Speaking of handing over more federal tax dollars to ACORN, House Republican Marty Seifert tried to amend on March 26 the bill that would spell out how to spend stimulus money in Minnesota. Seifert's amendment would have blocked access to ACORN. Walker Representative Larry Howes voted for the amendment. Brainerd's John Ward and Royalton's Al Doty voted against the amendment. Taxpayers should know where their money is going, don't you think?
David Allan Pundt
Wreaths across America
It is with great pleasure that again this year, the Crow Wing Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will sponsor the Wreaths Across America Program at the Minnesota State Veterans cemetery, Little Falls (Camp Ripley). On Dec.12, 2009, we (CAP members) will lay wreaths on the headstones of our fallen soldiers. Through the generous contribution last year of our local citizens, we were able to put about 70 wreaths on grave markers at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. It is our hope, this year, to surpass that number by a wide margin. We ask that you join us by purchasing one of more wreaths through our local CAP Squadron.
Dale C. Armstrong
We don't like your plan
An open Letter to President Obama:
I have a story for you. There was a dog food company that spent a lot of money developing what they thought was a superior dog food but it wasn't selling. The CEO of the company called a meeting of all his sales people. He told them that they weren't getting the news out about the superiority of their product. After a long pep talk he said, "So, why isn't it selling?" Then one of the sales people raised their hand and said "Sir, the dogs don't like it." Mr. Obama, we don't like your health care plan.
I understand that 15 percent need a health care plan. Find one for them, and leave those of us who are OK with our plan alone.
Marian E. Chell
U.S. chamber ads criticized
Have you seen the big ads from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticizing Obama's health care efforts?
It appears the organization is siding with the health insurance industry rather than with ordinary American citizens who keep this economy going through thick and thin.
One could ask are the local chambers of commerce supporting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce advertising and political stance?
I would think the Chamber of Commerce would want reform so that the people have more money to spend in their constituents' businesses. In the future, if nothing is done to fix the insurance problem, there will be less money to spend in the local chambers' businesses.
Still, would not the chambers also want their own and constituents' employees to have affordable and quality healthcare without giving their premium dollars to the health insurance companies and their CEOs?
In this battle, all the common folks have is their votes against those who oppose these modest efforts in healthcare. However, in frustration the general consumers could choose not to spend their hard-earned dollars at businesses that are working against this one-time chance to improve a life with real health care reform.
M. Fritz Bertelt
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