DL News Staff
I am on the National Executive Board of our organization, the United States Police Canine Association. Last week, our Association held our annual Police Dog Field Trials in your town. I had the pleasure of being the Chief Judge for the Trials. The event was hosted by the Detroit Lakes Police Department and Sergeant Robert Strand of your Police Department was the chairman for this national event. Chief Tim Eggerbraaten supported Sgt. Strand in holding this event. I have been involved with the USPCA for over 20 years.
The success of the Rotary Blood Screening program this month is truly a reflection of the Essentia Health and the Sanford Health organizations dedication to the community of Detroit Lakes. We could not wrap up our efforts on the 2011 Rotary Blood Screening program without recognizing the outstanding contributions of the many Essentia and Sandford volunteers, who gave of their time and their knowledge to help their area community members with this blood screening. Many area residents had the opportunity to have a blood sample drawn which was tested for various health measurements.
Amid rising public objections to its proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, it looks like TransCanada is busy trying to turn public opinion around by conducting bogus surveys. Here's how it works: Your phone rings and it's somebody wanting your opinion about gasoline prices. Sure, you wish they weren't so high. Then the caller suggests that the new pipeline would not only provide thousands of jobs, but bring down the price of gasoline. Of course, you think that's a good idea.
Since the beginning of the new school year, I am being told that there is a very welcome change of attitude in the Frazee-Vergas School system. Talk is of smiling faces, friendly exchanges, and a general upbeat feeling. This must seem like a breath of fresh spring air when compared to what has gone on for the past six years or so.
We Americans are fond of asking, "Who is to blame for this economic morass we are in?" I ask, "Who has the best opportunity to fix the problem?" Determining the blame for our present financial difficulties is a useless endeavor. Was it the previous administration? The current one? Congress? Wall Street? Or any other entity that can be blamed? And for what purpose do we blame? Just to point a dirty finger at someone? To what gain is that? Instead, let's try to determine who can best solve our dilemma.
The election of 2010 was a Bait and Switch. Republican Tea Party candidates ran on creating jobs. After they took office they switched to social issues. Disenfranchisement of the poor and vulnerable, gun rights, union busting, abortion, gay marriage, and defunding education are the issues the Republican Tea Partiers have pushed in the Minnesota State Legislature. Check the record of the senator some voted into office in the Tenth District. Has she put forth any job creation or economic stimulus ideas or bills?
First they whined and complained about prayer in schools. Then they kicked their feet about a public displayed nativity scene. Then they protested the possibility of walking into a Ten Commandments plaque.
I was saddened and angered by the Republican budget cuts aimed directly at the poor and homeless. (Sunday, Sept. 4, the Record) Humiliation of poverty and homelessness, does not require piling on. What is your problem? Fully one third of the middle-class is now below the poverty line. What is your problem? Our national infrastructure; bridges, roads, water and waste systems, etc.; is now somewhere between 15 and 23rd on the world scale. What is your problem? The R.N.C. weeds the "righteous right" to win election's, with the canards and red herrings of hate and ignorance.
I had to chuckle when I read the article about the DL Development Committee rejecting a local man's request to keep bees on his property, although their lack of knowledge is definitely no laughing matter. And I further noted the irony of the library's selection for the issue to be a book about bees. It might be a good idea for the members of the committee to read this book. I wish there had been better reasons to refuse the permit than the committee gave.
There is a need for a third party and for independent candidates. With Congress now polling at 13 percent, it seems the majority of you agree. I have encouraged people to look at the Independence Party for leadership in our state government. Did you know that the IP is a state only party and not part of a national party? For those of you who can't see the IP being your choice, either because it's a state only party or because of Governor Ventura, I encourage you to look at the fastest growing party in America. The Modern Whig Party is that national centrist party you are looking for.