DL News Staff
On behalf of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club, I wish to express our sincere appreciation to St Mary's Hospital, Merit Care and Innovis Clinics for the success of the Rotary Blood Screening this year. Also, special thanks the staff and volunteers of these organizations who donate their time and efforts to make it a success. Record numbers of participants -- nearly 2500 -- were served this year. Many people expressed their gratitude as they completed their testing.
I attended a great tea party in Fergus Falls on Tuesday night. Someone counted over 700 others who attended. The people were patriots -- no unruly or mobs amongst this crowd. Scott Hennen, and many other good speakers, got the crowd's attention. Concerned citizens were invited to speak at the "open microphone." Many spoke of their great fears for our country. The signs that people carried showed concern over current issues that affect all of us taxpayers, as well as concerns that will affect our future generations.
Yes in a little over a month many school districts in our area will be asking for an increase, extension, or even a new operating levy. If you will be leaving the area and wish to have your vote count please secure an application for an absentee ballot. This can be done with a phone call or letter to the school district in your area. In my area contact the LP-A school district at 238-5914. It takes time to process the application so the earlier you apply for the application and return the ballot the easier it is for everyone.
When I hear that the General in Afghanistan states "we need more troops," it makes me wonder why other nations are not stepping up to the plate and helping us. To me, terrorism has no bounds and if other nations want the terrorists to win and not help us to stop them, then we should say to these other nations, "this is not on our shoulders alone." We can back out and "save face," if they decide to not come forward with help from troops in their own nations.
The Detroit Lakes Public School Education Foundation is having an Alumni Directory printed. The company we have contracted with is Harris Connect from Chesapeake, VA. There is no charge to the foundation for putting this directory together. The sale of the directories pays for the cost of the project. This past summer, alumni have received via U.S. Mail, yellow cards with a phone number for them to call to give Harris Connect the information needed for the directory. There has been some question, whether these have been legitimate requests.
I am writing in response to a recently published editorial on the impact of the death of the Big Stone II project on Minnesota's Economy. There has been a lot of talk recently about the withdrawal of the Otter Tail Power Company from the Big Stone II power plant project.
Hi. My wife and I had the pleasure of attending a wedding this past weekend at The Lodge on the Lake. It was a beautiful setting for a fall wedding. The sun was shining nicely, as it warmed to 80 degrees in September! The setting was nice, with the lake nearly perfect, as there was little wind and shade actually felt good. The geese on the lake floated by prior to the wedding, and it was perfect.
On and on it goes. The rhetoric on the healthcare issue and certainly the most recent dangerous speech by our president to the students of America. Who would believe that we live in a democracy, and that President Obama was elected by a majority of the voters of the U.S.A? With that responsibility, he dared propose that we needed to change our health system. Many disagree, but at least the concerns are out for us to react to. Would we even be thinking of health care unless it was brought forward? The people (40 plus million) without health insurance were thinking about the problems.
"They came for the Communists, and I didn't object -- for I wasn't a Communist; they came for the Socialists, and I didn't object -- for I wasn't a Socialist; they came for the labor leaders, and I didn't object -- for I wasn't a labor leader; they came for the Jews, and I didn't object -- for I wasn't a Jew; then they came for me -- and there was no one left to object.
I would like to thank your editorial staff for publishing my recent Guest Column "Power and Race -- Crowley and Gates vs. Humanity" in your Sunday Aug. 9 issue. This was not the more academic rendering of systemic racism that I had in mind for perspective on the "teachable moment" out of the oval office. I decided it would reach a wider audience if I related it to a personal experience. So here is the "rest of the story." By 1980 I had left my tenured faculty status at Macalester College in St.