Cal Thomas is evidently still swallowing the decades old false propaganda that fluoridation opponents have thought putting fluoride in public water supplies was a Communist plot to poison the public (BD, 12-12).
Thomas should have met Irene M. Johnson, Brainerd's well-known freedom fighter and environmentalist, who served as chairman of Minnesotans Opposed to Forced Fluoridation for many years. She would have really enlightened him!
Johnson surely would have explained that water fouridation is not a Communist plot, but a money maker for fluoride polluters. Instead of paying to put their deadly hazardous fluoride in an appropriate dump site, these industrial polluters have been selling their wastes to cities to fluoridate municipal water supplies.
This is the 21st century. Thomas would do well to cast aside outmoded propaganda concerning water fluoridation.
Elaine Jensen Chesley
Courts appeasing the minority
As he so often does, a recent letter writer correctly pointed out the sad fact that our very own court system is accomplishing what the communists could not. Using their special brand of distorted logic, the liberal courts have managed to twist the Constitution in order to appease a very vocal, anti-religious minority. Leading the godless charge is none other than the American Civil Liberties Union, whose founder, Roger Baldwin, said, "We are for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself. We seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal."
In order for communism to succeed, God must first be eliminated and few understand or understood this fact better than Mao, Lenin, Marx, Roger Baldwin, Tom Daschle and Dan Rather.
Thank heavens the ACLU was too busy getting the Boy Scouts kicked off our army bases to notice that the Heartland Symphony Orchestra's excellent Christmas program featured traditional Christian carols and was held in a Brainerd public school.
The Dec. 15, 2004 issue of The Federalist Patriot quotes Charles-Louis De Second's observation that "The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles upon which it was founded." Our great country was founded on the principle that all men are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."
God-fearing, freedom-loving citizens should be aware that liberal judges, with the strong support of the ACLU, are using your tax dollars to deny you one of your most precious, most basic rights and to further their principle decaying agenda. Citizens should express their anger to their duly elected representatives. Merry Christmas.
Stephen A. Busch
Benefits of the juvenile center
Those that would judge the worth of CMJC on a profit and loss statement would miss a much larger view of this facility's effect on the community. First, let me say that several of our communities' present probation officers, police personnel and some community outreach people have worked their way through the staff at this facility.They gain a more personal knowledge of the community they will serve in the process. Second, when the behaviors of a resident are changed this also, hopefully, can also be reflected in their families attitudes in the community. Third, without this facility the officers that protect our citizens would be taken off of the street for much longer periods. They would be involved in the handling of juveniles being taken to other facilities. Juveniles cannot be housed with adults in Minnesota.
These few items are but the tip of the beneficial ice berg. I would also add that some of the results of CMJC affect cannot be measured in numbers. A couple of years ago I ran into a person that had made a stop in our facility. This person was not there on corrections but just sitting, waiting for court. This ex-resident told me that the road back for them was started at CMJC. They started reading and a few lights lit. I was told that a couple more stops were required on the trip back but this person is now a happy and productive working member of society.
A million dollars is nothing when compared to these benefits.
Corrections counselor (retired)
Support MADD's annual campaign
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has launched its 18th annual "Tie One On For Safety" red ribbon campaign. This year there is a "buckle up" message incorporated on the ribbon with an impression of a seat belt. MADD has collaborated with Takata, the worlds largest producer of seatbelts. Wearing a seat belt is the best defense you have to surviving a drunken driving crash.
We hope you will obtain a red ribbon and tie it to a visible area on your vehicle to show your support for a safe and sober holiday season. Also to show support for MADD's mission year-round which is -- to stop drunken driving, support victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage mdrinking.
Many of our members are victims of this crime. But you do not have to be a victim to be a member or to volunteer. You do not have to be a mother either. There are many members who are fathers, brothers, sons, sisters, daughters, friends, acquaintances...And we all have one thing in common; We do not want to become a victim of this violent crime and so we support the MADD mission.
MADD was founded in 1980 mainly because there was an ill tolerance in the court system for drunken driving crimes. There have been many changes since, thanks to volunteers who have succeeded in making changes and strengthening existing laws.
For free red ribbons and information about the Crow Wing County Chapter of MADD, please contact MADD by phone at 828-5055, by fax at 822-3264 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MADD Member and volunteer, Crow Wing County Chapter
Beer garden would lead to problems
I would like to respond to the editorial in the Dec. 14 issue of the Dispatch. The editorial seemed to challenge the residents of Oak Lawn to "show some understanding" for other measures the fair board may take to increase their revenues, since they were denied a beer permit.
I am one of the Oak Lawn residents who is greatly opposed to having a beer garden at the fair. It is not only that children may be walking past the area, it is the accompanying problems that inevitably arise wherever alcohol is offered. Not everyone is a responsible adult when it comes to consuming alcohol and this would be an unnecessary opportunity to expose children to irresponsible behavior. Also, I would ask the question, "Since children are usually driven to the fair, who would be driving them home? An adult? Perhaps an adult who had spent time in the beer garden while the children amused themselves with other entertainment offered for their age level?"
I accept the challenge and declare that I would support other means of increasing revenue. I would even offer the suggestion of charging as little as $1 per person over the age of 12 an entrance fee. I am sure this would generate a substantial amount of money, none of which would have to go toward the $15,000-$20,000 needed for increased security. (Which makes one think....if it is such a harmless offering, why would you need to pay that much for increased security?)
Oak Lawn Township
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