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Lately, I have been noticing that I find reading the Dispatch a bit more enjoyable, more interesting, and thought-provoking. It took me a few days to figure out why. It’s the editorial section.


Having spent over 20 years in the newspaper industry, I was always quick to defend the First Amendment. While everyone has a protected right to their own opinion, newspapers have a responsibility to the public to present the facts and encourage discussions in public issues through both their reporting and editorials. It is encouraging to see those types of positions taken by your recent editorials.

I support continued editorial opinion from Tim Bogenschutz, Mike O’Rourke, and Terry McCollough.

I personally don’t need to see continued ultra-right wing (go ahead, look it up) elitism promoted by the Dispatch. You are better than that. You always have been. Sometimes I get in trouble for being blunt - so here it is. Keep Keith Hansen as the vice president of whatever you want him to preside over. Just keep him off the editorial staff. We deserve better. Kinda miss Roy Miller’s spin...

Ron Houle


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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