DL News Staff
"Our government is too damn big," my colleague said to me one day over coffee. "Well, I know it seems too big," I replied, "but sometimes people need help, and there's no one else to do it." "They have families. Friends. Neighbors. Churches. Sometimes all they have to do is help themselves." "Sometimes it's the families or friends who are the problems." My reasoning did not change his mind. My logic did not help. He was convinced of his righteousness. All he could see was this enormous expense of Big Government.
Were you surprised to receive a 1099 form from Shooting Star as a Valued VIP Elite Member? I know I sure was. Being taxed on VIP Star Cash given as a VIP perk without any advanced indication that this would be considered income and taxable seems unthinkable. Now seems to be the time for a state run casino facility. The casino just devised a new star reward program and five step program, indicating that your gaming brings your fun higher and higher with five incredible levels with better point systems, instant cash and better comps, but still doesn't mention taxable income.
It's no surprise that the Westminster Dog Show has banished pro-adoption ads from the airwaves during its broadcast (AP story). The show's organizers would surely prefer that viewers forget about the millions of dogs who end up in our country's shelters every year -- and the fact that Westminster and the dog-breeding industry it props up are directly responsible for many of them.
It is always fun to read good news like the news reported in the Jan. 25 Tribune concerning all the profit the Detroit Lakes Liquor Store and Public Utilities is making. The fact that this money is being used to bring down our property taxes and fund worthwhile charities makes the story even better. What puzzles me is how the vast majority of our local political community seems to consider this a very good thing. When I listen to the election year rhetoric many pundits would consider this type of city involvement a horrible situation for the citizens of Detroit Lakes.
I am a part of the 99 percent but I don't envy the rich. What I do envy is the fact that the rich can hire high-powered accountants that can find all imaginable loopholes to help them lower their income to the lowest level possible and on top of this pay 15 percent on this income. This in turn helps the high-income earners to pay the least amount they owe for taxes. The people in the middle do not have this advantage because every penny they owe the government on their taxes must be paid because it shows up as income and there is nowhere to hide money.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 the truck I was driving stalled at the intersection of Roosevelt and 8th Street, Detroit Lakes. In a left turn lane, the truck wouldn't start. In a short time, a truck driver was there asking about my trouble. He used his cell phone to call for help. In a few minutes a mechanic from Swanson Repair-Truck Service arrived and got the truck going, and out of a very unhandy situation. I was the recipient of help from two very good samaritans. -- Bill Strache, Frazee
As the winter cold is here -- the Damien Society wishes to thank the generous people of our entire community for another successful "Mitten Tree Project." The trees once again overflowed with mittens, hats, and scarves from throughout our region to demonstrate the true spirit of Christmas.
The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis were pleased to sponsor the Holiday Wish Program once again this past holiday season. This was the 13th year of the program, which was conceived by Kiwanis member Al Boehne back in 1999. The program is all about helping families or individuals who have suffered some misfortune and could benefit from some help during the holiday season.
If you go to the Shooting Star Casino, take notice of this letter to the editor. On Jan. 20, 2012, I along with many other people received a letter from Shooting Star Casino. The letter was asking for my taxpayer I.D. number, certification of name, address, and social security number. Along with this letter was a W-9 form. Then on Feb. 1, 2012 Shooting Star sent a 1099 form in the amount of $3,510 referring to it as Star Cash from VIP Perks.
Seventeen months after the LP-A building bond passed in May of 2010, a meeting was held at the Lake Park City Hall concerning the access road from the new 7-12 facility to Highway 10. The access road was one item the landowner required to give the free property to the district. On this item alone I could never support the bond.