DL News Staff
The recent incident involving the shooting of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is something that the Americans might expect to hear happening in Iraq or Afghanistan but here in the United States... Then, why did it happen here? And, even more disturbing -- is it likely to happen again and again? The anti-gun group will likely point to guns as the villain. And, it is true that as long as there are guns and "nuts" that problem will never be resolved. However, as we look for real answers, we must examine the present political climate here in our country.
With 300 or more children in foster homes in the Becker County area alone, it is no wonder my daughter is always mentioning this kid or that kid that is in foster care. But never before had one of her stories broke my heart like the story she told me on the way home from school Dec. 22. It was of one very young adult that just graduated last spring and after turning 18 and graduating, was not covered under foster care any longer.
To the gentleman who expressed a desire for a return to the Eisenhower era, I could not agree more. President Eisenhower was a true visionary, a believer in progress, a believer in the middle-class (his citizen/soldiers) and the future. The creation of the interstate highway system and the warning to "control the military industrial complex." The highway system was and is an incredible success story. The military industrial complex is what it is and has quite possibly bankrupted our economy.
You can't see the forest for the trees, as the saying goes. But you can't see the highway when it snows, because there are no trees. Interstate highways 94 and 29 need to have groves of trees planted along their paths, so that the highways will be protected when the wind blows snow across the road. This alone would help so that these important travelways would not need to be closed as often when a winter storm appears, and it would reduce the number of accidents because more motorists would be able to see what is going on ahead of them.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the November 2 election and who voted for me for the Detroit Lakes School Board position. It wasn't too disappointing not to be elected given the fact that the three elected candidates -- Terrie Boyd, Brenda Muchenhirn, and David Langworthy -- are great people who will serve our District well. I would also like to state that Ladd Lyngaas is a fine selection to fill the board position vacated by Barb Boyle.
In a recent DL Tribune article, Becker County Commissioner Barry Nelson states he would like the property tax abatement "clerical error" definition to include "field work" done by assessors. County Assessor S. Skoog did not agree because valuations are "assessor opinion based." Further that property owners are responsible for checking their valuation statements. Commissioner Larry Knutson suggests the county board continue to define hardship and not change the clerical error definition. Wow, how many taxpayers know of hardship abatements?
And PETA's 2010 Person of the Year is... former President Bill Clinton! Not just because of his charisma and eloquence and his efforts to shed light on many humanitarian issues, but because he is also helping to promote a healthy, humane vegan diet. Since President Clinton began eating more vegan foods -- in order to be around long enough to enjoy his future grandchildren now that his daughter Chelsea is married -- Clinton says that his metabolism has improved, and he now weighs as much as he did in high school.
Once again we are seeing a push to delist the wolves in Minnesota. This time the campaign is being driven by Senator Amy Klobuchar and her political contributors. Not only is there a push to delist the wolves but we are hearing rumors of bills being introduced in Congress that would outlaw any endangered species act protection for gray wolves. The sole purpose of such actions could only be to completely eradicate the entire wolf population. Think about that and the consequences it would bring as wolves play such an important part in our ecosystem.
My name is Ben Pedersen and I graduated from DLHS in 2005. This is my first year teaching (in Elk River, Minn.) and almost every single day, I think about something that I learned during my 20-plus years in Detroit Lakes. The teachers in Detroit Lakes have given me the tools to succeed for a lifetime. Along with my family, they taught me how to be compassionate and understanding. This goes a long way when helping my own students learn and grow on a daily basis. I am also thankful for the community as a whole.
In response to an editorial in the DL Tribune, I guess I have to consider myself one of those nasty people that won't cross the aisle with an open hand. First of all, I have no time for politicians that tell me I'll get to see what's in a multi-trillion dollar health bill after they pass it. Second, those in power who passed the bill locked out a large number of legislators as they debated the bill. That's right, debated unopposed behind closed doors. Third, the ability to finance this bill was purposely overstated.