What is it that people want for our society in fighting taxes, lowering the quality of school maintenance? Eliminating those irrelevant art classes? Less special education? More homeless families? Fewer nursing homes? More older people eating dog food so they can purchase insulin? More potholes to navigate thus justifying our SUVs? Fewer police officers and fire fighters? Fewer health benefits for our veterans or our children? Lower salaries for people who care for our children, our parents, the mentally ill?
If a person truly believes that a part of their taxes is used to pay for an immoral purpose let that person withhold that exact portion of their tax as a form of civil disobedience. Many who argue that war is evil withhold what they call a "war tax," putting the share of taxes that directly supports the military into an escrow account to be used in defending their actions. This is at least a way of taking personal responsibility for one's choices and not destroying the fabric of our "common-wealth."
Kerry is being overwhelmed
Senator Kerry is finally being overwhelmed by decent, common-sensical, deep-thinking Americans.
Shaw takes stand for jobs
Ed Shaw takes a stand for good jobs! Ed Shaw took a stand for our jobs, when others would not. Creating new, middle class jobs and not replacing the ones we already have with low wage jobs is important to Ed. We respect Ed Shaw and his values.
Mike and Paxie Imsdahl
Samuelson for District 12A
Don Samuelson's legislative efforts concerning such issues as the Central Lakes College expansion, rural Minnesota's health care problems, and the protection of municipal water supplies from pollutants are noteworthy.
Highly experienced and attuned to voter concerns, Samuelson merits being elected as Minnesota's District 12A representative on Nov. 2.
Elaine Jensen Chesley
Bush sides with the rich
President Bush has made bulk purchasing of prescription drugs and drugs imported from Canada illegal.
At every turn he sides with the rich at the expense of the middle class.
To say that this president is "likeable" is insulting. President Bush should not only be fired, he should be prosecuted.
It's time for change
Mark O'Day -- Councilman for 12 years.
Lucy Nesheim -- Councilwoman for 16 years.
They have both supported a tax-and-spend policy and favored special interests.
Brainerd citizens, now it's time to change the tax-and-spend philosophy and special interest voting record these two have demonstrated over these past years.
The choice for president is clear
Vote President George W. Bush if you're "pro-life," believe marriage should be between "one man and one woman," that law-abiding citizens have a Constitutional right to own guns for protection/hunting, support accountability in our schools.
Standing for freedom and promoting liberty builds a strong America and a safer world.
St. Andrew's problem
Please bear with me. This may seem a bit jumbled up. I was watching the news today and was taken by the sight of a small country church being hauled down the road. It seemed that the small rural church had lost so many of its members it was time to close, and so they had offered their church to another group of people that had a great need for a church.
Now at St. Andrew's in Brainerd we have a similar but different problem. We have a beautiful church and house full of loyal parishioners; but our religious sect (Catholic) has not produced enough clergy to keep it open. It would seem a logical solution to ask if there is perhaps a sect that would be willing to take us over. I know much of this must be our fault because there must have been an all parish vote conducted, perhaps when we were away; because we surely would not have condoned the idea that bigger is better.
We surely would not be a burden to a new sect; our building is all paid for.
It is not the intention of this letter to cause trouble or to propose solutions; however I do believe, since we the parishioners of St. Andrews have built and paid for our parish we should not let anyone take it away from us because "bigger is better," or because our property is more "commercially saleable."
Republicans backed by MCCL
Republicans receive 100 percent rating with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. State Rep. (candidate), Paul Gazelka (District 12A); State Rep. Greg Blaine (District 12B); State Rep. Larry Howes (District 4B); U.S. House of Representatives, Mark Groettum (Eighth Congressional District, candidate) and President George W. Bush. Vote for the children Nov. 2.
How low can it go?
Regarding the Oct. 15, Bob Olson Dispatch ad -- Why comment on Gene Goedker's years of service on the Brainerd City Council and his past voting record when Gene is not running for office? To discredit Kevin's campaign? How low can Brainerd city politics go?
Vote for Don Samuelson for 12A
Don Samuelson has never disappointed us with his votes. As a Democrat he is pro-life. Yes, open-minded and respectful of others, he is not a one-issue candidate. Certainly, based on his experience he will effectively represent our economic, educational, social, and moral values. Vote for Don on Nov. 2.
Judy and M. Fritz Bertelt
Sen. Dayton 'bugs out'
Over 50 years ago, shortly after sundown in a far away land, combatants of a different kind of war all too often listened to the confusing -- mind boggling -- frightening, loud speaker amplified sound of bugles and cymbals signaling the attack of wave after endless wave of Chinese and North Korean troops. The sheer numbers of the enemy sometimes resulted in positions being over-run with men being lost and captured. Yes, in the heat of hard combat, occasionally a man did break and run for his life. This was called "bugging out" and often resulted in court martial proceedings.
Now we hear of one U.S. senator temporarily closing his Washington office after reading a "frightening" report on the possibility of pre-election terrorist attacks. I must admit, the words "bug out" entered my mind pretty quick - even after 53 years.
I think I'll go outside after sundown and listen for bugles and cymbals. I might be missing something.
M. R. Thune
Nasty political letters reappearing
Unfortunately, one of the signs of an upcoming election is the increasing appearance of nasty letters personally attacking people in office and their opponents. Rather than promoting their own stand on issues, some candidates during this part of the campaign begin using smear tactics.
This is the case with the recent series of letters directed toward me and others by the "Faction of Four." Perhaps the "Faction of Four" should sell themselves and their ideas and not focus on how much they can negatively and inaccurately downgrade the other person. As you read these letters, consider the timing and the source, and brace yourself for more negative letters with misleading statements, half-truths, and gross exaggerations.
For Brainerd's portion of the tax rate, we've ranked average. The total tax rate and city tax rate is lower than the average in the region. In all cities over 2,500 population, 82 percent have a higher total tax rate than Brainerd's. The council has been prudent in its financial decisions.
If you have any questions about my campaign or need clarification about my record, please feel free to call me at 829-4600.
Thanks once again for giving me the opportunity to serve our city.
Brainerd City Council
Candidate Alderman for Ward 1
Vote for those who have no voice
One recent letter submitted stated that to cast a ballot for a candidate based upon a single issue, such as abortion, is not to be done. It is most solemnly understood that any person who would not recognize and uphold the rights of the innocent who are unable to speak for themselves, truly would not recognize nor uphold your rights if you became unable to speak for yourself. Therefore, may all who have a voice that is heard most solemnly understand the need to vote for only those candidates who recognize and uphold the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society, knowing that their right to life was recognized and upheld.
Ribbons aren't expensive
I would just like to say a quick thank you to the person/persons who took my breast cancer and God Bless the USA ribbons off my truck while I was at Perkins on Oct. 18, between 8:50 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. If you are that cheap that you can't buy your own, they are less then $3 a piece at Wal-Mart.
President Bush is pro-life
President George W. Bush supports legal protection for unborn children and their mothers. He signed the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act into law. He opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortions.
President Bush believes: "All life is sacred and worthy of protection." We must re-elect President Bush on Nov. 2.
Think before you vote
The gang of four are up to their tricks again. By referring to "Mr. Goedker" in their ads they infer Kevin Goedker was responsible for decisions made during previous years. Besides, many of the votes listed took place after "I" left office. Voters, please think before you vote.
Gene L. Goedker
Bush's tax policies
The frequent letter writer from Pequot Lakes is concerned that a Kerry presidency would mean higher taxes, more government intervention and redistribution of wealth. Bush has handed out huge tax cuts (with 53 percent going to the top 10 percent and only 14 percent going to lower and middle income earners.) But what most people don't understand is that these "cuts" are really a deferred tax. We are running huge deficits as far as the eye can see thanks to Bush's huge growth in government, a misdirected war and tax cuts. The gentleman from Pequot is apparently more than happy to accept his free lunch and pass the cost to future generations.
While he doesn't want the government intervening in his life he would intervene in a woman's right to make a personal, private, moral decision on abortion.
Finally, on redistribution of wealth, the only redistribution in this country is from the poor and middle class to the rich.
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