Recently area politicians have had letters reminding people to honor the veterans on Veterans Day for providing them with their freedoms. As a veteran I appreciate this gesture.
According to the latest statistics I have read less than 10 percent of the population have served in the military. Approximately 25 percent of the members of Congress have worn a uniform. The majority of our Presidents have served in the military. I do not fault FDR for not serving because of his medical problems because he was a strong supporter of the military; especially the Navy much to the annoyance of the army. Truman, Eisenhower, and Reagan served in the Army. Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and G.H.W. Bush were all in the Navy. Our present President was in the Air National Guard. Generally we have selected leaders who have worn a uniform. Veterans appreciate being remembered on Memorial Day, Independence Day, 9/11, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor Day but what about the other 360 days each year?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Scott Mike Thurlow
It must have been slow news week
I guess it must have been a slow news week. So slow in fact, the biggest headline available was a full, front-page spread of a kid in a cheap sport jacket. Not because he won the Nobel Prize, or because he shot the 30-point buck last week. Our Dispatch thought what this young man was wearing to high school was important enough to take up the entire front page of the Sunday newspaper. I guess it was also important to show readers how we can stretch our earlobes out, and that it is OK to wear flip-flops in November. Not only the front page, but a few pages into the paper, we got another full-page continuation of the front page story.
At least now I know that I should pop up the collar on my Hollister shirt.
I didn't know that what high schoolers are wearing to school was such a hot topic. I don't think I've seen a story about it on CNN or even our local news. I must have been watching the Discovery Channel when those stories aired.
Don't drill for oil in Alaska
In the past few years President Bush has made advances to drill for oil in Alaska. Alaska is a rare site, fairly untouched wilderness, which is home to an array of different animals. If drilling in this area were to take place it would drastically change the population of caribou, due to their migration patterns. The president is telling the nation to conserve on oil and gasoline, yet his actions do not show it. He flew to New Orleans multiple times on a jet, which is one step down from a space shuttle when it comes to fuel efficiency. The visual that people see don't encourage them to conserve natural resources at all. No matter if we drill today or in 30 years, if people don't start to conserve oil then eventually the world's supply is going to run out, no matter how we look at it. In fact, if Alaska is such a large amount of oil then why aren't we leaving it for future generations? It has been stated that this oil reserve won't drastically affect the country's oil supply.
Then I will say this, I think that it is foolish to drill in Alaska. If it doesn't make a major increase in our oil supply today then why disrupt the habitat and its inhabitants? I believe that, now that we have the knowledge that there is oil there, save it for our future generations.
Gazelka bills improved education
Paul Gazelka has been doing a wonderful job in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He has created bills to help improve our education system, with the monitoring bill and teacher contract bill. He sponsored the emergency vehicle bill. That is why I would vote for him.
Let's not ban same-sex marriage
I would like to respond to an article I read on Nov. 10 on the Brainerd Dispatch's Web site; Pastors gathered in summit to argue for a same-sex marriage ban. I feel that same sex marriages should not be banned. These kinds of bans are a serious violation to human rights and civil liberties. Are homosexuals not people? Are they not allowed to live happily ever after with the person they love? Well they are people and should be able to live happily and be free from laws that keep them from getting married. I feel these bans are the only way that people can segregate or discriminate against them because the only way of knowing if someone is gay or lesbian is if they tell you or want you to know. In America we are so afraid of anyone that is different and feel that they have to be segregated in some way because they are not like us. I feel that it's a travesty that already 19 states allow same-sex marriage bans. I would be completely saddened if Minnesota became one of those states. So please let's not allow any such ban on human freedom to be a part of our wonderful state.
Koep sidewalk issue is not news
With all the important news around the world (the Iraqi and Afghan wars; the CIA fiasco; our monstrous national debt; the inept Bush administration, etc., etc.) is Mary Koep's sidewalk at the top of the front page headlines in this paper? Not only once, but twice (Nov. 7 and 8). It shouldn't even be news. What a joke.
The GOP must be getting desperate
You know the Republicans are getting desperate when they start to use the Clinton administration to back their claims of a justified war against Iraq.
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