Two different yet related items appeared in the Dec. 5 edition of the Dispatch. First, there was a front page article regarding Kris Hasskamp's traumatic defeat by Dale Walz and her bewilderment at how this all came about. Secondly, there was a well written editorial about the projected $3.01 billion surplus and how our legislators will argue over how to dispose of the $2 billion that is not being returned to the tax payers.
Kris may want to look back at the manner in which our legislators dealt with last year's surplus. After one of the longest sessions in the state's history, our duly elected officials simply took a chainsaw to the old pork barrel and handed a third to the governor and a third to each of the major parties. This mind-numbing solution was "Can't we all just get along" politics at its worst. Unfortunately, it was also dereliction of duty and a most despicable example of political nonfeasance. Even in the Lake Ossawinnamakee/Ideal Corners bastion of Democrat power, voters were disturbed and disgruntled by those highly unprofessional shenanigans.
The fact of the matter is a surplus is a surplus and should be dealt with accordingly. Send it (all of it) back to the taxpayer. It is the taxpayer's money; not the state of Minnesota's.
Let's hope Dale Walz understands this.
Stephen A. Busch
Amidst the confusion of the election, many accusations have been brought up against each candidate, trying to persuade our fellow citizens who to vote for. One of the more popularly known is that if George Bush's DUI, which he received years back for illegally driving under the influence of alcohol. The fact that this was ever brought up is not a problem; it is a misunderstood outrage.
Mistakes of the past come back to haunt all of us, but at some point they must be forgiven. Although each of our sins are etched in stone and always remembered, we all live in glass houses. Bush was wise enough to use his error to improve himself, as well as his lifestyle. The fact that he had the willpower to overcome one of the most common weaknesses of America shows amazing courage and resolve.
Although the election is past us, do not let your opinion of this man differ because of things such as this that were pushed at him. Next time remember to vote for whom you think will be a strong, fair leader.
Perhaps, if Bush becomes our president, he can fix our nation's problems just as he was able to fix his own.
Consumers should wake up
I am amazed at reports that a woman in Newport News (Va.) has had trouble sleeping after finding a chicken head in her box of McDonald's chicken wings. What was this woman thinking? That chicken wings grew on a chicken wing tree?
The head was only a reality check that the chicken wings are the body parts of an animal that had a face. An animal that experienced pain and suffering, just as we do. An innocent animal condemned to death after a lifetime of imprisonment in a filthy, toxic shed, so that her wings could be served up to a McDonald's customer.
It's high time for American consumers to wake up, find out where their food comes from, and learn to live with the consequences.
A sad funeral
The day before Thanksgiving, when families and friends gather from near and far to celebrate, in great sadness I officiated at the funeral of a baby girl.
No one ever met the baby as she had prematurely died in her mother's womb, but relatives and friends mourned. Her parents were in great grief, because to love is to grieve.
To all who viewed her fragile body, Nature itself would be offended if it were said she was anything else but a person.
Together as family and friends we were thankful for our holy faith and comforted ourselves with the words of God Himself spoken through the prophets: "Before you were born I knew you. When you were in your mother's womb I called you by name." How awesome God knew baby Rachel Marie.
Consequently, I wonder exceedingly how anyone for whatever reasons could assume a personal, moral or legal right to abort and kill unborn human life.
A premature death is not a mother or father's choice. Abortion is a choice.
Our checkered culture unfortunately affirms a freedom to abort human life, but nobody can give to anyone the right to do so.
Freedom to do wrong is very different from the right to do so.
Rev. Edward M. Foster
Trying to save jobs
This is regarding your article on the Potlatch "shut down".
Attached to the retirement package that we were offered was the option for the company to "buy back" our vacations. If we had voted yes on this package, it would have cost many union employees their jobs. Now,with the downtime, Potlatch is offering us the use of our 2001 vacations which will amount to the same thing as a vacation buy back and will cost union jobs.
Your article implied that the union is at fault. It is not. The union is trying to save jobs.
Union member-Local 79
Fluorides aren't harmless
Congratulations to voters of Wooster, Ohio, who rejected fluoridation of their municipal water supply for the fourth time on Nov. 7, 2000.
Plaudits also go to Spokane, Wash. voters who said "No" for the third time to adding hazardous industrial waste fluoride to their public drinking water. (The waste comes from the phosphate fertilizer, aluminum and uranium industries. It may contain such contaminants as lead, cadmium and arsenic.)
Of the eight Utah communities voting on the fluoride issue, Hyrum City, Logan City, Nibly City, Providence City, River Heights and Smithfield City voted against it.
On election day Ithaca, New York; Springfield, Arkansas; Ozark, Missouri; Pequannock, New Jersey; Brattleboro, Vermont and Wenatchee, Washington also registered their distaste for government-forced medication of their drinking water with fluoride.
A vote recount on the fluoridation issue in Shawano, Wisconsin indicated that city also rejected fluoridation!
Unfortunately, seven cities and two counties approved water fluoridation. They were: Gilbert, Arizona; Sunnyvale, California; Leavenworth, Kansas; North Attleboro, Massachusetts; Las Vegas, Nevada; Abilene and San Antonio, Texas, and Davis and Salt Lake counties in Utah.
Leavenworth and San Antonio had each rejected fluoridation two times previously, but on November 7 they both voted for government-sponsored pollution of their drinking water!
How unfortunate it is that many persons have been seduced by the false propaganda that fluorides are harmless. They are not!
Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency union, headquartered in Washington, D.C., opposes fluoridation. These toxicologists, biologists, chemists and other professionals have reported recent studies showing a link between fluoride/fluoridation and bone disease, genetic damage, cancer, neurological impairment and lowered IQs in children.
For further information, check Fluoride Action Network: http://www.fluoridealert.org/e-2000.htm.
Elaine Jensen Chesley
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