DL News Staff
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.
The Newt can choose, while women will lose, their freedom. Pimps and johns will deadly abuse, the fatherless in news; that damns them from conception to death or death row! The jails will spill, with their overfill. America will lose, while the Newt can choose! -- Arden Lommen, Walterboro, S.C.
"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.