DL News Staff
As a local business owner, I understand and can appreciate the difficulty the city faces in "balancing the books." A considerable amount of my time is spent trying to work more efficiently and more productively. We are always looking for ways to exceed our customers' expectations and looking critically at our competitive advantages in the market place. I would agree that the City of Detroit Lakes shares a lot of similarities to local businesses. Certainly the quickest fix to any budget problem is to eliminate services.
A wonderful youth hockey fundraising dinner was held Friday, Oct. 23 at the Speakeasy restaurant right here in Detroit Lakes. Hockey's "moms," and "dads," too, graciously thank the community for their continued, generous support. The donations from the local merchants were greatly appreciated by everyone. Over 200 young kids from 4 to 15 years of age will benefit from the monies raised.
As a school board member for the past 13 years, I have seen first-hand what an excellent teaching staff, responsible administration, and dedicated support staff make up the district team that provides the education and programming our district offers. It is the reputation of excellence that our district enjoys that helps attract other families and businesses to locate in our community.
We would like to address some points brought up in a recent mailing you may have received from a vote "No" group operating in our school district. The presentation format and statements made in the mailing cause the reader to misinterpret Lake Park-Audubon's situation. Aid Anticipation is money the school district borrows to offset money withheld by the state. It is not additional money for our budget. The state currently withholds 27 percent of our funding. This withheld money is then paid during our next fiscal year.
I don't always agree with the local papers' views. However, the recent "Jeers to City..." regarding staffing of the ice rink hits home with me, along with other indications that our city may not be putting a high enough priority on our youth, or for that matter, on what makes our city special.
Health or Medical Care Concerns? How about Dental Care? We've heard for years about the concerns we all have for health care and its cost. But let's consider another issue that is rarely discussed and gets almost no attention in the media. What is going on with the absolutely ridiculous costs of dental care? I am fortunate that my family and I do have some coverage for dental insurance, but the vast majority of Americans cannot afford any dental insurance whatsoever. In the spring of 2008, I needed to have a root canal performed.
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.