I am proud to have accepted a modest contribution from the Coalition for Responsible Development. Most of my campaign, which has consisted of yard signs, brochures, postcards, and one small ad in The Dispatch, has been funded by small contributions from neighbors and concerned citizens who want a city government that meets their needs. The Coalition for Responsible Development is made up of my neighbors and fellow citizens who want to have a say in how our community is developed, instead of leaving it to big corporations and real estate speculators.
The Hyland House re-zoning on Kingwood Street has been and remains a major issue in my District Ward 2. Northside residents do not want unrestricted business development in their residential neighborhood, and I agree with them. I also respect the opinions of those Northside residents who believe that some types of local businesses enhance the neighborhood. My position has been and remains that any re-zoning of the Hyland House property must respect the integrity of the neighborhood by not creating a large parking lot, keeping the exterior of the house in its present condition, and not allowing the sale of the property to a new owner who would run a different type of business that would be detrimental to the neighborhood. I have expressed this position at a recent city council meeting.
I support commercial development that enhances the community.
Candidate Ward 2
Women in sportsP>
Almost half of all athletes at the high school level are female. There are professional leagues and competitions for women in basketball, billards, bowling, figure skating, football, golf, in-line skating, motocross, rodeo, skiing, snowboarding, softball, sport climbing, tennis track and volleyball. Female athletes from the USA in open amateur sport are among the finest athletes in the world. Your readers, male and female, are interested in news about bothmen's and women's sports, especially in our own community.
Your consideration of this request for increased coverage of girls and women's sports by your staff would be greatly appreciated.
Laurie J. Hedlund
We all win
To the voters in District 3B, take an appreciative look at candidate Catherine McLynn. She is energetic, smart, caring and hard working. She believes in fair and equal laws for Mille Lacs and all lakes. To get things done, vote McLynn, not a career politician. When McLynn wins, northern Minnesota wins!
We were disappointed with the letter written by Leo LaLonde of MCCL in support of Sen. Don Samuelson. They brag about what a help he is in the legislature and how many pro-life bills he has authored. During the past four years, not one single pro-life bill has become law. Sen. Samuelson was no help there.
Sen. Samuelson can author pro-life bills and he can vote pro-life, but it does no good when, at the beginning of each term, he first voted for pro-abortion Roger Moe for majority leader of the Senate. Roger Moe then did everything possible to prevent the passage of any pro-life legislation. Sen. Samuelson knew that would happen, but he still voted for Roger Moe. We don't see how that is a help to MCCL.
MCCL did not mention Sen. Samuelson's pro-life voting record, but we will. It is far from perfect. In 2001, he only had an 85 percent rating, and that was one of his better years. He dropped as low as 50 percent one year. The way he was praised in that letter we expected him to have a 100 percent rating every year. Instead, he votes against some pro-life priorities. That does not help MCCL.
During the 1999 session Sen. Samuelson earned a 67 percent pro-abortion rating from the Minnesota National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. As a good pro-life legislator, he should have had a 0 percent rating from this strong pro-abortion organization. But he did not.
We are not supporting MCCL this time. We are tired of seeing pro-life bills stalled in the Senate because of the pro-abortion leadership that Sen. Samuelson supports. He is not a help to us.
Arthur and Joyce Vadnais
Planning and zoning
This is Planning and Zoning? I am writing this at 1:15 Friday morning after leaving the planning and zoning meeting.
Tonight or should I say this morning I witnessed our system at work. Craig Johnson is trying to recieve a conditional use permit for a motocross track south of Brainerd on 371. This is the umpteenth meeting that has been held on this subject and he has done everything that has been asked of him.
Last meeting was tabeled until more information that was asked of him was brought forth to the commitee. I work with Craig and he has worked his butt off on this. Last time he asked over and over again, "What do you want" to the commitee and he was given a list. Eveything has been done (within reason) and now tonight he was told that more info is needed.
It is apparent to me that if some of the commitee members don't like an idea, that nothing said or done is going to get it passed thru no matter how many people are for it. Friday morning will tell the tale, and I hope he gets some type of satisfaction but don't count on it.
Personally, I am glad I live in Cass County and don't have to try to run into a system that clearly does not work.
Here we go again! Another letter writer complaining that the Warrior teams aren't getting 100 percent of the sports coverage instead of the 99 percent they already receive. If you were from one of the towns surrounding Brainerd and wrote to complain about your team's coverage, you would be justified in your complaint. As it is, you don't have a leg to stand on. Brainerd teams have and always will get the lion's share of the sports coverage.
So give it a rest already!
It's time to turn your clock back one hour, and on Nov. 5 the city of Brainerd will have to turn their calendars back 20 years if Mary Koep gets elected. Spring forward, vote Gary Scheeler for Alderman at Large.
He impresses us
We are impressed with the leadership Sheriff Ross has provided for Crow Wing County over the past 12 years. His leadership style is progressive, supportive and reassuring. We can rest assured that he is the only one with a true vision for our security and future.
Larry and Val Specht
Wow! Sgt. Becky Putzke must be so proud to receive ANY award from the Brainerd City Council. Why did you ruin it for her with your foolish argument deciding whether or not she deserved the Tower Award? Brainerd/Baxter is alive with murders, robberies, burglaries, drugs, etc. I don't think we even come close to appreciating our law enforcement officers and the situations they have to deal with on a daily basis. Then something wonderful happens and our council messes it up with their bickering. For this fiasco we deserve the BS award of the year.
Well, Becky, I think I can safely say that the citizens of Brainerd are extremely proud of us, and your fellow officers, and apologize to you for the ridiculous actions of some of the council members of the city of Brainerd.
Keep it up, council, and make us the laughing stock of the state of Minnesota.
Lila M. Thady
Vote for Franzen
We have been Baxter residents for about 35 years and have known Rosemary Franzen most of that time. She is an honest, down to earth, "listen to the people" kind of person. I know that all Baxter residents would like to be represented by her and know somebody is listening. Sue Huff
The article about spinning wing decoys in last week's paper sparked an interest in me. I would like to know more about the issue and more reasons why they were banned for the first week of the Minnesota duck season. The only reason it stated was because it would take a toll on the local duck population. I guess I just don't understand that because when all the local ducks leave Minnesota they fly south and get shot by hunters using spinning wing decoys anyway. Minnesota is the only state with this regulation, and I would like to know why?
I hunt ducks a lo, and I guess I would rather see someone from Minnesota shoot them than somebody down in Arkansas, the "duck capital of the world." My point being, why should we shoot less so they can shoot more? I've hunted over spinning wing decoys and believe me, they work not only as a decoy but as a conservation tool as well. They bring the ducks a lot closer which results in fewer cripples and lost birds.
I hunt opening weekend in a very crowded area and see a lot of people "sky busting," shooting at ducks 60-70 yards and even farther at times; and it makes me sick because, every once in a while they hit one, but you can tell by the way it comes down they aren't even going to attempt to find it.
Maybe by allowing these people to use these kinds of decoys, they won't be so tempted to try those shots; instead maybe they will wait for a nice close one that they can take ethically and humanely, instead of crippling and not finding. I just don't understand the point they are trying to make by not letting us use spinning wing decoys; they are a tool of the trade, not an unethical way to hunt. What's next, single shot shotguns only?
An A rating
Paul Koering has an A rating with the National Rifle Association. Gun owners, hunters, sportsmen/women know Paul's dedicated to preserving our Constitutional Second Amendment rights to own guns for our personal safety and hunting, protecting our families and sports/recreation. Paul believes our liberties and freedoms are worth defending.
Tim Pawlenty is tough, principled leader who is the only pro-life candidate in the race for governor. I worked with him in the Legislature and knew Tim as a man of absolute integrity. All of those who are concerned about protecting the unborn must elect Tim Pawlenty our next governor.
Vote for Larsen
Please vote for Ed Larsen November 5. Ed Larsen, our Crow Wing County commissioner, has initiated a citizen-based comprehensive planning committee for our county. Ed understands the balance between a vibrant growing community and preservation of our lakes and woods. Crow Wing County needs and deserves Ed's visionary leadership!
This year I worked with Lucy Nesheim, the economic development adviser for Region 5. She tackled tough issues with integrity and diplomacy. She worked with drive to influence EDA in Chicago to fund our grant application in the Potlatch plant closure. Vote for her. She will be a terrific representative.
Economic Development director
Region 5 Development Commission
I had the opportunity to talk to Ken Pentel for over an hour last spring. He refused to bad-mouth the other parties and was highly educated on Minnesota's issues. Ken is the most viable candidate in the race and will be a model governor.
Most of my adult life I have worked at the Legislature as an advocate for recreation and tourism projects. I have the highest respect and admiration for Sen. Samuelson. His ability to get projects for our district and the state is a tribute to his standing in the Senate.
Drop the attacks
I am tired of seeing advertisements from political parties attacking each other. Yes, it is important to get the candidates' issues across but to what extent? The ads seen are hurting the candidates that they are suppose to be supporting just as badly as the other candidates. All they are saying is I lie and cheat like the other guys, but I don't lie and cheat as bad. It's time that the candidates start saying where they stand on issues and not attacking the other candidates in the process.
Amie L. Magnuson
I feel that this whole idea about going to war with Iraq is ridiculous, especially wanting to do so without the United Nations. I find it kind of weird that they are now talking about going to war when the election is just around the corner. Why haven't they brought up this whole ordeal months ago? Also, is Bush trying to make everyone think about something other than bin Laden and why they have not captured him yet? I feel that if we do go to war, we should wait for the United Nations to approve.
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