DL News Staff
Brita Sailer knows firsthand the importance of education. She educated herself, then her children, then spent time in schools teaching about recycling and the environment, and finally moved to defending in the legislature the right of everyone to have a quality education. She understands that education is perhaps the best way (other than coming from a rich family) for individuals to improve their living conditions, that with education comes innovations necessary for a strong economy, and that without it, people are more easily manipulated by those with money and power.
If President Obama and Governor Romney are serious about stimulating job and economic growth, they need to start by presenting their ideas on shoring up housing, which is the biggest financial asset of most American families. During this presidential campaign, housing has been the elephant in the room that to date has not been addressed, even though the health of the nation's housing is directly linked to job creation, consumer confidence and a robust economy. One need look no further than here in Minnesota where residential construction collapsed to 21 percent of normal production and
In advocating for gay marriage, the Rev. Kuether is guilty of a straw man argument commonly used to discredit what most people and all of history have recognized -- that marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. His misleading argument goes like this: the view that marriage is between one man and one woman is merely a "religious" view, and for that reason should not find its way into a state's constitution.
Often, voters hope their ballot isn't canceled out by their partner, but nobody I know wants it canceled out by a fraudulent voter. Personally, as a Minnesota citizen, I believe all legal voters have the right to expect the state to count and protect each and every legitimate vote. (Thus the Voter ID Amendment on the November Ballot.) But Mark Ritchie, our Secretary of State, doesn't think so. His position on validating legal votes is it will cost too much and could delay election results by a week or more. (DL Record 9/2/12). Surely he jests!
I have been blessed to be able to call Detroit Lakes home since 1999, when I began serving the Congregational United Church of Christ. As a congregation, we strive to model a spiritual community of faith that continually works toward justice while seeking peace, healing and wholeness of life for all people. This is a faith we seek not only to believe, but also to live day to day. As election day nears, all Minnesotans are being called to think about the issues that face us on the November ballot.
With the excessive focus being on the terms "rights" and "choice" I find that the important thing to consider regarding it is this: Though one is rightfully free to choose one is not rightfully free to choose the consequences of the selected choice. -- Victor J. Kern, Wadena
Recently a political flyer was mailed out to selected Minnesota Senate District 4 voters by the Republican Party attacking my opponent. It was sent without my knowledge and I do not agree with the tactic of the piece. I do not condone a strategy of attacking my opponent in this way. My campaign has been built on a positive message of job creation, fiscal accountability, and restoring statesmanship to our Senate. In the future, I would suggest the party take the money from these types of mailings and donate to their favorite charity. It would be money better spent.
SJE Rhombus is a growing and thriving business and in order to handle this growth, the company needs talented and skilled professionals. From engineers to accountants to sales professionals, our growth is dependent on attracting these individuals to our company and our community. The proposed Detroit Mountain Recreation Area can be an economic development tool in attracting new employees and retaining current employees.
I have recently read the news article regarding Pelican Lake in The Forum as well as the letter to the editor which followed the article. Both pieces are based upon perceptions of Pelican Lake from individuals who may not be aware of some facts that are counter to their perceptions. I am writing this as chairman of the Pelican Group of Lakes Improvement District (PGOLID), which comprises Pelican Lake, Little Pelican Lake, Fish Lake and Bass Lake.
There seems to be some disagreement and downright anger at the article that was written about weed growth on Pelican Lake which included my personal observations in front of my family's cottage on the north shore of Pelican Lake, Killarney Beach. I know many factors contribute to lake changes and weed growth including warmer weather, lower water, and excessive nutrients.