DL News Staff
I have heard it said, "A person who has nothing to hide, hides nothing." In Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's case, in not releasing his past tax records, it seems this old saying may have some merit. I feel that hardly anyone begrudges him the fact that he has made a lot of money. It is how he made the money that some may question especially in the fact that businesses that were going bankrupt were taken over by his company and jobs sent overseas.
The job of the legislature is to decide who to tax, how much they are going to pay and where to spend the money. A couple of precepts should be followed -- the taxing should be fair and the money spent wisely. The first principal, fair taxation, should be of concern to everyone. It is certainly a concern to the rich. They have seen to it that they have not paid their fair share of the total tax burden for at least 10 years. The total tax burden includes all state and local taxes. We pay taxes all year long through sales tax, gas tax, etc. Most taxes are regressive.
I am a recently retired Dean of Academic and Student Affairs from M State Detroit Lakes campus. As such, I have had the opportunity to work closely with David Collins to bring post-secondary education, entrepreneurism and custom training to Park Rapids. As part of that collaborative working experience, I was able to see first hand the difference that David can make. David gets it and he get it done. Even though I am a registered democrat, I am excited to support a candicate with David's philosophy.
Thanks for the memories from your article on the Blanding Store in the July 8 Record. My very first job fresh out of high school, the summer of 1969 was at Blanding's, and Dick and Henry were the nicest bosses an 18-year-old country girl could work for. It was a great learning experience in retail and the kindness and patience shown to this "new-kid-on-the-block" by the grand ladies and gentlemen that worked there was special.
I lost a friend today. There are an estimated 18 suicide attempts every day by our warrior/veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. I don't know their names, but one to three succeed. I just lost a friend today. There has been tens of thousands of suicides by Vietnam veterans, enough for another "Wall." I have lost many of my friends today. No, freedom is not free. There has been an estimated 19,000 sexual assaults/rapes, every year for the past five years, that's 100,000, unless you are a bean counter, then it's only 95,000.
The lakes, rivers, forests and wetlands of Minnesota's "Arrowhead Region" are some of our country's most sacred resources. They are enjoyed by local residents, by people from all over Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and by those from the far flung corners of the United States. I've been lucky enough to visit this area and hope to take my young children there in the near future. My children are depending on today's elected leaders to make the right decisions to ensure that these treasures remain intact forever. Legislation introduced in May by Rep. Chip Cravaack (H.R.
Thanks for great 'Quake the Lake VI' event in DL On behalf of myself and the Twin Cities Power Boat Association, I would like to thank everyone for attending Quake the Lake VI. The racers and crews truly put on a world class event in Detroit Lakes. We had a live video feed of the race into the Holiday Inn, courtesy of Jeff Jasperson and his professional staff. Spectators lined the roadway all the way over to the Lodge during the event.
Another Iditarod has come and gone, but there will be no relief for the dogs who are bred and stored like inventory for this grueling spectacle: They'll go from the frigid back country to the cold length of a six-foot chain. Dogs used to pull sleds spend most of their time tethered to ramshackle houses or overturned oil barrels. Their world consists of a muddy stew of their own feces and urine. Unable to socialize or interact as they need and want to, dogs can become depressed, anxious, and aggressive.
I recently moved to Detroit Lakes and had the opportunity to take my grandchildren to the Easter egg hunt at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, March 31. The Lakes Area Vineyard Church and Boys and Girls Club did an excellent job sponsoring this event. I was impressed with the large number of volunteers and their dedication to the project. There were many events for children of all ages to participate in. Once again, congrats on a job well done! -- Jean Mattson, Detroit Lakes
On March 22, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced legislation to tighten payment limits on federal farm programs and close loopholes mega-farms use to evade payment limits. This is the most important step Congress can take to strengthen family farms. The Grassley-Johnson bill has a hard cap on marketing loan gains of $75,000 ($150,000 for a couple). The remainder of the payment limit would cap the total amount a farmer can receive in safety-net payments generally.