DL News Staff
Another year and we have another record breaking "cat surrender/kitten season" at the local animal shelters, Lucky Dog and Becker County Humane Society. How many of you know at this moment there are over 100 cats waiting for homes in these shelters with between 6 to 8 new cats coming in weekly and requests to surrender double to triple that number? Rarely are these cats spayed or neutered. Many are unwanted litters of kittens found abandoned in local parking lots, resorts, and hotels.
When people hear about domestic violence happening in a home, the question asked most often is, "Why didn't she leave?" or, "Why doesn't she just leave?" Asking this places the blame on the victim and insinuates that the domestic violence is her fault because she stayed. Abuse is never the victim's fault. Reasons that a woman stays in an abusive relationship vary in each situation. One of the reasons that women stay in an abusive relationship is the lack of resources available.
Following the worst downturn in decades, housing is beginning to show signs of a fragile recovery. So allowing the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit to expire at the end of November risks causing a relapse in the housing market that could forestall an economic recovery even before it has time to take root.
Lynn (Hummel) has captured the plight of coffee drinkers with clarity and humor. There are very few restaurants and churches that serve decent coffee, merely hot water disguised as coffee. We, and most of our friends, have stopped ordering coffee with our meals, preferring to drink water, which is still free. $1.60 to $2 is a bit much for the hot water they call coffee. It would seem to me that they would make more money and have satisfied customers if they would use enough grounds to actually make a more robust coffee. We would gladly order it then.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the kind folks of Ogema, White Earth and Waubun that I've had the pleasure to meet during the past 9 1/2 years I've been delivering the D.L. papers. I have decided to call it quits and spend more time with family doings and the grandkids. I especially will miss passing out hundreds of suckers to the precious boys and girls. Love to all of you. Barb and Glen Mills of Ogema will take over on Nov. 8. With fond wishes for a most happy holiday season. -- Judy Omundson, Detroit Lakes
We cheered as we read that the Minnesota Attorney General has filed suit against Ferrell Gas. We had the same experience as you described in your story and we also changed to another propane provider. Just yesterday as we drove past the corner of Richwood Road and Tower Road we wondered out loud if Ferrell Gas had anymore room for empty propane tanks. Now, that's a photo opportunity for your newspaper!
The Detroit Lakes Youth Soccer Assoc. would like to say "Thank You" to the parents, community members, businesses members, Lake Region Builders Assoc. and the city of Detroit Lakes, for the support you gave for our recent soccer fundraiser held at the Sand Bar in Detroit Lakes. It was very much appreciated by the many soccer players and board members. The money raised was to help finish the bathrooms and the concession stand at the Rotary soccer fields.
On behalf of the Damien Society, I wish to thank the community of Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities for our successful Damien Home Tour. This year's "Expect the Unexpected" theme amused us with a little of everything, from music and cooking demos to some stellar "performances" by our more talented Damien members. The Home Tour is the Damien Society's main fundraising project, the proceeds of which allows us to contribute to over 20 local charities.
A recent reprinting of an editorial from the Worthington Globe only contributed to misinforming the public and creating more fervor at the behest of a small group of people who have a gripe with another small group of people. Who are our victims this time? The same as the last time and the time before that. The smoking public and simple mathematics proves the lunacy of the claims made in said editorial. This editorial states: Based on phone interviews conducted with 800 randomly selected Minnesotans, 72 percent surveyed favor an increase in the tax on a pack of cigarettes.
With the end of the construction season and the township property taxes due this week, perhaps it is a time to evaluate the outcome of Burlington Township's performance. The residents need the information on how their taxes are spent so they can form their own opinion. This summer there was constant clamoring by Treasurer Linda Olson and Supervisor David Green that the township had loads of money.