I have voted most of my life, or since I was old enough. I did not vote this year.
Let me tell you why. I went to the usual place where I had previously voted; they said my name was not listed, so I could not vote. I heard on TV and in the paper all you had to have was a driver's license or I.D. card.
They sent me across town to another place. I am almost 84 years old and walk with a cane. But I go over there and what do you think? I cannot vote there either.
Am I the only one who had that problem?
You say, " Why don't you vote absentee?" What does absentee mean? You were not there.
I worked as a judge in Mira Loma, Calif. for 10 years or more. We had a flag in front of the polling place; I saw no flag in either of these places. We only had four of us working, and we didn't have people waiting more than 30 minutes to vote.
We had things come up where you had to use common sense.
I probably will never vote again.
No more greasy food
Recently, U.S. Department of Agriculture admitted to using up to 2 million pounds of turkey meat linked to a deadly outbreak of Listeria for the national School Lunch program. The government's solution has been to start irradiating the meat sent to schools.
However, irradiation kills only selected pathogens, only those present at the time, and only up to a certain depth. It does nothing to hardy pathogens like the hepatitis virus, or those inside a large meat slab, or those added during subsequent processing.
Moreover, no amount of irradiation will address the tragedy of American children getting fatter at an alarming rate, with the percentage of significantly overweight black and Hispanic youngsters more than doubling over 12 years and climbing 50 percent among whites. The data, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, come from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which followed 8,270 youngsters from 1986 to 1998.
Early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions. Overweight children become the 60 percent of U.S. adults who are overweight or obese. Obesity is precursor to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill 1.4 million Americans annually.
Parents must insist that the USDA stop using the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities and that schools replace greasy fast food with wholesome plant-based foods and beverages.
Top 10 list
Top reasons why MnDOT planted all the trees on the bypass:
1. Couldn't see the forest on the other side of the fence.
2. So deer can hide -- then jump out in front of cars.
3. So MnDOT workers can lean on their shovels in the shade.
4. So cars skidding off the road can hit a tree.
5. Had money left over from the overpass project because they didn't know how to build a cloverleaf.
6. Planted 100 trees, but had to chip 300 for mulching.
7. Obstacle course for roadway mowing.
8. Sound barrier for the animals in the woods.
9. Enhance the "Welcome to Barrows" sign.
Thanks to Asplund
I wish to thank Frank Asplund for his fine service to the citizens of Brainerd as councilman at large. Although he was never one to grab the headlines or grab the microphone, Mr. Asplund worked tirelessly behind the scenes for solutions and compromise that served all citizens of our community.
He is a man of integrity who never had a personal agenda. We have been fortunate to have such effective quiet leadership.
Mrs. Koep, you have large shoes to fill, and I'm certain you will do a fine job.
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