In reply to the article in the Dispatch from Pine River-Backus regarding the Pledge of Allegiance; called the Daily Salute.
Instead of questions asked by the writer, maybe a question should be asked, such as, "What have we done, or are willing to do to preserve the privilege of being able to say the pledge."
I gave 23 years of my life to be sure that we can say it.
As for the religion cop out, Clay, please take your dictionary and look up the word God. Now show me where it represents any particular religion.
Now please use your privilege every day to proudly say the pledge, because it was bought by the blood of hundreds of thousands who believed in the United States of America.
U.S. Army, retired
Another rubber stamp?
A motion and second from Alderman's Bevans and Fisher approving the 2004 budget and tax levy increase proposed by the city administrator passed 5-2. This motion will increase real estate taxes for Brainerd's citizens, the maximum amount allowed by state law.
Where property values increase, the city would receive more dollars without increasing the levy.
I've presented three different budget reduction proposals; none of these would have affected the health, safety and welfare of Brainerd's citizens. If some of my budget reductions would've been approved, the council would not need to increase the real estate taxes the maximum amount. Zero budget reduction proposals were offered by any other elected official. City Charter states, "The council shall manage and control all finances of the city."
In 2003, the city paid off an $80,000 bond for an ice-resurfacing machine. Where are the priorities, fire trucks or arena equipment? I support purchasing capital equipment like fire trucks. However, I believe these purchases should come from reserve funds amounting to over $1,000,000, not from increasing the tax levy $250,000. I voted no for adopting the 2004 budget and levy as proposed. This budget is not in the best financial interest of Brainerd's citizens.
In September, Alderman Bevans voted no on the preliminary tax levy increase after stating, "he wouldn't support this motion, as there needs to be leadership by the council to help reduce the expenses of government." Why did Bevans change? Is it because he's become another rubber stamp for the city administrator?
Alderman at Large -- Brainerd
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