DL News Staff
I have voted for Collin Peterson in every election since 1991. Now that Collin is a big powerful chairman, it is evident he does not need the little people's vote anymore. Collin has a multimillion dollar Indian gambling entity to shovel taxpayer funds to rather than speak a word on behalf of a small group of unaffiliated, penniless Native Americans. A truly historic, ethnic tragedy is unfolding at the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. Forty pages of documentation was handed to Peterson's office manager in Detroit Lakes in June this year.
Over the past 10 years I have been looking at discussions concerning Social Security changes, both as a consumer and a financial professional, and have come to the following conclusion. If a politician is trying to convince you that privatizing Social Security is a good thing, don't walk away from that person, run. First of all, I don't see Social Security as an entitlement. It is now and always has been completely funded with employee and employer contributions.
I would like the city of Detroit Lakes to know the wonderful experience I had with Norby's department store this past week. My father, Jerry Miller, has been very sick and has a very hard time getting around. Last Saturday he went into Norby's Department Store and purchased two pairs of pants. The clerk more than happily sold them to him and agreed to alter them and have the pants ready for pick up on Wednesday. On Thursday, my father went to pick up the pants. Unfortunately, my father was told the pants were not ready for pick up and the clerk could not find the pants that were purchased. M
The 2010 election marks a crucial time for education, local government aid and flood protection funding for our area. Sen. Keith Langseth's experience and clout is needed now more than ever. I have served with Sen. Langseth for 10 years in the Minnesota Legislature. In a Legislature that has more metro legislators than rural legislators, I have seen first-hand how his leadership as chairman of the powerful Senate Capital Investment Committee has benefitted our area against the odds. Sen. Langseth has "beaten the odds" and delivered for our area time and time again.
For a long time I have not spoken about what is happening in the Frazee-Vergas School Board election. Because I care about our students, school and taxpayers, I feel I must speak out. I am writing because of concerns I have about some of the candidates and current school board members in the Frazee-Vergas School District. It involves the following persons: Candidates Jim Nelson and Kenny Fett and school board members Richard Ziegler and Steve Jepson. It has come to my attention that before the Oct. 11 school board meeting, the above mentioned persons met at Jim Nelson's house.
Bring back Detroit Mountain as a year-round recreational park. This is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this piece of property. Think of the foresight people had when they established the Detroit Lakes Country Club, Dunton Locks, the city parks, our mile long beach, baseball parks, soccer fields, tennis courts, the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, county fair grounds, field house for hockey and community events and the city and county airport. These facilities are used by thousands of people year-round.
Every election is important. It is one of the freedoms we have been blessed with and yet many take it for granted. This year seems to be an especially important election because it appears that too many of our freedoms are being eroded right before our eyes. I want people in office who represent our freedom and our family values. The incumbents haven't met my expectations at all. Here in District 2A, I'll be voting for Ben Grimsley. Actually this year, I'll be voting right on down the GOP line on Nov. 2. I urge you to do the same. -- Rita Boyce, Park Rapids
This is kind of a bedbug story. We were on a little island during the war and it had its share of bedbugs. I don't know how they got there. They would get up in the corner of the mosquito nets in the daytime and come out in force at night. Some groups were really ate up. I never had a bite.
October is Breast Cancer Prevention month. Being aware of what we can do to prevent breast cancer is so important. My mother and two aunts all had this cancer. Mom had one breast removed in 1963 (when no one spoke the "C" word and many thought it was a contagious disease). Twenty years later she had the other breast removed. Prevention is the key. Get your regular mammograms, doctor examination, and do personal breast examination. In the 1950s research was done which found abortion in a first pregnancy was a direct link to breast cancer.
They say a new type of mining in Northern Minnesota could bring several hundred jobs with it, but what must be investigated are the effects that this type of mining has on its environment and its communities. Sulfide mining has damaged ecosystems across the nation and left the taxpayer to pick up the cost and mess. With exploratory mines being established in the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Watershed, I think Minnesotans need to take a deeper look into the ideals and motivations of these powerful mining interests.