The sanctimonious Rush Limbaugh is a drug addict and is checking himself in for treatment. He's been railing against drug users for years. In his own words, "If you do drugs you should be arrested, convicted and jailed." Here are a few more of his remarks: "Why should blacks be heard? They're 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?" On women: "Women vote with their vaginas." "Women were doing quite well before feminism came along." The day after Kurt Cobain committed suicide due to a drug problem, Limbaugh said, "Cobain was a worthless shred of human debris." Would Limbaugh have admitted his addiction if he hadn't been exposed? Fat chance. Sadly, many accept his misinformation, vituperation, and right-wing blather as truth and thereby deserve the title of "Dittoheads." That a media company pays this addict millions to spread his vitriol and hatred is an obscenity. So much for the "liberal" media.
Vote yes in Pillager
Pillager School District voters have an important question to ask themselves prior to voting on Nov. 4. What do you expect from your school in educating the children of this district?
The Pillager School Board has been committed to not asking the voters for extra dollars. The school district is one of the few districts in the state without an excess levy in place. The state of Minnesota took over school funding under Governor Ventura. Since that time there has been no increase in dollars for school districts to operate. The Pillager School District is financially sound as compared to neighboring school districts. However if this referendum does not pass the district could experience financial difficulty. Do we want to be in the same position as area schools that have to cut large numbers of teachers and eliminate programs?
Less money means larger class sizes. Larger class size means kids get less quality contact time with their teachers. Less money means fewer bus routes. Fewer bus routes mean kids get on the bus earlier in the morning and off later at night. Less money means less technology equipment and other supplies which helps kids to compete in a world economy.
If this referendum passes it will only provide money to maintain programs. It will not provide for new programs or increase technology. Any cut in programs could have an impact on graduates going on to college or entering the work force. Don't we owe it to these students to provide the best education possible? These students are our future.
This referendum is not about school board members, administrators or teachers. This referendum is about providing dollars to support the students enrolled in Pillager public schools. If you support these kids you must vote yes on this referendum.
Pillager School Board Member
I live in Baxter and I have tried to stay informed on the Wal-mart issue. What surprises me is how quiet the doctors, the CRD and Mr. Sluss have been about the hospital property. That property lies just east of some doctors' lake homes and within 400 feet of the main body of Perch Lake. The site plan for the facility shows 140,000 square feet of buildings and 216,000 square feet of street and parking stalls. 720 parking stalls. Think about it, that's 356,000 square feet of impervious surface within 400 feet of the lake. Where is the runoff heading? Will there be cement lined ponds and routine sampling? Will they be made by the Perch Lake watchdogs to jump through all the hoops that Wal-Mart had to? I think not.
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