With horror I read the story of Bob Musielewicz's wild side. He grew up watching Dracula, Frankenstein, and other movies not fit to view. Jodie Tweed, I am disappointed in you, surely you could find something more wholesome.
Is this something our children need to see, Bob? As a young person, did you have nightmares after watching that trash? That was a disgusting article! I feel The Dispatch has done some really good things in recent years. You have brought us Cal Thomas, a true and dependable news commentator. Also Dr. Dobson, who is a bright light in our morally decaying society.
On page 1B Pastor David Uhrich of the Christ Community Church of Nisswa explained, quite well where Halloween came from. He enlightened me and I felt it would have been better presented if it had been on the front page and the horror show shoved to the back.
Let's work together for a better community. Thank you.
Dottie Smith Angier
Highway 210 project
Congratulations to all of these employees who worked on the Highway 210 (Washington Street) project. A special thanks to the MnDOT planners and engineers for synchronizing all of the contractors, businesses and the public relations department.
There were some traffic delays, but they were kept to a minimum because of the planning and the Lakes area people figuring out the diversions. True, we had a good construction summer, but hey, give credit where credit is due. Congratulations again for a job well done.
Tragedy in Iraq
In case you weren't paying attention, Iraq has become the tragedy that peace activists warned us about. Two to three times as many innocent civilians have been killed by American weapons as perished on 9/11, despite the fact that no evidence has ever linked Iraq with 9/11. The cradle of civilization is in shambles. Looting, war, and arson have destroyed priceless artifacts covering more than 2000 years of human history, while American troops guarded the oil infrastructure. New terrorists arrive daily, recent recruits eager to do battle with the godless Goliath, the American empire, in the wake of America's illegal war. Young American men and women are killing and dying, having had blind faith in an administration that through greed, incompetence, criminal conspiracy, and/or naivet lied and misled us into an immoral war with a clearly inadequate follow-up plan. Morale has plummeted as they realize how ill-equipped they are to actually improve life for Iraqis. Meanwhile, budget deficits, unemployment, and defense spending are soaring.
Of the $87 billion "for Iraq", $65B goes directly to the Pentagon and corporations outsourcing defense contracts. Only $15 billion is earmarked for reconstruction, despite obligations under international law for the occupying force to meet basic needs of the Iraqi people. Tell me, how does it help rebuild the Iraqi economy, so thoroughly destroyed by two wars and a decade of sanctions, to require that only U.S. contractors be hired, and reconstruction priorities are set by the occupiers? When contractors charge taxpayers far greater rates than Iraqi counterparts and pocket the difference, and when corporations with close ties to the Bush administration win huge no-bid contracts?
Follow the money. This is yet another Republican policy redistribution of enormous wealth from the public to a handful of private corporations, while U.S. and Iraqi citizens pay the price.
Social Security's future
President Bush has stated that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. A poll showed that 67 percent of the public doesn't believe him. Could this be because reporters may be trained as writers but they know nothing about the subject they are reporting on and so they make mistakes?
I was shocked to read an Associated Press story on Social Security on the front page (Oct. 23) which states, "Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system..." This is totally incorrect. The money paid each year far exceeds the money paid out and is invested in government bonds to pay for future benefits. The problem is that the government is using this money to finance our occupation in Iraq and building huge deficits. In five years there will not be enough "taxpayers" to pay off the deficit and give back the money owed to Social Security recipients.
Where do people think the money comes from to pay for the things being purchased by the deficit? When we purchase a home we borrow the money from the bank. When the government borrows money it is from Social Security and investors. Many of these investors are from foreign countries such as China. What will happen if they suddenly want all their money also? Do we default our debts? President Clinton had generated surpluses and was paying down the deficit so there would be money for paying baby boomers Social Security. Now President Bush is wasting our resources and creating the largest deficit in history.
Many of you may enjoy a small tax cut now and pay far more for it when your Social Security benefits are cut in the future.
A dog's death
On Wednesday evening Oct. 29 my family's Golden Retriever was hit and killed on highway 25 and Alpine Rd. The person who hit him could have at least stopped to check how he was. Nordby had on a collar with the address and phone number of his owner. They spent a long time searching for him, which, if the person had stopped, could have been avoided. He did not run loose, he must have seen a deer etc. and ran after it.
The speed and careless driving of people on highway 25 is really bad! I am very cautious when I make any turns off 25.
I hope the person who hit the dog, never has to experience this sorrow, but if they do, they shall know how it feels.
St. Paul Park
Response to kittens
I thank your readers for the response I received about the kittens. Over 45 calls came in wanting to adopt one or more of the abandoned babies.
I was trying to make people aware that if you spay or neuter your pet then this type of tragedy wouldn't happen. Being a responsible pet owner is the only way to insure healthy and happy pets. If, during this time of awareness, readers could find it in their hearts and wallets to make a donation to HART it would be much appreciated. Abandoned Babies c/o HART, 15494 Danielson Rd. Brainerd, MN 56401.
Jacque Aamodt Family
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