DL News Staff
I have recently read the news article regarding Pelican Lake in The Forum as well as the letter to the editor which followed the article. Both pieces are based upon perceptions of Pelican Lake from individuals who may not be aware of some facts that are counter to their perceptions. I am writing this as chairman of the Pelican Group of Lakes Improvement District (PGOLID), which comprises Pelican Lake, Little Pelican Lake, Fish Lake and Bass Lake.
There seems to be some disagreement and downright anger at the article that was written about weed growth on Pelican Lake which included my personal observations in front of my family's cottage on the north shore of Pelican Lake, Killarney Beach. I know many factors contribute to lake changes and weed growth including warmer weather, lower water, and excessive nutrients.
Whoa! What a fantastic opportunity for the City of Detroit Lakes, a 200 acre regional park on the edge of town! That park would be a great recreational area for the local residents and visitors coming to Detroit Lakes. Where would you be able to find an area with primitive camping, biking and hiking, plus mountain bike and cross country ski trails? These are all in addition to the winter activities that would be available: downhill skiing, cross country skiing and tubing.
What do Drexel Burnham Lambert, Lehman Brothers, Madoff Investment Securities, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, CIT Group, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, AIG, and Citi Group, all have in common? They were all highly regarded private investment firms that were incorporated after the Social Security Administration was established in 1932 and went bankrupt or were bailed out before going bankrupt, in the last 30 years. The main reason for bankruptcy was greed, which made them blind to the high level of risk they were taking with their customer's money.
Minnesotans, use your voice, don't lose it! In defining marriage we are doing more than merely stating its' meaning. The word "define" also means to "express the essential nature of a person or thing. The essential nature of marriage has, since the beginning of time, been understood to encompass a male/female union. Do you want an activist judge or our state legislature to have the ability to take such a far-reaching step as to change this definition without taking into account the voice of the people? Passing the marriage amendment will keep that important right with us, the people.
With the country overflowing with issues that need to be addressed we have a Senate who says "no" before discussions even start on any proposal put forth by the Obama administration, and a House that puts forth plans they know will be killed in the Senate or vetoed by the president. The word, compromise, has taken the "my way or the highway" turn, which also kills any chance of getting any meaningful legislation passed. It's possible the term, consensus, rather than compromise, would soften the hard liners, but maybe not.
Marriage is more than a union between two people. It is an institution made by God between one man and one woman. Civil law cannot change this. Before there was government, there was God. When we leave him out of the equation, we lose the whole meaning and strength of the institution. The state (man-made laws) cannot change the definition of marriage, only the regulation of marriage as it is already defined.
I am so sick of the people supporting the Republican party not giving President Obama credit for killing Osama bin Laden. Sure, a lot of background planning was done prior to this, but the fact is that he, President Obama, had to give the direct order or no one would have been able to go ahead with this plan. It was carried out by very adept men who were trained by our military to deal with situations such as this, and they did a remarkable job. But the main fact of this is that the president laid his job on the line to give that order.
County commission candidate Ben Grimsley's comments in the Becker County Record regarding the relationship between Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and the City of Detroit Lakes grossly misrepresented the outstanding partnership COLA has appreciated over the past many years.
We are writing to thank Detroit Lakes for the hospitality shown to us. We were in Detroit Lakes from July 22 to 28 with the Catholic Heart Work Camp group. We were busy most of the week, but when we did get out in the community, everyone was very welcoming and helpful. It was very generous of the high school to open their doors so we had a nice place to gather, pray and rest after each day of our service. You have a beautiful community. God bless. -- St. Catherine's Youth Group from Redwood Falls, Liz Mahal, Director of Religious Education, Church of St. Catherine, Redwood Falls