DL News Staff
Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and Pelican River Watershed District would like to add its support to the Record's commendations of the Becker County Board for taking a first step in the fight against aquatic plants and animals with the hiring of an AIS coordinator.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all those that made this year's Polar Fest another success. With events ranging from the return of the Breakfast Rotary's Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby on Little Detroit Lake to Polar Explorer Will Steger at the Historic Holmes Theater, vintage snowmobile racing, golfing, motorcycle stunt exhibitions, boot hockey, youth fishing derby and ice harvesting demonstration, the 5K Freeze Your Buns Run, topped off by spectacular fireworks at the city beach and Polaritaville Dance, it was fantastic!
I am an old man now. I will be 77 on the 22nd of March, 2012. While I have always been interested in politics, studied the candidates, and voted in all elections, I never managed to get so engrossed in politics until this year. This is the year I met Rick Santorum. At the time of the meeting, I was impressed with what he had to say but was uncertain how to vote. I knew I would vote for someone -- anyone other than Barack Obama. Obama is smart, eloquent, and a master at placing blame. In that respect, he is no different from most politicians.
The Newt can choose, while women will lose, their freedom. Pimps and johns will deadly abuse, the fatherless in news; that damns them from conception to death or death row! The jails will spill, with their overfill. America will lose, while the Newt can choose! -- Arden Lommen, Walterboro, S.C.
"Our government is too damn big," my colleague said to me one day over coffee. "Well, I know it seems too big," I replied, "but sometimes people need help, and there's no one else to do it." "They have families. Friends. Neighbors. Churches. Sometimes all they have to do is help themselves." "Sometimes it's the families or friends who are the problems." My reasoning did not change his mind. My logic did not help. He was convinced of his righteousness. All he could see was this enormous expense of Big Government.
Were you surprised to receive a 1099 form from Shooting Star as a Valued VIP Elite Member? I know I sure was. Being taxed on VIP Star Cash given as a VIP perk without any advanced indication that this would be considered income and taxable seems unthinkable. Now seems to be the time for a state run casino facility. The casino just devised a new star reward program and five step program, indicating that your gaming brings your fun higher and higher with five incredible levels with better point systems, instant cash and better comps, but still doesn't mention taxable income.
It's no surprise that the Westminster Dog Show has banished pro-adoption ads from the airwaves during its broadcast (AP story). The show's organizers would surely prefer that viewers forget about the millions of dogs who end up in our country's shelters every year -- and the fact that Westminster and the dog-breeding industry it props up are directly responsible for many of them.
It is always fun to read good news like the news reported in the Jan. 25 Tribune concerning all the profit the Detroit Lakes Liquor Store and Public Utilities is making. The fact that this money is being used to bring down our property taxes and fund worthwhile charities makes the story even better. What puzzles me is how the vast majority of our local political community seems to consider this a very good thing. When I listen to the election year rhetoric many pundits would consider this type of city involvement a horrible situation for the citizens of Detroit Lakes.
I am a part of the 99 percent but I don't envy the rich. What I do envy is the fact that the rich can hire high-powered accountants that can find all imaginable loopholes to help them lower their income to the lowest level possible and on top of this pay 15 percent on this income. This in turn helps the high-income earners to pay the least amount they owe for taxes. The people in the middle do not have this advantage because every penny they owe the government on their taxes must be paid because it shows up as income and there is nowhere to hide money.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 the truck I was driving stalled at the intersection of Roosevelt and 8th Street, Detroit Lakes. In a left turn lane, the truck wouldn't start. In a short time, a truck driver was there asking about my trouble. He used his cell phone to call for help. In a few minutes a mechanic from Swanson Repair-Truck Service arrived and got the truck going, and out of a very unhandy situation. I was the recipient of help from two very good samaritans. -- Bill Strache, Frazee