards. Similar lawsuits are being brought forth nationwide. California is currently in a lawsuit involving 46,000 women due to discriminatory practices such as women being excluded from promotions and women being paid less than men in similar positions. Nationwide, men hold 90 percent of all Wal-Mart management positions and 72 percent of hourly "associates" are women making $6.50 an hour or less. This puts many women below the federal poverty line, and in fact, over half of all employees could qualify federal food stamps. The average employees make only $18,000 a year and just two out of five employees can afford the health insurance, which leaves many women and children without coverage. This insurance does not cover contraceptives and there is currently a lawsuit in Georgia regarding this. Women in some Wal-Mart-contracted factories in other countries fare worse. These women are forced to take birth control and if pregnant they are required to have an abortion. This is well documented and Wal-Mart Corp. is well aware of these practices, yet they do nothing. So now if you still believe what Wal-Mart is peddling, call me, I've got some ocean-front property in Arizona I'm looking to sell.
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