DL News Staff
As new car dealerships ramp up advertising to attract motorists to the showroom using "Cash for Clunkers" as an incentive, we anticipate a consumer backlash once reality replaces the hype and car owners realize that "Cash for Clunkers" is nothing more than a clever slogan for a program to spend $1 billion of our tax dollars to fund a government subsidized vehicle trade-in to help new car dealers sell cars.
First, I would like to thank the people of our school district who have supported and encouraged me to run for the school board. These are the voters and taxpayers of the district. I want to inform you that I have completed the application process for consideration of the current school board opening. Secondly, I would like to remind a few of our school board members that this is an elected position, not a position that gets to be handpicked by a couple of people to fit their agenda.
My daughter and I were involved in a terrible car accident Tuesday, July 7, on Highway 10 right in Audubon. We would like to thank the many angels who appeared on the scene within minutes to help us. We do not know your names, we wish we did so we could thank you personally, but you have a special place in our hearts. You held our hands, kept us calm, and most of all were willing to lend aid to complete strangers. We wish each of you peace and may God bless you always. -- Melissa Conley, Detroit Lakes
Within the past few weeks, the House of Representatives voted for the first time on a bill that addresses climate change. This is a beginning and a compromise amongst a number of individuals from around the country, but it is a crucial step forward in addressing one of the moral issues of our time. As a person of faith, I would like to applaud Congressman Peterson for supporting this legislation.
A new study shows that people can lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk of strokes and heart disease by eating healthy vegetarian foods. This is great news, but it shouldn't come as any surprise: Animal products are high in cholesterol and saturated fat and have been shown to contribute to high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and other health problems. Plant-based foods, on the other hand, are cholesterol-free and have been shown to actually reverse arterial blockages. You know what it takes to live healthily.
If the President and Congress are going to enact national health care for our nation, then it must cover all Americans, and the congressmen must give up their generous plan and be required to be enrolled in the same plan they deem appropriate for the rest of Americans. We cannot let the politicians and their friends be a special class have a more desirable plan for themselves and a different plan for the rest of the nation. We were told at election time we should be able to enjoy the same health plan as Congress has.
The decision by the Detroit Lakes planning commission to recommend denial of a special use permit allowing a three story 105 unit "senior" complex in the Clear Creek subdivision was both welcome and concerning. Statements from neighbors, business members, and community members addressed original platting and covenants of the development and traffic volumes relevant to Long Lake Road. Realty representatives spoke of legal liabilities related to zoning changes.
I believe that it was at the May 11 meeting that Kathryn Kallis resigned from the Frazee-Vergas School Board. Here we are, almost two months later, and no one has been appointed to fill the vacant position. So I can't help but ask: "Why?" It would have seemed appropriate to me if the board chairperson would have asked the school board members that very night if they wanted to consider someone who had filed and ran for the school board just a few months ago. This never happened! Why?
Thank you to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson for successfully changing energy legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Peterson changed the bill so that renewable energy from forest biomass and wood products mill operations would be treated equally with other sources. We are lucky to have this common sense fighter representing our state.
Oh, what a night! What an awesome relay we had, even though Mother Nature chose to give us not one but two drenching showers, we were also rewarded with two beautiful rainbows and a wonderful night! The only other thing we could ask for would be the beautiful luminaries we lost in the process.