I had the occasion to drive south on S. Fourth Street toward the courthouse this past Thursday night. I thought that the front suspension of my vehicle was going to depart when I drove across the railroad track crossing.
Later I noticed (the hard way) that there is a sunken manhole cover , in the inside eastbound lane of E. Washington Street at 13th Street. What a tank trap that one is. And, there is a mate to it a bit further east.
Is anybody responsible driving over these suspension-destroying hazards without doing something about them? With regard to "how to fix" manholes, take a trip to Ironton. Somebody there knew how to do the job.
Does W. stand for wrong?
I have written, that we could not have peace in the world until Israel began to treat the Palestinians as people, and the U.S. would fully support a world dedicated to law and order.
On 9/13/01, I wrote that the perpetrators of the 9/11 crime, were dead, but we had to aggressively enhance and use the world government and the world court, to bring those that aided and abetted them to justice, to do it any other way was to be a Milosevic or an Ariel Sharon. But we did, use the tactics of an Ariel Sharon and Milosevic, and offended those foreign statesmen, who on 9/12 said we are all Americans now. We are bigger and stronger than Sharon, but we will suffer the same fate in the end, if we do not change from the policies of hate and fear, to World Law and Order, of a Humanist bent.
I wrote about economics, and the need for a level playing field, one that would support the buying public. But the far right, in their ultimate faith, believe in evolution in economics, where-in, only the rich and powerful deserve to survive and prosper. I added, the fact that our present world corporations will make it very difficult for even rational humanist government to restore a solid economy.
I wrote about our existence on this host planet, But the far right in their ultimate faith, dismiss the earths assets, living, organic, and mineral being part of our moral values. For as chosen, they will be cared for.
We have a decision to make, and I do hope, we have enough people who are moral humanists in their thinking, to vote, for a more acceptable and sustainable future.
Dennis G. Gordon
Barb Wells for Baxter council
Experience, dedication, knowledge, these are all descriptive of incumbent councilperson Barb Wells who deserves to be re-elected to the Baxter City Council. Continuity is extremely important in carrying out the plans for Baxter's rapid growth. Barb Wells would be a major player in that continuity. We support her re-election!
Chuck and Barbara Watson
Vote for the fiscal conservative
In an article on Page 7A of Fridays Dispatch the Treasury Secretary John Snow is asking for in increase in the US debt ceiling. We do not need another four years of liberal spending that our children will have to pay. Vote for fiscal conservative John Kerry.
I have never served on the city council. It is appalling to see the misleading advertisements to the contrary, by the "Faction." If there were one among them who is decent, they should rectify this injustice. I plead to my competitor to stop the unethical practices. Let the truth prevail!
Kevin T. Goedker
(Goedker is a candidate for Ward 3 on the Brainerd City Council.)
Council should be open with citizens
As we all know, a president can only serve eight years in the White House. Why is it our city council can serve a lifetime? Twelve to 16 years is just too long.
For 16 years we've had a tax and spend agenda. They have voted against televising committee meetings, even voted against televising the 2005 budget workshop, saying that there would be "frank discussion".
Evidently they are not willing to be open with the citizens when spending tax dollars. It's our money..... don't we have a right to know what is going on in our own city?
Whose god should get top billing?
A recent contributor to this feature expressed the view that in spite of the fact the U.S. has a secular constitution that defines our secular state, god should be an integral part of our governance. This begs some questions. To which god is he referring? Our libraries presently describe about 20,000 gods. If he is referring to the "Christian" god we still do not have any clear, unequivocal definition of "god."
For centuries self authenticating "Christians" have been slaughtering each other over what, or who, god is. This has been the most divisive and bloody issue in Western Civilization for over two millennia. The early Christians labeled each other as heretics and were profoundly at odds over what god is. Christians killed each other over their differences of opinion.
The Catholics and the Protestants both claim to possess absolute truth and both think the other is wrong. Among over 2000 identified Protestant denominations, there are profound differences over who, or what, god is. We can imagine the brouhaha, followed by inevitable bloodshed, that would result if one denomination's god would be endorsed by our government to the exclusion of all others.
Then too, there is the Muslim god to factor into the equation. Hoo Boy!
This is precisely why our Founding Fathers, in their considerable wisdom, decided that they would avoid endorsing any particular religion so that all citizens could observe whatever religion they chose, or not to observe any religion. This way, all minorities could enjoy freedom of conscience and practice without being concerned about governmental persecution that would follow, if one religion is endorsed over all others.
America was founded on the idea that government entangled with religion in any way is a very bad idea. Informed Americans still think so, for all the right reasons. (297 words)
Candidate forum to be broadcast
The Committee to Open City Government's Candidate Forum will air this Wednesday, Oct. 20 and Thursday Oct. 21 on Charter Television's channel 8. It will air both days from 5 to 7 p.m. and again from 8 to 10 p.m. Take this opportunity to get an in depth look at six of the 11 city council candidates running for the four Brainerd Council seats.
Kerry and war atrocities
Thank you for the story the Dispatch carried on page one, Oct 14, titled,"Ride of Honor." Those who are serving our country in places where their lives are in constant danger definitely deserve all the support and prayers we can give them. As a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, I know that the support our troops are getting today is very different from what those of us who served in the Vietnam conflict received. I wonder if people like Jane Fonda and John Kerry realize how what they were doing effected the morale of our troops. To give aid and comfort to an enemy during a conflict gives them the incentive to continue and thereby increases casualties.
My entire military career was spent in the army infantry. This included two deployments to Vietnam in 1968 and 1971. In the time I was there, not once did I witness or hear about the "War Crimes" that Kerry testified to before congress. To the contrary, I witnessed our soldier's reluctance to fire on women, children and other non-combatants. This reluctance, in many cases, caused casualties to our troops because those same women, children and old people were used by the Viet Cong in the same way they are being used in Iraq today. Weapons do not care who uses them, they still maim and kill. If Kerry did witness the things he said, then as an officer he had the duty to stop or at least to try to stop them. For a leader to stand by doing nothing while military regulations are being violated is a crime.
I am very curious as to why he was never questioned about this.
Gary H. Peterson
First sergeant (retired)
Tax Freedom Day was April 11
"Tax Freedom Day,"the day after which the money you earn comes to you, not to the government, was April 1 this year. This is the earliest it's been since 1991. The latest day ever was May 2, 2000.
John Kerry claims Americans actually pay more taxes under President Bush, despite the tax cuts. He gives no explanation and provides no data for this claim. He just puts out misinformation.
Both George Bush and John Kerry are wealthy. Bush owns only one home, his ranch in Texas. Kerry owns four mansions, all worth several million dollars. His ski resort home in Idaho is an old barn brought over from Europe in pieces. Not your average A-frame.
Bush paid $250,00 in taxes last year...Kerry paid $90,000. Does that sound right? The man who will raise your taxes if elected has obviously figured out a way from paying his "fair share."
Have you seen the Kerry commercial in which George Bush pledges to help seniors on Medicare, and "the very next day imposes the 17 percent premium increase--the biggest in history?" That bite will surely bring Kerry many votes from the frightened uninformed.
But, the 17 percent increase was not imposed by President Bush. It was mandated by the "balanced budget agreement" signed by President Clinton, voted into law by Senator Kerry and others, and was scheduled to come into effect during the Bush administration. President Bush had no authority to reverse what had been voted into law during Bill Clinton's administration.
Once again Kerry is counting on the ignorance of the
American people. Check the facts before you vote.
The freedom to be stupid
On Thursday, Oct. 14, at about 3:50 p.m., while sitting at Westside Cafe, two brats drove up, jumped out and stole a ribbon magnet off our car. You're probably thinking, it's just a ribbon, what's the big deal. Well, that ribbon was mine and it was special to me, you did not have the right to take it. It didn't cost much, but I bought it in New York at the army base my sons had just returned to after serving in the war.
We know what you look like and we know your car. Go ahead and keep that ribbon.
I can always get another one, just remember where you stole it from and think of all the brave soldiers who have died to give you the freedom to be stupid.
Watch my husband
I invite you to watch my husband, Mike Brusseau, at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, on Channel 8. He will discuss city issues and inform citizens why he should be elected to the city council.
He is a wonderful man and a loving person to his family and community.
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