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Open Forum:Where to find a good burger in Pillager

A recent Vox Pop writer bemoaned the fact he couldn’t find a good burger.

There is a bar/restaurant in downtown Pillager, KCs, featuring never frozen, hand-pattied burgers.

Art Becker


Why all the drama?

Obama, Obama. Americans, why all the drama?

Will Republicans reduce entitlements? No new taxes for the top 2 percent rich earners?  Will Democrats cave to let the middle class and working poor get heated up on the burners?

America is in trouble plus all the world financial markets because the falling debt ceiling is coming due Aug. 2.

There is a crisis in Washington, D.C. Obama, a king and his fiddlers three or four! Reid, Boehner, McConnell and Pelosi.

Tim Geithner, the figurehead, Eric Cantor as the court jester. Stay tuned Americans for all the drama.

Colleen Morgan Hess


We’ve come to a crossroads

The other day I did some research on entitlement programs from the government. I guess growing up in the fifties; I didn’t remember many of them. My research said my memory was correct; there weren’t a lot of them. Then I asked myself, was the standard of living better or worse back then? Now I grew up in a poor family so we were on the bottom of the heap. Our folks did their best with what they had and they did manage to feed and clothe us and formally educate us. They taught us to work hard, because there was no free lunch. I don’t remember anyone starving.

So we’ve come to a crossroads in this nation. A time when we can no longer keep providing programs for all of the things the public demands that the government do for them. I feel sorry for the people who never were taught to fend for themselves. The rug is going to be pulled out from beneath them and they can either sink or swim. The blame goes strictly to the policy makers that couldn’t say no. Maybe you got yourself some votes with that kind of legislation but you ruined a way of life that worked better than anything you can come up with today.

Can we get back where we were? Not without a lot of hurt we can’t. To those getting hurt there is another way. But you will take many steps back, before you can go forward again. In time you will regain your dignity and your pride. Tell the government to take their free stuff and shove it. Because then, you will be part of the solution. Tell them to get out of your life and go get it back.

Mike Holst


Take care of the flag

I was reading the Brainerd Dispatch when I noticed the photos in the local Page 14A (Sunday) hot weather picture. The clouds look scary but you what is more scary than that? The flag that is in the second photo in rags! How dare anyone or any business fly a flag that looks that bag. Many men and women died for that flag to be proudly displayed. What a shame to see this happen.

Samantha Manning

Pine River

Do mosquitoes dream?

It’s sometimes surprising in this day and age of so much knowledge and communication how poorly educated and informed we are.

Like it or not, we are a part of nature. We’re living, breathing organic beings, not inorganic computer chips, like HAL in “2001: a Space Odyssey”, nor hard, cold metal gears, shafts, and levers.

We’re interconnected with all other parts of the natural, living world (“joined at the hip”, as they say). All living creatures are highly interdependent.

However, like almost every other living being, we survive by killing other living beings, directly (hunting, fishing, gathering), or indirectly (grocery stores, restaurants, fast food joints). We all do this so we can stay alive, and propagate our own species. We shouldn’t kill something we aren’t going to eat.

So now that summer and the mosquito season are upon us, it’s relevant to consider that the mosquitoes that will be biting us are all females, with a single goal in mind. 

Do mosquitoes dream? They are simply trying to get enough protein so they can fulfill a dream they’ve had since they were young, namely to start a family of healthy little ones that will look just like them, or perhaps their fathers, and will carry on in their family’s traditions.

That’s their dreams, just like ours.

A. Martin


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.