DL News Staff
The 2011 Becker County Fair's Tractor Parade was a very successful event.
Did you know that the top one percent of our population holds the assets equivalent to 90 percent of our population? Did you know that 400 people of that one percent hold the assets equivalent to 156 million of our citizens? Did you know that 25 hedge fund managers have a "loophole" of a minimum of 4 billion dollars? Did you know the Paulson Hedge fFnd of $4.9 billion is the equivalent of 184,000 of our fellow citizens? None of these people are "job creators." The appropriate term is "parasites." You "tea baggers" are subsidizing them.
The problems our nation faces at present have been fertilized to grow long ago. Long ago when pacifism was the norm. The time for its reaping is due, along with the pain. Similar to the parable of the 10 virgins mentioned in scripture: Five wise and five foolish. Similar also to the sailor recruit during World War II who didn't take basic training seriously. After graduating from basic he was assigned to a destroyer to be sent into the deep and distant Pacific. The crew aboard the destroyer was notified that the area they'd be entering was saturated with Japanese mines and submarines.
I just got through reading through the new Minnesota State Budget. I think a lot of people might have missed the disclaimer in small print at the end of the document. "Absolutely no millionaires were hurt or sacrificed in any way during the making of this budget." I know I feel a lot better knowing that no one will have to give up their mink covered toilet seat on their new yacht. There were some good lessons to learn in personal finance, however, for the rest of us who have to figure out how to pay all of our new property taxes and state fees. Pay your taxes with a credit card.
When the serious downturn in the economy occurred near the end of the Bush administration, he and congress bailed out "companies that were too big to fail" and also provided some bonuses to those whose company failed because they had a contract with the company beforehand. My contention was at the time that they didn't have any contract because it should have negated their contract when the business failed and the government (the U.S. citizen) picked up the tab. The Obama administration and the new congress did likewise in continuing bailouts.
Is there really a problem with Climate Change? Some scientists, who think they know more than God, believe there is. Let us compare the qualifications of both parties. From Webster's dictionary we can find the attributes of God. First of all, God is infinite, being without limits of any kind. God is omniscient, having all knowledge. God is omnipotent, having all power. God is also omnipresent, being present in all places at all times. On the other hand, man is finite, having limits, not having all knowledge, not having all power, and not being able to be present in all places at all times.
The facts speak for themselves. Did you know that the GOP proposes a major cut to the University Of Minnesota? Are you aware that Republicans advocate reducing education funding for Special Needs Students? Can you believe that Republicans are proposing no funding for Early Childhood Education? Did you know that property taxes are projected to increase more than a billion dollars over the next four years if the Republican budget becomes a reality? Do you want city governments to reduce local services for public safety by about 400 million dollars, state wide?
Where are all the unloved animals coming from? Who is so heartless and cold to drop these wonderful, beautiful, cute animals off somewhere to eventually die in the heat or other elements? The animal shelters, thank God for them, are full of unwanted pets. We have two shelters in Detroit Lakes, Marshmallow Foundation at Lucky Dog and the Humane Society, and they are both overloaded. I understand times are hard for a lot of folks, however, this does not give anyone the right to dump animals off to survive on their own, which they cannot do because they are used to being taken care of.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Detroit Lakes Jaycee's on a tremendous Water Carnival for Detroit Lakes and the area. You have worked very hard, and it shows. By adding events, shuffling some others around to different days, you made a great event even better. As I visited with people this year, everyone commented on the great job. The addition of a bigger talent on the beach Saturday night was just a great cap off to the week. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is usually a recipe for a boring event.
What another great Water Carnival hosted by our Detroit Lakes Jaycees! These events are not only a great boost to our local tourism, but it showcases the talents and altruism of our area's young leaders. In an era where service organization membership is strained by many factors, one of the biggest being a lack of time, the very people who probably have the least time due to growing their careers and young families demonstrate great energy and leadership to making their community a great place to live. We are very lucky to have the Jaycees in Detroit Lakes! -- Marcus Lacher, Detroit Lakes