DL News Staff
The letters column of the March 11 issue of the Becker County Record carried a story thanking Walmart for helping a woman find a stolen purse. The first paragraph of the story was my story also. About three weeks ago, I wheeled our groceries out to the car and promptly returned the grocery cart to the cart corral without noticing that my purse was still in the cart. Don't ask me how I could miss something as much a part of my body as my right arm. My husband and I were two miles from Walmart when I reached for my purse on the floor of the car and didn't find it there.
Congratulations on the moving article by Pippi Mayfield about "Izzy the dog." It was great to finally see Georgia Nagel get long overdue credit for some of the pro-bono community work she does in looking after the welfare of the area's needy pets. It is also great to know that people like Johanne Pardiac are out there looking after pets that haven't been so lucky in their selection of owners. The Humane Society and the Marshmallow Foundation are the two nonprofit entities that locally oversee the treatment and placement of those less fortunate family pets. -- Jack Chivers, Detroit Lakes
In reply to the article "Bombarded by the 'F-Bomb,'" there is no such word in the Webster dictionary. Fu*# in China means chief city; Fu*# in Scotland means full. The reason the word has power is it is associated with people who are out of control or having a tantrum. On the other hand, God means maker or ruler of universe, supreme being. I am very offended with "Oh My God." We hear it taken lightly in laughter and jest and accepted. This is cursing and blasphemy. Do not take the Lord your God's name in vain. Exodus 20:7; Lev. 19:12; Deut. 6:13. -- Edith Hansen, Detroit Lakes
Let's talk about big government today. Let's make it a twofer by adding socialism shall we? What is big government? Well, big government is you and me. Socialism is you and me. If you are drawing social security benefits, it's you and me. If you are using medicare and veteran's health care, it's you and me. If you are receiving a farm subsidy, it's you, not me. Okay, for those of you that hate socialism so much, let's get rid of it. You will discover that you hate the word, not the benefits. Stop social security -- privatize it. Stop medicare -- vouchers (privatize it). Stop V.A.
On Friday, my daughter and I were shopping at Walmart and after we put away our groceries in our vehicle we put the cart in the return cart section, unkowingly leaving my purse in the cart. We headed uptown town to do some other shopping and on the way, I realized that I left my purse in the cart. We quickly headed back to Walmart in a panic and when we got there, my purse was gone. I franticly went to the customer service desk to see if the purse had been turned in, but to my dismay it had not. I was so sick to my stomach. I had everything in my purse.
Why has Minnesota's assessment system survived from the 19th century to date? The most regressive costly taxing system continues to burden Minnesota taxpayers without relief. There are assessor costs at the township, city, county, DOR regional staff and the Dept. of Revenue Property Tax Division at the Capitol. There are boards of review (equalization) at town and county levels. There are appeal costs and district court counsel expenses. The system becomes even more ridiculous with administering homestead credits and property tax refunds.
Once again the community and surrounding area has generously supported our upcoming 22nd Annual Lakes Crisis & Resource Center's Banquet. This year's theme, "All in the Family," was selected to remind us how healthy families are critical to the well -- being of our community. Lakes Crisis & Resource Center continues to provide critical and essential services to Becker County. In 2011, we served over 700 individuals that were victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or general crime.
Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and Pelican River Watershed District would like to add its support to the Record's commendations of the Becker County Board for taking a first step in the fight against aquatic plants and animals with the hiring of an AIS coordinator.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all those that made this year's Polar Fest another success. With events ranging from the return of the Breakfast Rotary's Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby on Little Detroit Lake to Polar Explorer Will Steger at the Historic Holmes Theater, vintage snowmobile racing, golfing, motorcycle stunt exhibitions, boot hockey, youth fishing derby and ice harvesting demonstration, the 5K Freeze Your Buns Run, topped off by spectacular fireworks at the city beach and Polaritaville Dance, it was fantastic!
I am an old man now. I will be 77 on the 22nd of March, 2012. While I have always been interested in politics, studied the candidates, and voted in all elections, I never managed to get so engrossed in politics until this year. This is the year I met Rick Santorum. At the time of the meeting, I was impressed with what he had to say but was uncertain how to vote. I knew I would vote for someone -- anyone other than Barack Obama. Obama is smart, eloquent, and a master at placing blame. In that respect, he is no different from most politicians.