DL News Staff
This is a common question right about now, "What do you want for Christmas?" If a child is being asked, then the question might be, "What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?" Think of the possibilities! The child has been told that Santa has a special home at the North Pole where an entire village of elves (Santa is the chief elf) is hard at work making presents for all the boys and girls around the world. If you are on the nice list, you get a present tailor-made to fit your wishes. My guess is every child in Minnesota gets a Santa present.
There is only one difference between a good community and an incredible community: the amount of help given to the less fortunate. Incredible communities understand that lifting up their neighbors in need is an investment that pays social and economic dividends.
Mirriam-Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines "bully" as "a blustering, browbeating person; especially... to others who are weaker;" and (as a verb), "to affect by means of force or coercion; to use browbeating language or behavior." During the past few years bullying has become a serious concern, especially among children and teenagers. In several widely publicized cases, bullying led to suicide by the victim. Parents and other adults might ask, "Why did this happen?
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local spending at unsustainable levels and the inability of our Legislature to recognize the real problem of the outdated property tax assessment system.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.