As I stand in the picket line after being a state worker for 32 years with my brothers and sisters, we are watching the National Guard roll by with smug looks on their faces as they cross the line in laundry trucks and vans to help crush our bid for a fair contract. There are certain rumors I am hearing and would like cleared up by the state.
Fact or rumor: The guard are getting paid $15 an hour. If this is a fact why didn't they get paid Guard wages or $8 or $10 an hour? I bet they didn't have to bargain for their wages.
Fact or rumor: The National Guard are being put up at local motels. If this is a fact why weren't they put up at the Armory or in the empty buildings at Brainerd Regional Human Services Center?
Fact or rumor: The National Guard is eating at local restaurants. If this is a fact why not have them eat at the dining room of Brainerd Regional Service Center or at the Brainerd Armory?
Fact or rumor: This is suppose to save taxpayers dollars. If this is a fact then how come it's costing around $200,000 a day during the strike to support The Guard?
In conclusion I would like to hear the answers to these questions from the state. I don't have time to find the answers for myself, because I am on the picket line trying to get a fair contract.
State worker and former
National Guard member
Much needed wastewater treatment is a given. A recent writer appears credible, until he states, a six million dollar grant "won't cost local or state taxpayers a dime." Just what orchard would the writer have politicians pick this grant money from?
Washington grant money comes only from taxpayers. Oberstar didn't print this $6 million, it was confiscated from working taxpayers.
The seniors at the Brainerd Lakes Area Activity Center strongly object to the idea that Lutheran Social Services has decided to infringe upon our program by asking Country Kitchen and Service Drug to get involved with the Diner's Club service. Our program at the Brainerd Activity Center has been in existence for more than 22 years and we are very satisfied with our program. We strongly urge you to deny LSS their request to use your facility to go into direct competition with our program for seniors that is already well established and does not use any taxpayer dollars! Those tax dollars can be used for other senior services. Thank you for your understanding.
and 94 other signatures
Get back to God
Now is the time for all of God's people to come to the aid of our country. Even as I write this on Oct. 7, we just got the breaking news about Afghanistan. Regardless of what happens there, we will all continue to need the help of God and each other.
Ever since Sept. 11, I'm sure most of us have been thinking more serious thoughts than usual. Why did it happen? Perhaps only God knows why. But it did happen!
So, what can we do to honor God and also help ourselves? For starters we can think in terms of what is Biblically correct, rather than politically correct.
With the holidays coming up we could send money to New York and other needy places so that some could enjoy a bountiful meal that might not otherwise be possible.
At Thanksgiving time let's call it just that and spend time reflecting on what we still have to be thankful for, and let's not call it "Turkey Day" -- that takes away from the real meaning and purpose of our Thanksgiving Day.
At Christmas time those who have a problem finding something for that "one who has everything," let them send a gift to someone who has lost so much. And let us put the Christ of the Cross back in Christmas.
And let us celebrate it in our schools the way it should be. If one or two or a few object, let them know that we live in a democracy where majority rules.
If we are still here for New Year's Day, let us thank God for His protecting and sustaining hand.
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