DL News Staff
Felony DWI law should be tougher It was good to see that Danny Bettcher will be spending the next couple of years in prison after last year receiving another of more than 24 DWI convictions over the years. Clearly, the felony DWI law passed by the Legislature several years ago was designed for people like Bettcher, likely one of the most notorious DWI offenders in the country. The Legislature may want to make the law even tougher. Bettcher had already been convicted of felony DWI, served two and a half years, and then was arrested and charged with DWI again.
Consumers' chronic pain at the pump is returning with gas prices 67 percent higher than a year ago and probably heading back toward $3 a gallon soon. While you can't control the price of gas, you can control how much gas you burn by performing proper maintenance and how you drive. Performing simple and inexpensive maintenance can save as much as $1,200 per year in gas costs. The Car Care Council offers these gas-saving maintenance and driving tips: n Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
I can't tell you how disappointed I am with the results of the contract negotiations that occurred between the school district, school board and Education Minnesota. The $427,010.50 annual increase in compensation and benefits is a travesty to the people who voted for the referendum in November. The entire amount of the referendum ($406,000), and more, went to this one bargaining agreement. Not one book for the children, not one computer, nothing to reduce class sizes not even a piece of chalk.
It is very difficult to start this letter because it needs to be done in a professional, courteous manner. I want to speak my mind as others have, but I am here to show the difference of fact vs. opinion as well as how portrayed information can influence an article. There have been a few articles in the Frazee Forum with deleted, quoted information as well as misrepresented quotes, and the article I am particularly upset with is the issue on January 14, 2010.
The Frazee Education Association (FEA) did reject the school board's last offer on Friday Jan. 15. The Frazee teachers' negotiating team presented an offer which would have cost the taxpayers less money than the board's previous offer. In addition, the current FEA offer included more teacher work time and more student contact time than the current contract. The last offer from the board stripped benefits from the current contract and lengthened the work day, while removing compensation for experience and advanced degrees (steps and lanes).
The Damien Society wishes to thank the entire community for another successful "Mitten Tree Project" this year.
January 2010 marks 37 years after Roe v. Wade and now a count of some 50 million unborn citizens whose lives have been intentionally trashed before they were allowed to see the light of a living day. Surely such a death count may be described as a holocaust. In this first year of the Obama presidency, we have observed two major campaigns by the abortion rights agenda to obliterate all respect for the sanctity of human life. But, supposedly America still retains some sense of a moral conscience and it continues with a representative form of government.
When I heard the old Community Hospital was to be torn down it brought back an old memory. Prior to the spring of 1937 at age 17 a hernia developed in my right groin. I finally had to see our family doctor and surgeon, Dr. L.H. Rutledge. Following an examination he said it should be taken care of immediately. A surgery date was scheduled and I reported to the Community Hospital, registered and was assigned a room. Preparation for surgery was simple compared to today.
Kim Schnitzer and Vicki Marthaler wish to thank everyone who attended our 2009 Christmas Concert at First Lutheran Church on Dec. 22. Over 200 people attended, and the admission was an item or two for the local Food Pantry. We were able to donate 172 pounds of food and $54 to help meet needs in our community. Thank you for the donations. Thank you for your attendance, and may God bless our 2010 year with joy and peace. -- Vicki Marthaler, Detroit Lakes
Each year, the staff at Central Market contact me at the Detroit Lakes Police Department with a special request to identify a family or two who are a little "down on their luck" and could use some help during the Christmas season. They prepare presents and gift certificates valid at their store for the various family members and I delivered the Christmas presents. This year, I was accompanied by our student intern, Chelsea, as we set out on our deliveries. At the first residence, we were met by mom, Chrissy, and a toddler.