DL News Staff
The ugly face of reservation politics has arisen! For several months I have sat on the sidelines observing and listening to the plight of the Anishinaabeg on the White Earth Reservation. It is clear that as members of the White Earth Nation, we need to stand up and take charge of our future! On March 10, Chairwoman Erma Vizenor stood before 700-plus tribal members at the State of the Band Address committing to uphold the vision of the White Earth Tribal Council. She praised and credited the Tribal Council for being progressive, strong, and stable.
Becker County residents, our county has no business getting involved in purchasing the Detroit Mountain. This kind of business venture is left to the private sector. Becker County residents/taxpayers, we need to say as tax paying citizen's "no" to the mountain project.
Over the years we have voted for the right people to run our government and spend our tax money. Like any employee they should come under scrutiny from time to time. So here goes. The people we've elected also appoint other people to run our government, judges, czars, cabinet people, heads of departments and various bureaucratic employees. We the people have little control over the appointees actions.
You've read the story in the newspaper. You've heard the rumors around town -- now, Here's The Rest of The Story. On March 1, Detroit Lakes Broadcasting, Inc. (Ken Buehler) sold KRCQ Radio to Lake Lida Broadcasting (Chris Bernier). Earlier in 2009, Spilman Broadcasting Inc. (Bob Spilman) had filed foreclosure papers on Detroit Lakes Broadcasting, Inc. (Ken Buehler) due to a default on the financing contract it had with Spilman Broadcasting, Inc. However, Detroit Lakes Broadcasting, Inc. (Buehler) was able to locate a buyer, Lake Lida Broadcasting, Inc.
There are familiar Bible verses from Ecclesiastes 3:1. "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven." For those of us who lived our formative years in the 60's, the popular song performed by the Byrds, "Turn, Turn, Turn," revisits those verses. In my life those words have had special significance time and time again. In times of great joy and in times of sorrow they have helped me put events into perspective. A recent bright yellow insertion to the Lakes Country Connection Newspaper delivered a very gloomy outlook for our future.
As a lifelong resident of the Lake Park-Audubon community, I am very concerned about the vote on May 25. I truly believe this vote is huge in terms of the future of our school district and our communities. I am not only a lifelong resident, but also a staff member and parent of the LP-A district. I am so proud to be a Raider. We have awesome students and a great staff here. My heart breaks when I think about the possibility of the vote not passing. I know that if the vote does not pass, the future of our district and ultimately our communities is in major jeopardy.
A recent publication by one of the columnists bashing the Detroit Lakes High School Post Prom had left many people upset after what this individual had written. I myself had attended both Prom and Post Prom. I enjoyed both events. The teacher skits were created to have entertainment and were not meant for anything but entertainment. The skits had involved teachers and a local police officer, Officer Shroyer, who we see in the everyday school setting, but were for pure entertainment purposes. The band was a student band from the high school.
I'm writing this letter to make some points that didn't get in the article I wrote in the April 25th paper. I stated in that article that the Reservation Business Committee (RBC) now requires the people to put in a request a week ahead of time to be heard at the next RBC meeting. This gives her (Erma) time to hand pick who will be allowed to speak and what questions they can ask. After all that, if you're chosen you get three minutes. Just don't ask a question that calls for accountability, because you will be out of order.
One more time the voters of Lake Park-Audubon go to the polls to tell the School Board and Superintendent that the majority of school district residents do not want this $21,000,000 School Bond. Supt. Hogie and the School Board paint gloom and doom scenarios that can only be fixed with this bond's passage. What they are not considering is a declining school enrollment each year. In the last 10 years, enrollment has declined by 126 students, with nothing to indicate that will change in the future.
Regarding the pre-election yellow fact sheet paid for by the informed taxpayers group. Once again the yellow cowards are publishing statements and questions with no truthful backup facts or figures. The statement (not allowed to vote on repairs and not owe a dime) needs an explanation. I know a few business owners and others who belong to the group. I do not understand their negative attitude. They have expensive homes located in town and on the lakes, including all the toys, many cars, trucks, and watercraft but don't want their taxes to go up.