The paper says you've been talking about building sports stadiums again.
I hope this doesn't sound selfish, but I don't want to give any more tax money to millionaires and billionaires. George Bush lined their pockets enough already.
Like any other business venture, if it seems like a moneymaker, private investors will flock to it. If not, it's insane to ask taxpayer citizens to subsidize it.
Some people might benefit from a new stadium, but the bulk of the money will go into a few pockets that are already too full.
Maybe we can't afford to keep the Vikings or Twins. There's a lot of things I can no longer afford. However, if someone else is going is going to pay for it, I have my list ready: a new van, getting my house finally finished, health premiums, business insurance, heating fuel, a set of all-weather tires.
If the Vikes and Twins leave, I'll understand, wish them well, and still follow them. Maybe someday they'll come back, like the Oakland Raiders.
The few jobs we may lose are peanuts compared to the manufacturing jobs we've already subsidized to move out of the country. Now white collar jobs are going to India. Why haven't the past few administrations worried about that, instead of a sports stadium?
My daughter attends Garfield school, which couldn't afford new playground equipment. You're asking me to pay for pro sports? A bunch of us parents worked for several years through PTA fund raising to buy equipment, and many moms and dads gave up paid days at work to install the equipment to save money.
When the schools, disabled combat veterans, elderly, and poor no longer have to beg and scrounge, then bring up stadiums.
Until then, do what the PTA did: sell candy and hold bake sales.
I'll choose God
Was it coincidence or divine intervention that an article about the upswing of crime in Brainerd appeared next to an article about removing a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn of city hall in Duluth? According to the MCLU, "[t]he presence of this monument creates the impression that individuals of the Judeo-Christian faith have a privileged status in Duluth."
Since the Ten Commandments reflect the natural law written in our hearts, we don't need a monument on the lawn of city hall. But removing the monument creates the impression that we are free to do and say anything we want. We forget that freedom without boundaries is not freedom at all -- we become little more than slaves to our passions and desires. To survive as a nation, our faith must prompt us to do what we ought.
Walking through St. Joseph's Medical Center, a facility dedicated to God, I can't help but wonder why we find God so comforting when we are sick and dying but so unwelcome when we are governing ourselves and teaching our children. As we enter a courthouse to sue someone or to plead not guilty, we draw the line at being reminded that we must not kill, that we must not steal, and that we must not bear false witness against our neighbor.
The Ten Commandments can be summed up by one simple rule love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Have we gone so far that we can't even be reminded of that in our everyday lives? If our nation is sick and dying, then can we turn to God for guidance? Or is that a freedom the MCLU doesn't want to protect?
Coincidence or divine intervention? I'll choose God.
Neuter those cats
It distresses me a great deal to know that some people are so devoid of any compassion for unwanted kittens that they dump them somewhere with the hope that they will be rescued and cared for. This most inhumane treatment need not happen. The solution is simple: Have your cats neutered!
I read with concern, but not surprise, the Brainerd City Council's decision to hire an outside firm to do inspections of rental housing in our city. What a message the council sends.
As I see it, they vote to disregard common sense in favor of the almighty dollar. Why hire a local company with ties to the community, who are honest and loyal in their inspection work and have our greater common good in mind when anyone will do in order to save a buck? That's the message I'm getting.
The Ottertail Action Council will meet what "needs to be done" tells us all that we are getting is the bare minimum instead of the essentials that Krondo Inspection Services would provide.
Thanks to our council for living up to their reputation and bickering amongst each other so that they have to be told to "settle this elsewhere." What seems to be important here is not the health and welfare of our citizens, but rather the cheapest means to an end. I get the message now!
We want to thank you, Council President Jim Dehen, for the good news that "township residents in the city of Brainerd wouldn't annex anyone unless they petitioned to be annexed." (Brainerd Daily Dispatch 10/23/03).
Wonderland Park Road has 22 land owners. Six of them petitioned to be annexed into Brainerd, and they were. The rest of us were notified we were also annexed. How is it possible that 20 percent of the people can force 80 percent into a $20,000 debt when our plumbing systems are up to code?
I did not petition to be annexed into Brainerd. Therefore, I assume it's permissible to remove the stakes and flags that were placed in my yard.
Resident of Wonderland Park Road
Points of view
If you wish to prove a far-right stance, and are willing to use distortions, words and phrases out of context, half-truths, and outright lies then turn to the American Heritage Foundation.
If the distortions that you seek are not there, then go to The Cato Institute or the American Enterprise Institute.
There you can learn:
That to make war is to bring peace.
To restrict our freedoms will keep them for us.
To cut taxes for the rich will give more wealth to the poor.
That in taxation, inheritance is death.
Taking revenue from public schools will make them more competitive.
Making penalties for crime harsher will reduce the prison population.
Making war in Peru and Columbia will reduce the use of narcotics in the United States.
Our United States Constitution was designed by Christians for the God-fearing, never mind the less than God-fearing humanists, that mainly drafted it, for the participation of all citizens.
And the list goes on.
Sounds of fall
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Armistice Day, as I took our American flag down at 5 p.m. a flock of 15 trumpeter swans flew directly over our home, repeatedly calling. My wife thought I was using a waterfowl call, however it was like Aldo Leopold wrote, "and the waterfowl sounded taps to autumn." But, as I watched them continually call as they headed south, I felt on this most significant day this magnificent group were sounding taps to our brave citizens who had given their all for America.
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