DL News Staff
The reasons why Minnesota property taxes are at the breaking point are primarily local spending at unsustainable levels and the inability of our Legislature to recognize the real problem of the outdated property tax assessment system. Rep. Marquart announces that replacing "homestead credit" with "value exclusion" has brought chaos to property owners. The Becker County Taxpayers Association (BCTA), Inc., believes that the assessment appraisal system is unbelievably flawed. Rep. Marquart refuses to accept facts and stands by 19th century standards.
Thank you for much for honoring my Dad on Veterans Day with your wonderful story. While talking with my Dad about his World War II experiences in the late 1980s, I thought perhaps his heroics would have qualified him for a Bronze Star so I sent a request for the U.S. Army to review his record and consider awarding it to him. Dad was awarded a Bronze Star in 1989. This is how Dad told me about the incident for which he was awarded the Bronze Star: "I was a sergeant and squad leader with the U.S. Army's Co.
In light of the new study which found that pediatricians sometimes fail to alert authorities when they suspect that their patients may be the victims of child abuse, I urge readers to do the right thing and speak up if they witness or suspect the abuse of any vulnerable being, including animals. Exposing and stopping animal abusers doesn't only protect animals, it makes the entire community safer. Animal abusers are cowards who take their issues out on "easy victims" -- and their targets often include members of their own species.
We're looking for the Republican Party. They have been missing now for several years. We fear it has been kidnapped. Seems a new entity called The Tea Party has infiltrated the traditional Republican Party, taken over its leadership and eviscerated the thinking of traditional Republicans. Republicans have always been a "go slow, plan ahead, think things over before taking action" people. There is much to be said for this philosophy, but it seams to be gone now. Can you help us relocate this lost relic? They were very supportive of military might, but quite short on domestic programs.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Many parents today home-school their children because they believe that their children's education is far too important to turn over to government-controlled schools. Taxpayers must pay all the expenses to build and maintain school buildings and pay teachers and staff. But, our government dictates what is and what is not taught. It's liberal and progressive legislation and the Department of Education has only produced failure.
Veterans Day is a day to celebrate warriors of all different kinds. Whether they served in World War II or the Iraq war, the holiday is in honor of them. Veterans Day affords all of us a special opportunity to honor the deeds of those who sacrificed so much to answer the call to arms during the life of this great country. On this day, our Nation is united in tribute to the valiant men and women who have unselfishly given of themselves to serve in our Armed Forces.
On behalf of the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and the Pelican River Watershed District, we would like to thank all those who attended the Becker County Commission meeting on Oct. 24 to urge the Commissioners to form a Becker County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force. We would also like to thank the Commissioners for asking us to make our recommendations. The threat of zebra mussels and other invaders is real. We have to look no further south of the county line than Pelican, Rose, Lizzie and Prairie lakes. Winter does not kill zebra mussels nor does anything else.
On behalf of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to support and encourage our event at the Holiday Inn on Sunday Oct. 23, featuring Johan and Sonja Hinderlie dramatizing Martin Luther and his wife, Katie. We had a great response and the performance was truly inspirational. It was a powerful reminder that one person (and his wife) who stand up for what is right can make a profound difference in bringing about reform for good. -- Pastor Jim Osvold, Detroit Lakes
Do Republicans (and I will add the Tea Party in also) think for a minute that people without jobs will be content forever? Are the Republicans waiting until they can win the presidency before they will say, "yes" for job creation? That is a full year away. Not raising the tax rate on the rich top earners to help this situation is so ridiculous. Will we become a police state to keep order so peaceful angry citizens will remain quiet? This problem is so easy to solve and not by deregulation as was done before the collapse of Wall Street and the housing market.
During the fall months, stores busily put out items to decorate our homes for the upcoming season. It amazes me how early Christmas items show up on the shelves. And Halloween is not a nightmare but a dream-come-true for merchants because our culture has "bought in" to celebrating the darkness and macabre or seamy aspects of humanity. So when we peruse the isles we have Santa Claus decorations on one side and Halloween gore or perversion on the other. Recently, I was not looking for either section. I wanted to find what was out on the shelves for Thanksgiving.