DL News Staff
Was anyone surprised by Don Thorp getting the school board position? Not me. Do you realize, according to the school board minutes of April 9, 2007, the school board will have to let Superintendent. Deron Stender know by May 1, 2010 if they intend to renew his contract? That means, we won't be able to vote for new school board members until the present school board lets him know if his contract will be renewed. I am going to predict that something drastic would have to happen in order for that not to occur with the present school board.
It is with regret that there is far less discussion in the Burlington town hall than in the press. With people's mortgage escrow payment increasing as a result of this year's record breaking Burlington tax increase, I have received calls from upset neighbors. I reminded them that at the annual meeting, the people overwhelmingly voted down the Eagle Lake paving project and strongly supported the graveling and dust control plan. They ask me why doesn't their vote count for anything anymore? People now realize their promised gravel road plan died because of the Eagle Lake paving cost.
As a member of the Becker County Fair Board, I would like to start off by thanking all of the visitors, participants, and volunteers who supported, exhibited at, and spent time at this year's Becker County Fair. The fair board believed the 2009 fair to be an overall success. Record numbers attended the demolition derby, entered in the open class building and came to enjoy all the fair offered. Recent comments about the carnival necessitate some response. The carnival that was at the 2008 Becker County Fair was under contract to play the 2009 fair.
This is in response to a letter from Mr. Gary Larsen to the Frazee Forum on July 15th. It is impossible to address all of the comments in the letter so I have chosen only to address those I consider misleading or erroneous. Words in italics are taken directly from Mr. Larsen's letter. "Where's the Money" After August the Burlington Township checkbook will be Zero! The savings reserve will be zero! Property tax distribution will be zero! Burlington Township will not be able to pay insurance, the snow removal, the electric bill, or even the Internal Revenue Service. THE FACTS: 1.
As new car dealerships ramp up advertising to attract motorists to the showroom using "Cash for Clunkers" as an incentive, we anticipate a consumer backlash once reality replaces the hype and car owners realize that "Cash for Clunkers" is nothing more than a clever slogan for a program to spend $1 billion of our tax dollars to fund a government subsidized vehicle trade-in to help new car dealers sell cars.
First, I would like to thank the people of our school district who have supported and encouraged me to run for the school board. These are the voters and taxpayers of the district. I want to inform you that I have completed the application process for consideration of the current school board opening. Secondly, I would like to remind a few of our school board members that this is an elected position, not a position that gets to be handpicked by a couple of people to fit their agenda.
My daughter and I were involved in a terrible car accident Tuesday, July 7, on Highway 10 right in Audubon. We would like to thank the many angels who appeared on the scene within minutes to help us. We do not know your names, we wish we did so we could thank you personally, but you have a special place in our hearts. You held our hands, kept us calm, and most of all were willing to lend aid to complete strangers. We wish each of you peace and may God bless you always. -- Melissa Conley, Detroit Lakes
Within the past few weeks, the House of Representatives voted for the first time on a bill that addresses climate change. This is a beginning and a compromise amongst a number of individuals from around the country, but it is a crucial step forward in addressing one of the moral issues of our time. As a person of faith, I would like to applaud Congressman Peterson for supporting this legislation.
A new study shows that people can lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk of strokes and heart disease by eating healthy vegetarian foods. This is great news, but it shouldn't come as any surprise: Animal products are high in cholesterol and saturated fat and have been shown to contribute to high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and other health problems. Plant-based foods, on the other hand, are cholesterol-free and have been shown to actually reverse arterial blockages. You know what it takes to live healthily.
If the President and Congress are going to enact national health care for our nation, then it must cover all Americans, and the congressmen must give up their generous plan and be required to be enrolled in the same plan they deem appropriate for the rest of Americans. We cannot let the politicians and their friends be a special class have a more desirable plan for themselves and a different plan for the rest of the nation. We were told at election time we should be able to enjoy the same health plan as Congress has.