DL News Staff
As state leaders continue the enormous task of closing the largest budget deficit in Minnesota history, we're asking citizens around the state to get involved. Beginning in less than two weeks, House and Senate members of both parties will begin holding town meetings in a variety of locations, including meetings in Brainerd and Bemidji. Those meetings will be held on Friday, February 20 in Brainerd at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Educational Services Building located at 804 Oak Street and in Bemidji at 3:30 p.m.
I would like to commend U.S. Representative Collin Peterson for voting in favor of SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) expansion. It was great to see the new Congress begin its health care reform efforts by giving uninsured children access to health care. As a cancer survivor, I'm even more pleased that Congress is using a 61-cent tobacco tax increase to pay for the program. Research tells us that when tobacco costs more, youth and even some adults smoke less. Some kids may not start smoking at all.
I am sick and tired of the government saying that nothing can be done about the bonus money given to employees out of the bail-out money. This was not money they earned, and therefore, it was not the institutions' money to give. It is the U.S. taxpayers' money! When these entities are solvent again, they can then give bonus money to whomever they want. In the meantime, the government should insist that this money be given back to whomever gave it to them so it can be used as it was intended. This was not regular pay, therefore, it should be easy for these people to pay it back.
I wish to comment on George Kohn's usual negative statement regarding the LP-A School Board. George, if you were so concerned about the oath of office swearing in, why did you not question the board? Instead you choose to belittle the school board with a letter to the editor. I made one phone call Friday morning and was informed that all members signed the oath of office form prior to the Jan. 8 meeting. You lost the election George, so why not remove yourself and your negative attitude from future LP-A School Board meetings? -- John McGovern, Lake Park
I'm sure you feel it's your obligation to bring current news to the people. Fox News -- 1500 Talk Radio -- 100.3 FM Radio discussed a big problem the whole world is facing. The majority of the public don't seem to be aware of it. The water and food supply of the world will be contaminated when the nuclear war with Iran and Russia takes place. These chemicals travel long distances. Across bodies of oceans and land. These chemicals will kill.
With regard to the accomplishments of the White Earth Tribal Council: Pride! Pride is what I feel when I review the last few years of the accomplishments of the White Earth Nation's Tribal Council. More positive accomplishments have taken place on the reservation under this council's leadership then have occurred in the previous 30 years.
On Dec. 13 and 14, 2008, the Obama presidential campaign staff headed by David Plouffe, campaign manager, has organized house meetings across the country to set in motion a program to promote change in the U.S. The house hosts are supposed to invite about 50 people to the event; discuss issues; lay plans to reach out to the community, including government officials and the media; and start bringing change right away.
Considering the prices of all kinds of energy lately, I wonder what ever happened to making electricity affordable to all citizens in the state of Minnesota. The Big Stone II plant would provide such energy without setting back our state's impressive but costly renewable energy standard. If, by law, utilities have to provide "affordable" electricity, and 25 percent of it has to come from renewable sources by 2025, then there is a conflict if the renewable energy called for is more expensive to provide. But I understand that the utilities signed off on the renewable energy standard.
A Grand Forks man who was fired from U.S. Customs and Border Protection for sending racist letters on his own time is suing the federal agency for violating his free speech rights. U.S.
Former Detroit Lakes and Moorhead resident Bernie Lindrud, 93, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Friday, March 1, 2013 in Scottsdale. Arrangements are pending with Korsmo Funeral Service of Moorhead.