Seems to me, it sure is easy to jump on the Blame Bob Olson Bandwagon now days. This does not change the ongoing issues or create an active solution to foolish over-runs or oversights created through poor cost analysis. It only creates further controversy and creates a hostile work environment. I would hope council members could speak their minds freely as guaranteed by the Constitution and as it directly involves ongoing issues concerning local government and Brainerd taxpayers.
I think we are all entitled to our opinions and council members should try to overlook unfavorable comments and focus on the problems at hand. These issues are not going to go away, but as time passes, create an unfavorable firestorm of debate between Brainerd citizens who look to the city council for leadership and wisdom. When it comes to our future and expansion of this fair city, we begin to challenge the leadership and direction certain council members employ to further their planning agendas at an increased property tax increment of 25 percent. When spending becomes wantonly wasteful, without having increased revenue available, an accounting must be made to us taxpayers. If Mr. Olson, or another board member brings this to our attention, we are grateful for the knowledge rather than let the city taxpayers suffer unfairly. Keep it up Bob.
Stephen D. Luoma
In response to the letter of 9-18-03, the writer went into great explanation of MCCL's arrogance with an example of a young girl who conceived because of rape. Although I certainly empathize with the plight of the young girl, I have to ask, in all fairness, how does procuring an abortion solve or help the problem? The baby that the young girl is carrying is also a part of her, which means the child may be carrying her eye color, her hair color, her talents, disposition, etc. and she would, in a sense, be killing a part of herself. Sure it's a horrible experience to be raped, but no matter if she carries the child full term or not, she will experience the pain of a terrible crime, killing the child she is carrying will only add to the pain she is already experiencing. It may very well be that the love and innocence that child embodies will help heal the traumatic pain she has experienced. You speak of being judgmental. Are you not judging in your assumption that the young girl would blame the innocent child and must have an abortion?
Foreign farm bill
In the Aug. 24 editorial, Morrison County Record, Rep. Greg Blaine stated that families from Holland wanting to come to the U.S. and own a farm could not. That is not true. If that family wanted to become a citizen and follow the laws, pay the taxes and be treated the same as all citizens of Minnesota there is nothing stopping them from coming and purchasing a farm. I believe we need to focus on the needs of our district and our citizens first.
Yes we have many vacant farms but when the government wants to control whether or not you save seeds to plant during the next season and our representatives chose to give control to higher government there is a problem. We need greater local control, who knows better than the residents what is needed for their communities. The foreign farm bill is not beneficial to the residents of District 12B and the state of Minnesota at this time. We need representation that addresses the problems here and now.
Debra Copa Nagel
(The author ran for the District 12B House seat in 2002)
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