DL News Staff
I would encourage all district voters to vote in Tuesday's election. Detroit Lakes School Board incumbents David Langworthy and Terrie Boyd have served our district with distinction and deserve re-election. I would also endorse Brenda Muckenhirn for the third spot on the board. Brenda has been a member of our community for 28 years and has served the district as a member of the recently successful Referendum Committee and on the Fit Kids advisory group, promoting fitness and decreasing obesity in our district children. She has also recently been attending the monthly school board meetings.
In Rep. Marquart's position as head of the Property and Local Sales Tax Division in St. Paul, and as a teacher, I would like to know what he has done or will do to bring equality in funding to all school districts. One would think equal funding per student in all school districts would be a priority, especially when rural school districts get less money per pupil than those in the Twin Cities area. I lived in Alaska for 33 years, and they actually gave more funding to rural school districts, not less.
As election day approaches, many of the scenes from the last election come to mind with respect to the claims of voter fraud. I don't see that our current legislators have made any attempt to ensure that this does not happen again. Why does the DFL refuse to allow a floor vote on this issue? Ben Grimsley, the Republican endorsed candidate for District 9B, understands the voters' frustration not only with our voter registration dilemma but with the overall lack of legislative leadership. We need leadership that will curtail the DFL drive to continue to expand government.
I want to respond to an article in Detroit Lakes newspapers written by the editor Nathan Bowe and published on Oct. 28. The legislative candidate forum was originally scheduled for Oct. 18 and had to be moved to Oct. 21 as the governor called a special session to deal with the flood and tornado damage in Minnesota. When the forum was moved to Oct.
I have voted for Collin Peterson in every election since 1991. Now that Collin is a big powerful chairman, it is evident he does not need the little people's vote anymore. Collin has a multimillion dollar Indian gambling entity to shovel taxpayer funds to rather than speak a word on behalf of a small group of unaffiliated, penniless Native Americans. A truly historic, ethnic tragedy is unfolding at the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. Forty pages of documentation was handed to Peterson's office manager in Detroit Lakes in June this year.
Over the past 10 years I have been looking at discussions concerning Social Security changes, both as a consumer and a financial professional, and have come to the following conclusion. If a politician is trying to convince you that privatizing Social Security is a good thing, don't walk away from that person, run. First of all, I don't see Social Security as an entitlement. It is now and always has been completely funded with employee and employer contributions.
I would like the city of Detroit Lakes to know the wonderful experience I had with Norby's department store this past week. My father, Jerry Miller, has been very sick and has a very hard time getting around. Last Saturday he went into Norby's Department Store and purchased two pairs of pants. The clerk more than happily sold them to him and agreed to alter them and have the pants ready for pick up on Wednesday. On Thursday, my father went to pick up the pants. Unfortunately, my father was told the pants were not ready for pick up and the clerk could not find the pants that were purchased. M
The 2010 election marks a crucial time for education, local government aid and flood protection funding for our area. Sen. Keith Langseth's experience and clout is needed now more than ever. I have served with Sen. Langseth for 10 years in the Minnesota Legislature. In a Legislature that has more metro legislators than rural legislators, I have seen first-hand how his leadership as chairman of the powerful Senate Capital Investment Committee has benefitted our area against the odds. Sen. Langseth has "beaten the odds" and delivered for our area time and time again.
For a long time I have not spoken about what is happening in the Frazee-Vergas School Board election. Because I care about our students, school and taxpayers, I feel I must speak out. I am writing because of concerns I have about some of the candidates and current school board members in the Frazee-Vergas School District. It involves the following persons: Candidates Jim Nelson and Kenny Fett and school board members Richard Ziegler and Steve Jepson. It has come to my attention that before the Oct. 11 school board meeting, the above mentioned persons met at Jim Nelson's house.
Bring back Detroit Mountain as a year-round recreational park. This is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this piece of property. Think of the foresight people had when they established the Detroit Lakes Country Club, Dunton Locks, the city parks, our mile long beach, baseball parks, soccer fields, tennis courts, the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, county fair grounds, field house for hockey and community events and the city and county airport. These facilities are used by thousands of people year-round.