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Halloween Safety

Letter to the Editor

Here it comes, that time of year again. It seems the time just keeps going faster and faster. I have been thinking of writing this letter for some time now - I better get to it.

As usual we hear the frequent Halloween scares when it comes to our kids. My thoughts are that we may be the cause of one very large one. I know some people put items in the small paper lunch bags. This is fine if they are taped shut, unfortunately, I’ve seen more with either a paper clip or staples. Now, I don’t know too many little excited kids who can wait to dive into that candy. Needless to say, the metal closures fly everywhere, both in the bag of candy and out. My fear is if a staple were to lodge in something soft, like fruit, popcorn ball or cupcakes, it could be ingested without knowing it. And in a child’s small body, this could be so very bad. Please take extra care!

I also never buy anything with peanuts, since it is a major allergy of kids. It’s sad to say, kids can get hurt anywhere, and what we can do to prevent an accident is worth something.

Thank you for your time.

A concerned Gramma,
LaVonne Bruhn
Emily, MN

Pipelines, Water, War

Letter to the Editor

When we are told mining or pipelines are safe: we are really being told that the people doing the mining or building the pipeline have the ability to get insurance to cover any foreseeable damage that they may be liable for. Pipelines always rupture. When I was much younger I knew piolets that flew pipeline patrol looking for leaks. They would take friends along for the ride and company, it was a rather boring job. These things come under risk management you spread it around an figure the cost in when build the pipe line and buy insurance, however it doesn’t mean that you won’t damage the environment just you will pay lawyers to drag things out and try to settle for pennies on the dollar of damage that you do.

Lake Superior holds 10 percent of the world’s fresh water, it is forecast that within a few years fresh water will be more valuable than oil, is it worth the possibility that you might pollute this resource for a few dollars? I don’t think so and I don’t think that it is wise to have elected officials that would either. Both of the other large lakes in the world are heavily polluted. A couple of years ago I took the tour of the coal mine electrical generating complex in North Dakota, they harvested all the pollutants packaged them and sold them separately, and they were worth in the vicinity of the same amount as the electricity. Maybe some regulations that required that all the pollutants had to be separated out and removed from the state would give some incentive to run a clean operation. The money from Polymet goes first to Switzerland then to Polymet in Canada then to the clean-up fund what is the chance that when it is all said and done Polymet goes bankrupt and the funds can’t be touched in Switzerland and Minnesota will be stuck with the clean-up, the big wild rice area won’t be able to grow rice and Lake Superior will still be polluted.

Another issue that isn’t addressed with any real thought or comprehension of the human reaction, that is going to happen if you choose to fight a war, and win you need to figure that when you conquer a nation you will have to have an occupying army for at least 1 probably 2 generations you will have to set up a government then you will have to train locals to operate it under supervision for several years before you can let them operate on their own. You will have to work through several administrations of local government so that they no longer are perceived as puppets. Just winning and leaving will immediately set up a power struggle and whom ever comes out on top will hate us more than the group that we just threw out, we will have accomplished nothing except starting a protracted civil war.

Jesse Nix
Emily, MN

Jobs and Respect for Workers

Letter to the Editor

Once again during election time there's a lot of talk of "providing jobs". No man or woman should be asked, or made to feel, they need to lick the hand of any job provider!

Jobs are not provided to help people; they're provided to enrich the businessman. He's in it for himself; sometimes enjoyment, sometimes to obtain more money than possible any other way. Altogether too many do it to become filthy rich. Greed accumulates more money than anyone can use honestly.

People don't start businesses to "provide jobs". That would be as incongruous as Al Capone donating money to the Chicago police to "encourage law enforcement".

Businesses strive to eliminate employees. Employees cost money that owners would rather keep. Businesses love "firing employees", as "Mitt" Romney so famously declared. Businesses prefer having zero employees, just as they prefer paying zero taxes, and paying nothing for raw materials and labor. Businesses prefer taking the easy route. (Dakota Indians called us 'wasichu-takes the fat'.) A businessman ordinarily can make only small amounts of money on his own. He needs to engage other people to help him obtain more money. In other words, he makes most of his money off the efforts and backs of others.

If he can make more money hiring more people, he'll reluctantly do this. If he can make better money firing and laying off people, he'll gladly do that.

Workers/employees are nearly always eager to work; their ambition is providing a livelihood for themselves and  their families. They should be able to go home at the end of the workday, their self-respect and all their fingers and toes intact.

If the businessman can't provide these because of his own greed, for shame. If the businessman must shortchange or endanger employees, the business has no need to exist.

A. Martin
Merrifield, MN

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Nolan Supporters

Letter to the Editor

Rick Nolan is representing YOU in Congress. We should be supporting him. He is working hard for us in the 8th District, and we are tired of all the negative ads from the opposition.

As a small business owner he knows about rebuilding America and the middle class.

He will protect Medicare and Social Security for our seniors from politicians who want Wall Street controlling it. Why is it the only people who don’t seem to believe in our Social Security program are the wealthy folks like Stewart Mills III?

They seem more interested in making sure the rich get more tax breaks while hard-working Americans are worried their Social Security checks will be too small to count on when they retire. People like Stewart Mills should not be able to cut Social Security to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. It is our money – not theirs. Rick Nolan is making sure Social Security remains in its present form, for every generation. He is always on our side. That’s why we are voting for Rick Nolan for Congress and we don’t shop at Mills Fleet Farm anymore.

Wayne and Gerry Altonen
Ironton, MN

Fifty Lakes sets 2015 Levy at 2014 Level

Letter to the Editor

In a recent article in the Northland Press it was reported that the Fifty Lakes City Council, by a unanimous vote, set the 2015 budget at the same level as 2014.

As the Crosslake City Council is always looking for ways of reducing expenses and is willing to hire a plethora of consultants to do so, I recommend they investigate a consulting arrangement with Fifty Lakes. Maybe the Fifty Lakes Council can show Crosslake a way to set the 2015 levy the same as 2014. This would benefit both cities. Crosslake would benefit from lower taxes and Fifty Lakes from the income resulting from the consulting contract.

Dick Dietz,
Crosslake, MN

Rebuild America

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to urge my friends and neighbors to support Rick Nolan for Congress this November. I support Rick because he knows how to work for us. Rick has spoken out against the Trillions of dollars that we have spent on our wars of choice in the Middle East. We simply cannot afford to launch into wars across the globe any more. The dollars that we spend overseas are sorely needed back home, where we have crumbling roads, schools and infrastructure. Rick Nolan understands that this a choice that we can make. As we see our own Country's  infrastructure falling apart, we must make our priorities clear. If we stop spending so much on giant overseas military operations, we have more dollars to help us back home, by paying down our debt and investing in America. The choice is clear, vote Rick Nolan for Congress.

Beth Passi
Baxter, MN

Character Matters

Letter to the Editor

As a seasonal resident for the past 47 years, I have watched and listened to my friends and neighbors as we approach the upcoming election. While I cannot vote, my family and I are very much affected by the judgement, good or bad, of the Crosslake electorate. We spend over five months each year in this great community. We pay taxes, we support our local businesses and we helped build a church so leadership in this community matters a great deal to us.

I have known Steve Roe for over 48 years as we worked together at IBM in Minneapolis. He has always been a man of great character. Steve is a person of solid values, high integrity and strong opinions based on years of business experience and community service. He has always demonstrated the willingness to do the right things in the right way. No shortcuts, no back room deals, no deceit! While we worked together we didn’t always agree, but when we finally settled on a course of action, Steve would look me in the eye, shake my hand and then go do exactly what he committed to do. His passion for doing the right thing for our customers never wavered and that is what the people of Crosslake will get from him as its Mayor.

In Steve Roe, Crosslake has a candidate for Mayor who will listen, seek input from others, consider the options and then tell you what and why the decision he made is in the best interest of the Crosslake community. That is the kind of leadership that Crosslake deserves and that all of the seasonal residents expect.

Clayton Reed
Crosslake, MN

City Divided / City United

Letter to the Editor

It is very disheartening to read all of the negative [letters] being written by some residents of this City. As a current Councilman, I have actually received feedback from countless residents on how happy they are with the improvements that have been made in the past two years.

There has been much discussion about savings; most of which have been half-truths. I would encourage any resident wanting real numbers, to stop by City Hall and talk to Mike Lyonais. He will be happy to share City savings and expenditures with you.

Since the levy increase currently seems to be a hot button, I would like to throw out a couple of simple facts why this increase needs to happen.

• Road and Sewer improvements
• New Fire Truck
• New Plow Truck
• Decreased home values which provides less revenue

Due to poor project planning by past Administration and lack of attention by the past Council(s), there was not enough revenue set aside for the Fire and Plow Truck. Frankly, these are only two examples of poor planning; there is a whole laundry list of needed improvements to run this City efficiently. If anyone had demanded five-year plans, we may not be in the situation we are currently in. I do have to agree with some of the comments floating around out there; while there are savings associated with P&Z and Administrative costs, it will take several years to overcome the past decade of poor planning.

Directly before and following the last election many City employees, as well as special committee volunteers, resigned. This was and is very unfortunate, as many of these individuals added a great deal to the operation of our City. I personally have not always agreed on every change recommended, so I have spent a lot of time researching some issues. Sometimes I changed my mind and sometimes I still didn’t agree. One thing I will tell you; I did not quit my position and I did not stop trying to change the minds of others on what I believed in.

So……….rather than continuing to write negative [letters], maybe a better use of your time, would be to join a committee or bring your ideas forward to help make Crosslake a better place to live. Don’t be a City divided; be a City united.

Gary Heacox
Crosslake Resident

Thank You Caregivers

Letter to the Editor

Recently I had a ramp installed to help me with my health issues. The work was completed by Tim McCarthy and his volunteer crew from Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers. This Non-Profit Group of Caregivers are “Helping Hands ...when you need them most.” What a blessing these guys are. Asking only (if you are able) for donations for material costs. Fortunately, our relatives and friends stepped up to help with this. I feel so Blessed to all concerned.

I might mention that Steve Roe, our Crosslake Councilman and candidate for Mayor was on that crew. I think that says a lot for Mr. Roe and he has my vote.

God Bless to You All.
Chuck Fields
Crosslake, MN

In Support of Ward and Radinovich

Letter to the Editor

A healthy, thriving community cares for all its members regardless of age or ability. In the past, this care was often provided at home, with grandparents moving in with children as living alone was no longer a viable option. The elder generation would help with childcare, household duties, and other chores as best they could. Every generation benefited from this extended family living arrangement.

Today, the multi-generational family living under one roof is seldom observed. Instead, our seniors are often found living in assisted longterm care facilities, and nursing homes. The family caretakers have been replaced with paid employees whose job it is to provide for the varied needs of our aging loved ones. Our care facilities must be staffed with men and women who are committed to high quality senior care. They must be paid a livable wage that reflects the responsibility that this job curtails. We are entrusting our elders to these workers; it is imperative these essential employees are paid a dignified, livable wage. We must elect officials who are strongly committed to providing livable wages to care facility employees. Representatives John Ward and Joe Radinovich both have shown their strong support of paying a livable wage to caretakers. They both approved the first funding increase for Minnesota nursing homes and long-term caregivers in years!

We owe it to our loved ones to provide high quality care for them. These are the men and women who built a better life for all of us, and now it is our job to care for them in their final years. The caretakers who care for them on a daily basis must be paid a worthy, livable wage. Representatives John Ward and Joe Radinovich will continue to fight for high quality care for our seniors! Help them help our loved ones by voting for Radinovich and Ward on November 4th.

Sandy Loney
Brainerd, MN

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