I love the irony present in the recent comments by those most likely "no" voters who don't want the paper to keep talking about the upcoming school cuts. It's like a person hitting someone but then complaining that they have to see blood. Many of these voters refused to believe the school district when it said severe cuts were necessary, and now it hurts these voters to see the pain they have caused by their vote. Dispatch, don't listen to these whiners. Keep publishing the facts that some of these people refused to hear before the referendum.
Thanks to all teachers
Thank you to all of you who teach. I cried when I saw the list of all the teachers losing their jobs. It takes a special person to be a teacher. To have the patience and understanding of children is a gift. We have been fortunate to have our daughter be taught by a few of the best and we are grateful for the love and respect they have taught her. She wouldn't be the child she is today if it wasn't for them. Be proud.
Owner should have had control
I don't feel the lady whose dog was caught in a foothold trap by the Paul Bunyan Trail is justified in trying to get trapping stopped in that vicinity. While trappers should exercise good judgment in high traffic areas, she should have been obeying the laws of the trail that state all dogs must be leashed and under control of the owner. Instead of vilifying the practice of trapping, how about enforcing leash laws? They're there for a reason and this whole situation shouldn't have occured had the dog been under control of the owner.
Sad to see layoffs
It's certainly sad to see so many layoffs and other deep cuts in our school district. But if the school board had done its job during the past years, we may not be in this mess. And remember this, the chamber of commerce, the newspaper and others didn't seem as concerned about the more than 1,000 jobs lost with the closing or downsizing of the Brainerd paper mill, the state hospital, the local railroad shops, etc. There was no walling and mashing of teeth when those good job losses came about.
(Editor's note: There was extensive coverage in the Dispatch for all those mentioned layoffs. The Brainerd Chamber was quick to form a task force only minutes after the Potlatch closing was announced.)
Sunday brunch was nice
Thank you, Forestview and Santa, for the nice brunch last Sunday. Our family really enjoyed it. Thank you for your hospitality.
Talk to the teachers
I really wish our Brainerd School Board would take the time to talk with our teachers about what's going on in our schools. In my opinion, it's their job and duty to find out. However, they base all of their decisions on one side - the administration side. Remember there are two sides to a story. Maybe that's a contributing factor to the mess we're in.
We are whiny!
I discovered the Brainerd lakes area about five years ago, visiting from Mississippi. I moved up here to retire because I liked the area, the people from what I've met and it's a beautiful area especially for tourism. But I'll tell you one thing, you've got to be the whiniest people I've ever met. Whiny, whiny, whiny! Are there any adults who live here or are you all children?
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