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Open Forum: Citywide garage sale is Saturday

As a culmination of the city’s residential curbside pickup, the first citywide garage sale will be held on Saturday, May 14. Although most garage sales run three to four days, the “official” sale day will be May 14. Taking advantage of the opening of the 2011 fishing season and the time declared by many as “the biggest garage sale weekend of the year,” Brainerd residents are encouraged to place sale ads and to make money by selling their no longer needed/wanted items during the garage sale weekend. The citywide sale is a chance for Brainerd residents to further clean up their properties (inside and out), to help eliminate unwanted items, to share items with people that might need them and to promote pride in their personal efforts to help with the week-long city clean-up.

If citizens don’t have enough items for their own garage sale, consider combining items with family members, friends and/or neighbors. Or, rather than go through the work involved in hosting a garage sale, spend time shopping on May 14. Regardless of which plan citizens choose, they should feel good about contributing to a cleaner, more attractive city — a key goal behind this week-long project since its inception.

Bonnie Cumberland

Brainerd City Council member

Recall Gazelka and Limmer

I am writing in response to Sen. Gazelka’s sponsorship to vote for the amendment to ban same sex marriage in Minnesota, along with two Open Forum writer’s support toward this vote.

All of these people  have stated their support to the actions of Senators Gazelka and Wimmer, along with Rep. Gottwalt of St. Cloud. I, for one do not support this, because it is a waste of taxpayer money, and it is also an attempt to create “Jim Crow” laws that cause oppression towards members of the human race.

Therefore, I have decided to create a petition to recall  the elected officials of Sen. Paul Gazelka and Sen. Warren Limmer. If you would like to sign the petition to recall these two elected officials, then please email me at Thank you.

Claudete Moran

Little Falls  

Obama, Bernanke to blame

The liberals would have you believe it the “evil, capitalist, big oil companies”. Wrong.

They also like to blame higher prices on oil speculators. Wrong Again.

The real culprit is President Obama and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and their reckless “policy” of printing more and more money.

If you are China and you buy oil from Saudi Arabia, you pay for that oil in U.S. dollars. If you are England and you buy oil from Libya, you pay for that oil in U.S. dollars.

All worldwide oil is priced in U.S. dollars.

As Obama/Bernanke print more money the value of the dollar decreases, and consequently the price of oil increases.

So they next time you fill up your car and can’t believe how much it cost you, send a thank-you to Obama and the boys in Washington. They’re the real culprits.

Art Becker


List those votes

With very important and expensive issues/bills being voted on in the MN state Legislature and the U.S. Congress I think that it is vitally important the Brainerd Dispatch publish the votes of the area legislators and congressmen so that area voters can make informed decisions in future elections. A brief description of the bill including the possible cost section and the votes by person is all that is necessary. Since a substantial number of Aitkin County residents read the Dispatch please include the votes of Carolyn McElfatrick from District 3B.

Carol Shields


Gazelka listened to everyone

With a “standing room only” crowd, Sen. Gazelka took the lead in the town hall meeting by reviewing the many pieces of legislation that have already “crossed his desk” this session.  As well as action he has taken to help our local residents.

I strongly recommend you go online and look at all the legislation he has been involved in, either as a chief author or “co-author.” The high number might surprise you — especially if you only rely on the “other sources” for information.

He also listened respectfully to all who had different views and was candid about the importance for all to feel free to express their thoughts. It was refreshing to hear that our state senator was willing to really listen  to all.

Thank you Sen. Gazelka for a “real town hall” meeting and for all that you do to help.

Paul Misener

Rural Brainerd 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.