DL News Staff
We Americans are fond of asking, "Who is to blame for this economic morass we are in?" I ask, "Who has the best opportunity to fix the problem?" Determining the blame for our present financial difficulties is a useless endeavor. Was it the previous administration? The current one? Congress? Wall Street? Or any other entity that can be blamed? And for what purpose do we blame? Just to point a dirty finger at someone? To what gain is that? Instead, let's try to determine who can best solve our dilemma.
The election of 2010 was a Bait and Switch. Republican Tea Party candidates ran on creating jobs. After they took office they switched to social issues. Disenfranchisement of the poor and vulnerable, gun rights, union busting, abortion, gay marriage, and defunding education are the issues the Republican Tea Partiers have pushed in the Minnesota State Legislature. Check the record of the senator some voted into office in the Tenth District. Has she put forth any job creation or economic stimulus ideas or bills?
First they whined and complained about prayer in schools. Then they kicked their feet about a public displayed nativity scene. Then they protested the possibility of walking into a Ten Commandments plaque.
I was saddened and angered by the Republican budget cuts aimed directly at the poor and homeless. (Sunday, Sept. 4, the Record) Humiliation of poverty and homelessness, does not require piling on. What is your problem? Fully one third of the middle-class is now below the poverty line. What is your problem? Our national infrastructure; bridges, roads, water and waste systems, etc.; is now somewhere between 15 and 23rd on the world scale. What is your problem? The R.N.C. weeds the "righteous right" to win election's, with the canards and red herrings of hate and ignorance.
I had to chuckle when I read the article about the DL Development Committee rejecting a local man's request to keep bees on his property, although their lack of knowledge is definitely no laughing matter. And I further noted the irony of the library's selection for the issue to be a book about bees. It might be a good idea for the members of the committee to read this book. I wish there had been better reasons to refuse the permit than the committee gave.
There is a need for a third party and for independent candidates. With Congress now polling at 13 percent, it seems the majority of you agree. I have encouraged people to look at the Independence Party for leadership in our state government. Did you know that the IP is a state only party and not part of a national party? For those of you who can't see the IP being your choice, either because it's a state only party or because of Governor Ventura, I encourage you to look at the fastest growing party in America. The Modern Whig Party is that national centrist party you are looking for.
On Thursday we were to the eye doctor in Detroit Lakes and someone took our aerobic step bench. My husband has his eyes checked Thursday because he had lazer done. Well I went along instead of sitting in the car. I've had back surgery this year and over the years I've lost three inches in height so I have to use an aerobic step bench to get in our van that's 11 years old so the seat is too high. I don't need it to get out of the van but I back up with my walker and step on it and ease myself into the seat and turn.
Would whoever hired Tom Mortenson please step forward? I would like to shake his/her/their hands. One of the very first days of Mr. Mortenson's employ by Becker County, the Izaak Walton League (Ikes) showed a film on "Troubled Waters." Afterwards, Tom introduced himself to me and gave me his business card. I was surprised that he had chosen to attend. A few days later, I stopped by his office to ask if he could come to an Ikes meeting. He promptly put it on his calendar, and was there within two weeks.
Recently, Lester Brown, the founder of the Earth Policy Institute and a leading thinker on climate change, predicted that we are one bad harvest away from mass starvation. The effects of climate change -- drought, desertification, excessive rainfall and a warming environment -- are a factor that can't be ignored as we contemplate this specter of world hunger and starvation. Already, U.N. estimates place the number of under-nourished people worldwide at one billion, easily one out of six of us.
Thank you very much to those downtown D.L. businesses and organizations, and to the various community groups/volunteers who provided the beauty of flowers and greenery to business exteriors, the parks, and a variety of areas throughout the Detroit Lakes community this Summer. What a delightful, warm, and inviting atmosphere the floral arrangements and gardens have given, not just to the visitors to our community but also to its' residents. The efforts you have made to once again bring the floral arrangements to the downtown business area are greatly appreciated. Thanks again.