Each year since I can remember we have harvested the seeds from the pumpkins we carve for Halloween. When dried they make a delicious snack, and cracking them slows you down to perhaps enjoy life a little more. Now for the deer and squirrels, you don't have do any of the washing and drying bit for them. Just wrap the seeds and the carvings in a napkin and throw it all in any wooded area. If you don't carve the pumpkin, throw the whole pumpkin in the woods. The animals will know how to harvest what is edible.
Our oak and butternut trees produced very few acorns or nuts this year, and it seems that we are seeing more deer in the yard than usual, perhaps they are more hungry than usual. What a shame to throw such a treat in the landfill. I really don't have to make a case for the value of the pumpkin, for what after all can beat a piece of pumpkin pie covered with whipped cream!
Paul Gazelka is a friend
Paul Gazelka has been my friend for many years. Paul has the integrity, common sense, family values and business knowledge to represent House District 12A. Vote Paul Gazelka Nov. 2 and make a difference.
Lake Edward Township
A serious moral issue
In the waning days of election 2004, I find myself in agreement with two of our president's assertions. First, "regime change" can be an important step toward peace, and second, Democracy is a gift that we in America can bring to troubled countries of the world.
I sense that "regime change" is an option in the U.S. and what could be more encouraging and inspiring to budding new democracies than to see that happen here with "ballots" rather than "bullets".
I also, as a pastor, am disturbed by the attempts to garner votes by using religious groups. Think about it, how can the value of an unborn fetus outweigh the value of nearly 1100 of our finest young sons and daughters, moms and dads, in a war that we now know might have been avoided? Add thousands of innocent Iraqis and you have a serious moral issue.
Shaw will be a positive force
The debate made it quite obvious who the best choice is for Brainerd Council -- Ward 1. The debate will be rebroadcast at various times on Charter Channel 8 up until the election. Ed Shaw will be a positive, intelligent, and committed public servant. Vote Ed Shaw, Nov. 2.
More on campaign signs
There are many signs in the yards and ditches this year. Politics is what it is and it is a dirty business.
This year I see signs that say "Sportsmen for Bush." There is no other information on the sign whatsoever.
I believe that you are required to have who is responsible for the sign as well. But most importantly I am a Sportsman and I do not support Bush. I believe that there are others of us as well. I really think that this is an all- time low for someone to put up such a sign. I have contacted the county attorney in this regard and I hope that something can be done about this. It is a slanderous sign, and I for one do no agree with it.
Blaine is a dairy farmer
Rep. Greg Blaine, a lifelong resident of 12B, is the only active dairy farmer in the Minnesota House. The Minnesota Milk Producers Assn. recently sent him a letter of thanks and commendation for his good work in the Legislature. His knowledge and experience works for us in St. Paul.
We'll shop elsewhere
In the Oct. 20 paper there was an article about the sales tax that Baxter is still considering. According to that paper that tax would be generated 80 percent by non-residents. I do not feel non-residents should be footing the bill for any improvement for Baxter residents, and we certainly should not have to foot the bill for budget reasons. We do a lot of shopping in Baxter and I for one will be going elsewhere to shop and I would encourage other non-residents to do the same.
Ramona and Ted Pedersen
I wouldn't let my dog out in this
I have seen certain popular landscaping workers out working in this wet, rainy weather. What a shame that they have to work in this, while the boss sits in a dry office. When I asked why they have to work in this crap, one of them said, "The boss says it has to be done." We don't see him out there working in it. If the weather is this bad I'm sure there's work around the store they could do. I asked if they get sick days when they have to work out in this and get sick and they said no. As I said, people wouldn't let their dog out in this. But why do these men have to do it? Something is wrong with this picture.
Mary Ellen Jones
We're still safe
I pray by Christmas all that's left of Kerry is a doll that says, "I have a plan." Bush's plan is working. We're still safe.
Stephen L. Heinecke
Grell and Imsdahl for SWCD
At the bottom of your ballot you will have a chance to vote to protect the environment we enjoy. The SWCD is a local agency that helps landowners manage surface waters, wetlands, and soils. Vote for Lindy Grell and Paxie Imsdahl to maintain our water quality.
Just like Hollywood
When I hear Sen. Kerry speak of his lofty goals and plans (and he has a plan for everything), I am reminded of a trip through a Hollywood movie set. You drive down the streets of New York, ah, there you are in Paris, but no, you are in an old western town. Then you go behind the magnificent fronts to the rear and see nothing but a few boards and timbers holding up the sets. This reminds me of Kerry's voting record of 19 plus years as a senator. Take just one thing -- Vietnam -- the war hero and war criminal. One must conclude they are both lies. Next is Mrs. Kerry. She is not Mrs. John Kerry, she is Mrs. Theresa Heinz Kerry, signifying that her status and money came from a lucky marriage. So there they sit, like the make-believe world of Hollywood, just empty vessels.
Martin W. Ehrhardt
Would you like to buy a bridge?
The gang of four, lead by Mr. Olson is trying to make voters believe they are all independent. The three candidates may even think so. However, anyone naive enough to think Mr. Olson is not trying to stack the council for his own purposes, I have a bridge to sell.
Gene L. Goedker
Attending Camp Samuelson
Some kids go to camp, some play baseball. I spent my summer volunteering for Don Samuelson.
Don Samuelson cares about our education and he knows how to listen to us. I am only in the 11th grade, but I know it is important to elect Don Samuelson.
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