I really enjoyed Jodie Tweed's story on the Heart Grocery store. What a community treasure! And to the owners, Jan and Darrell Otness, you are true assets to our community and are a great example of how we can all make a difference in the lives of others and in our community. Thank you! I hope everyone in your neighborhood supports your business and follows your example.
And thank you Jodie and The Brainerd Dispatch for sharing this wonderful story with us all. Well done.
I was pleased to see a response on this page providing an explanation for the music of the downtown bells, although the writer may have missed the point of my first letter. (That's understandable, since I wrote it with tongue firmly planted in cheek and one hand in the hyperbole jar.)
The issue was not so much the type of music being played on the bells. Rather, I was having a little fun with the question of whether public noise should serve a recognizable public interest. That question is still undecided. It may be that tour buses are at this moment decamping on the courthouse lawn so visitors to our fair city can hear the next carillon rendition of "Moon River." But there is probably a more plausible explanation for the frequent play of an admittedly sparse music library.
Personally, I suspect a Scandinavian utilitarianism at work here, to wit: we've had these bells since 1955; they are capable of playing music; therefore, music must be played -- the more often the better!
In the spirit of the original purpose for which the bells were installed and dedicated, I propose some consideration be given to reserving their melodious tone for special occasions, such as Veterans Day. Oftentimes, less really is more.
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