DL News Staff
"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
In reply to the article "Bombarded by the 'F-Bomb,'" there is no such word in the Webster dictionary. Fu*# in China means chief city; Fu*# in Scotland means full. The reason the word has power is it is associated with people who are out of control or having a tantrum. On the other hand, God means maker or ruler of universe, supreme being. I am very offended with "Oh My God." We hear it taken lightly in laughter and jest and accepted. This is cursing and blasphemy. Do not take the Lord your God's name in vain. Exodus 20:7; Lev. 19:12; Deut. 6:13. -- Edith Hansen, Detroit Lakes
Let's talk about big government today. Let's make it a twofer by adding socialism shall we? What is big government? Well, big government is you and me. Socialism is you and me. If you are drawing social security benefits, it's you and me. If you are using medicare and veteran's health care, it's you and me. If you are receiving a farm subsidy, it's you, not me. Okay, for those of you that hate socialism so much, let's get rid of it. You will discover that you hate the word, not the benefits. Stop social security -- privatize it. Stop medicare -- vouchers (privatize it). Stop V.A.
On Friday, my daughter and I were shopping at Walmart and after we put away our groceries in our vehicle we put the cart in the return cart section, unkowingly leaving my purse in the cart. We headed uptown town to do some other shopping and on the way, I realized that I left my purse in the cart. We quickly headed back to Walmart in a panic and when we got there, my purse was gone. I franticly went to the customer service desk to see if the purse had been turned in, but to my dismay it had not. I was so sick to my stomach. I had everything in my purse.
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.