DL News Staff
The Detroit Lakes Jaycees would like to thank the following organizations for their contributions to the 2009 Gifts for Kids program: Curves, the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, the Detroit Lakes Senior Center, First Security Bank, Central Market and the Washington Square Mall. With the help of these organizations, the Jaycees were able to provide toys for 315 Detroit Lakes area children.
Nearly 50 million people are without health insurance. This is unconscionable in a country with so many riches. With each passing day, more workers will join the ranks of the uninsured as employers struggle with ever increasing insurance costs by not offering coverage, shifting more costs to employees and/or dropping dependent coverage. According to a report by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, a full one in six employees with employer-sponsored insurance in 2006 lost that coverage by 2008.
I am writing in response to the editorial by Eric Bergeson on Dec. 6. In his article entitled Turkey Woes, he had several facts wrong and I would like to enlighten him. I am going to comment on his statements as I found them ridiculous. In his article he states that if turkey was any good we would eat it all year round. I have news for Eric. Most people eat turkey all year round. The average per capita consumption is 13.8 lbs. a year. The amount consumed at the holidays is a whopping 90 million pounds. Turkey is the perfect protein with less fat and more protein than chicken.
ELCA elites have apparently determined that social and lifestyle policies that contradict scripture are not congregational voting issues. It is in print that ELCA spent $1.15 million on the sexuality studies but did not allow congregations to determine if such a study was necessary or valid. Nor did ELCA hierarchy allow congregations to vote on the issue of accepting Biblical sinful lifestyles. Congregational donations are intended for God's work. Our funding is meant for spreading God's word. Not to study ways to subvert scripture to accommodate sinful lifestyles.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." and I'm grateful for the truly wonderful thing that happened Tuesday night in downtown Detroit Lakes. Norby's Department Store held their annual Open House and also announced the culmination of Project Give-Back, in which shoppers throughout the month of November were awarded with a $10 coupon for every $100 spent.
There will no doubt be a lot of people who read this letter who will think that I have lost my mind. In the past I have often referred to teacher matters in an un-complimentary manner. Well now things have come full circle and it time to look at the other side of the picture. As we all know, economic times are not good and it doesn't appear that they will get any better in the near future.
On behalf of the majority responding New York Mills graduated class of 1963, I am making the following requests: First, that a constitutional amendment be passed which disallows any and all future deficit spending by the federal government. We believe it is irresponsible to pass a huge and rapidly growing debt on to our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Second, that meaningful campaign finance reform be passed.
Never has there been a time that I have been prouder to live in a community then I was before and during the Community Thanksgiving Feast. This was an event hosted by Holy Rosary, but it was truly a work of love and caring from the entire community. The outpouring of volunteers was amazing. So many, many people were so willing to give up their Thanksgiving to serve others.
Big Stone II's demise is not a bad sign for wind, it is the opposite. Now is the opportunity to move ahead to the next economy, not to worry about what we lost with a big polluter. Let's give this gift to our future generations -- a better future. Take a deep breath and let's take a look at what the next energy economy will look like. We will move to an entirely non-fossil fuel economy based on solar and wind.
Fall has always been a time of exciting and anticipated change in Minnesota. If you're like me, you're excited about the change that could come to the Minnesota governor's office in the fall of 2010. Knowing the challenges we face and the uncertainty in our state, national and global economies, when the people of Minnesota head to the voting booth to pick our next governor it will be one of the more important elections we have ever faced.