It was refreshing to see the Dispatch print a picture of the Nativity scene at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd.
We especially appreciated the small picture in Wednesday's paper showing Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. There are many celebrations, decorations, family get-togethers, programs, plays, etc. but without Christ we would have none of these. Because Jesus came, we can have forgiveness of our sins, the best gift of all!
James and Olive Slye
Who said what about Saddam?
A Merrifield gentleman was complaining about how he was lied to by Bush and Cheney about the urgency of dealing with Saddam. It's interesting that he doesn't mention being lied to by anybody else about this crackpot. Here's a little quiz. Guess who, after looking at the very same intelligence the president looked at, said the following:
1. "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
2. "I believe a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security - without question we need to disarm Saddam Hussein."
3. "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock. His missile delivery capability, his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort and sanctuary to terrorists including al-Qaida members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
4. "We know that he has stored nuclear supplies, secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
1. Ted Kennedy.
2. John Kerry.
3. Hillary Clinton.
4. Al Gore
For extra credit, guess who said: "Saddam must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. Earlier today I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq." That's right, Bill Clinton.
How quickly some people like to forget.
Stephen A. Busch
A way to exploit our lakes
Over the next several months the city of Lake Shore will need to address a newly proposed development that would increase one of the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes boat traffic, lake access, and inhabitants by over 50 percent.
The lake is Lake Margaret and is located to the west of Gull Lake with access through the narrows by Bar Harbor. Currently there are 113 homes on the lake, which is already far beyond the existing Minnesota DNR recommendation for this small 222-acre lake. The grand idea would be to add at least 70 new homes to this small lake by utilizing a common access and stacking the new development off the shoreline, and utilizing the depth of the property. This would require wetlands to be affected and the island/peninsula to be developed.
All "hands" are needed from the public and all levels of government to stop this grand idea. This profit-driven idea must be halted in order to preserve our safety on the lakes, traditional way of life, and ecological sensitive lakes. The equivalent to this would be to take all the traffic on Interstate 94 and move it to County Road 77, and expect to have no negative consequences from that action.
Now is the time for our government officials, GALA, and local land owners to determine our future! The safety of our residents and the ecology of our lakes, are being determined with this "grand" idea.
Service Learning Program lauded
Education and personal development are enhanced when practical experiences are combined with textbook education. The school district's Service Learning Program has brought hundreds of students into the community to practice skills they have learned in school. Communication, decision making, problem solving and teamwork are just a few examples. A better understanding of the community and relationship building are other broader examples.
Not only have the students benefited, but also have the area non-profits. The services at Confidence Learning Center have offset budgeted costs and have helped us better serve our campers.
John Ward is to be commended for his dedication to the many years of organizing the Service Learning Program and the impact he has had on students and the community. Losing any program is sad and we can only hope that future students will have the opportunity to benefit from this program.
Confidence Learning Center
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