DL News Staff
I was so happy to read the article written by Berit Ramstad Skoyles on the decline of writing skills. All the things she mentioned have bothered me for a long time and, unfortunately, I don't see much improvement on the horizon. If you didn't learn these skills in school, there is no need to despair. There are many places to garner the information you need. The public library, workbooks available in chain and book stores and the web are good places to begin. Berit, thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Lynn Hummel's recent column entitled "That amazing bakery aroma" brought back a few memories in regards to the smell of bakeries, breweries and mother's homemade bread. It also reminded me of the smell of Milwaukee some 26 years ago when one of my best assignments ever was to write a story about the Brewery Workers Local No.
At the Frazee-Vergas School Board meeting on March 12, the main item of discussion was the Marsden Custodial contract and whether to continue it or drop it. After some heated discussion, it was voted to discontinue the contact. Supt. Cheney had prepared for the board members, a rather detailed account of why the District might be better off going back to hiring our own custodians as we had done for many years. The end result was that where Marsden had claimed that it would save the district $8,000 per year it would appear that Marsden was actually costing us $38,000 more per year.
Washington D.C. does not have a monopoly on politicians abusing the authority entrusted in them by the public. Minnesota, seemingly intent on squandering an opportunity to be a leader by standing up and putting an end to the ludicrous practice of subsidizing private professional sports franchises with taxpayer dollars, is on the brink of following like sheep, other cities and states that have allowed themselves to be bamboozled by greedy billionaire owners and scheming politicians. Elected officials like Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
"On the road to Mandalay, where the flyin' fishes play, an' the dawn comes up like thunder. Outer China 'crost the Bay!" As a child that adventurous song of Rudyard Kipling sent me to fantasy land. Fish flying! Today, with realism staring me in the face, I tremble to think of what this one more invasive might do to Minnesota's waters. Since the Europeans first touched soil of North America, "native" species in one area have received dangerous "exotic" visitors. "Natives" existed in their comfort spots before the white man got here.
Gov. Mark Dayton and other misguided politicians and special interest groups are touting an expansion of gambling as a means of raising money to build a new stadium for the Vikings. But, what I offer here should be considered by all who will be called on to implement or authorize new gambling plans. The issue of gambling expansion is really, at its core, the ultimate political question of what the government's role is in a society. Gambling is predatory. The odds of losing far outweigh the odds of winning, and the working-class are much more likely prey to the allure of gambling.
When the Bush Administration went into Afghanistan, I felt at the time and wrote about this that all nations are affected by terrorism and that because of this, we needed all the help we could get to win this war. Well only a few nations helped us and we didn't give the others an ultimatum and say, "We will not go in if we don't have your help!" Now the U.S. can see that we should get out instead of using all our good men and women and money to keep this war going. We can protect our own country from terrorism and others can do the same.
Congratulations to the DL boys basketball team for their trip to state -- job well done and good luck. That being said, my daughters came home from school Friday and told me with great disappointment that the All-City Band Concert, scheduled for this Thursday, March 22, is cancelled due to the pending state tournament.
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