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Don't blame Democrats
Attorney General Mike Hatch made headlines when he confronted Gov. Pawlenty about his considering letting sex offenders out of jails. Democratic leader Hatch was very concerned about the possibility that more of these offenders would be released on the streets. Now Gov. Pawlenty wants to propose the death penalty for Minnesota. Remember "thou shalt not kill" anyone? Make up your mind, Gov. Pawlenty. There is almost no chance for these offenders to be rehabilitated. What about prison with no parole? Don't blame the Democrats for Gov. Pawlenty's actions.
Gregory Park tree
The lights on the big tree in the middle of Gregory Park came on many times, especially after thunderstorms. It's the holiday season now, where are the lights?
The city contracted with a company to light the Gregory Park tree. The company expected to use a boom truck today to reach the upper branches of the tree. The tree was expected to be lit tonight.
To: Not making light of situation
How sad you would think that Dru is getting publicity because she is a "rich white girl." What part of "she was abducted in the Columbia Mall where she works and she did not show up for her second job" did you not get? This "publicity" is the result of a caring and loving family and caring and loving communities she belongs to. I don't know of any recent abductions of "minorities" in our area. If you know of one, I suggest you report it. To everyone else, please pray for Dru's safe return.
Let someone else serve
(Former) Sen. Don Samuelson served the people of central Minnesota for many years and did a fine job in carrying our voices. Now, he says he is going to run against Rep. Dale Walz next year. It is time for some new politicians to run for the DFL party, to bring new ideas, new ways of doing things and also to have a chance to change the world. Samuelson fulfilled his duty; it is time for him to step aside and let someone else serve.
Don Samuelson of Brainerd, a longtime area lawmaker, has set up a volunteer committee for a possible bid for the House District 12A seat now held by Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd.
Who is responsible?
I am outraged that a Level 3 sex offender is allowed to move into a home that is a couple houses away from 5-11 year-old children at Lincoln School, within a two block radius of 12-14 year-old kids at Washington and Mississippi Horizons as well as 15-18 year-old kids at the high school not to mention Don Adamson Field, Washington's sports field, the YMCA and the library and the playgrounds. With the high likelihood of him reoffending, I want answers right now. Who is accountable to us -- the children, students and citizens of Brainerd?
Minnesota Department of Corrections officials said there are no laws restricting where a sex offender may live in Minnesota, and it wasn't up to the DOC to "place" a sex offender. In reference to the sex offender who recently moved to Brainerd, neither the Brainerd Police Department nor the Minnesota Department of Corrections may direct where the man may live or work.
Deserves prison not pity
All diabetics know it is dangerous to not eat all day. A Coke and candy only make it worse. Rep. Janklow knowingly drove impaired the same as being drunk, under legal or illegal drugs or anything interfering with his ability to drive safely. He deserves prison not pity. His vanity killed another man.
Who is concerned?
Why do I never see current or past employees complain about Wal-Mart's minimum wage and lack of benefits? Why do I not hear about the great pay and benefits at Casey's or Ben Franklin? Maybe it's the business owners, friends and family that write in with their concerns?
Thanks for the story
The feature stories on diversity have been eye-openers. Although a person is naive to think racism and discrimination do not exist in Brainerd, I was still saddened by hearing firsthand the obstacles some of these families face. We are neighbors to the Quillins and I can tell you firsthand that Brainerd is fortunate to have such a wonderful family in their community. Thank you for sharing their story so all of us can open our eyes a little more.
The Dispatch is running a series on Sundays about diversity. The Quillins were featured in a story this past Sunday.
To the Brainerd City Council
This is a time for forgiveness against past trespasses and in the spirit of Christmas and what it truly represents, put city matters in a new perspective and work together for a common good and start the upcoming New Year out fresh with a renewed hope for a better tomorrow for all of us in the Brainerd community.
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