DL News Staff
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
In order to divert attention away from the legitimate points brought up by those who support one man/one woman marriage, those who want to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals often bring up other matters which obscure the point. They say, "Look at all the abuses of traditional marriage such as adultery and physical and emotional abuse within marriage." They point to the high divorce rates. They point to proponents of traditional marriage who go to the extreme and are physically and verbally abusive in their expression of their view.
The voters of newly redistricted 2B will be voting for unfamiliar candidates. Many Becker, Wadena and Hubbard County constituents have not met endorsed candidates Steve Green for MN State Representative District 2B and MN Senate Candidate Dennis Moser. Both candidates represent local rural farm, forestry and the trucking industries. Steve Green was raised on a Fosston area family farm. Steve graduated from Fosston High School and as a local self employed businessman of 31 years is aware of District issues.
I have heard it said, "A person who has nothing to hide, hides nothing." In Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's case, in not releasing his past tax records, it seems this old saying may have some merit. I feel that hardly anyone begrudges him the fact that he has made a lot of money. It is how he made the money that some may question especially in the fact that businesses that were going bankrupt were taken over by his company and jobs sent overseas.
The job of the legislature is to decide who to tax, how much they are going to pay and where to spend the money. A couple of precepts should be followed -- the taxing should be fair and the money spent wisely. The first principal, fair taxation, should be of concern to everyone. It is certainly a concern to the rich. They have seen to it that they have not paid their fair share of the total tax burden for at least 10 years. The total tax burden includes all state and local taxes. We pay taxes all year long through sales tax, gas tax, etc. Most taxes are regressive.
I am a recently retired Dean of Academic and Student Affairs from M State Detroit Lakes campus. As such, I have had the opportunity to work closely with David Collins to bring post-secondary education, entrepreneurism and custom training to Park Rapids. As part of that collaborative working experience, I was able to see first hand the difference that David can make. David gets it and he get it done. Even though I am a registered democrat, I am excited to support a candicate with David's philosophy.
Thanks for the memories from your article on the Blanding Store in the July 8 Record. My very first job fresh out of high school, the summer of 1969 was at Blanding's, and Dick and Henry were the nicest bosses an 18-year-old country girl could work for. It was a great learning experience in retail and the kindness and patience shown to this "new-kid-on-the-block" by the grand ladies and gentlemen that worked there was special.
I lost a friend today. There are an estimated 18 suicide attempts every day by our warrior/veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. I don't know their names, but one to three succeed. I just lost a friend today. There has been tens of thousands of suicides by Vietnam veterans, enough for another "Wall." I have lost many of my friends today. No, freedom is not free. There has been an estimated 19,000 sexual assaults/rapes, every year for the past five years, that's 100,000, unless you are a bean counter, then it's only 95,000.
The lakes, rivers, forests and wetlands of Minnesota's "Arrowhead Region" are some of our country's most sacred resources. They are enjoyed by local residents, by people from all over Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and by those from the far flung corners of the United States. I've been lucky enough to visit this area and hope to take my young children there in the near future. My children are depending on today's elected leaders to make the right decisions to ensure that these treasures remain intact forever. Legislation introduced in May by Rep. Chip Cravaack (H.R.