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Open Forum: The cost of defeating Obama

The GOP has lost sight of the fact their acronym ends in “P” not “D.” The GOP has lost sight of humanity by blocking legislation and funds that could rebuild Minnesota literally from the ground up (our infrastructure) and provide jobs for our families.

Their agenda is to defeat Obama at all cost, the cost is our lives and our futures. The GOP blocks grants that would enhance veterans’ lives and those struggling in the twilight of their lives with Alzheimer’s disease. The GOP prohibits health care from reaching in our most needy while lining the pockets of those with great wealth.

The GOP would rather protect multi-billion dollar oil companies, private defense companies than protect our wildlife or our soldiers who have lost life and limb in the war. The billions of private defense companies “raped” from the war did not and has not protected our enlisted men and women. The GOP of today is supported by big money fear mongering, lobbyists and their belief they are the Gods of our morality and lust for power.

The GOP mindset has become the single most destructive force to our economy, our jobs and to our families.

What they feel is greed, power and “win” at all cost. Those in the GOP that stand by rather than stand up for what is right are even more guilty than those who really do not give a darn about the working class.

Deb Halsted


Deer hunting practices

A writer in Vox Pop wrote Tuesday that he feels he and others should shoot wolves and bury them to keep the deer herd up. Look around first at the people taking multiple deer and not registering some of them or giving deer to others that are not “party hunters”. It’s not hard to find it happening if you ask around. In my encounters it surprises me to no end what hunters (and fishermen) will do if they think they won’t get caught.

Starting now, I will turn in any that I encounter. I admit in the past I have not, for fear of ending friendships.

Craig Anderson

Rural Brainerd

Giving guns to bad guys

United States Attorney General Eric Holder appears to have made yet another major miscalculation in applying justice according to the U.S. Constitution. We’ve all heard about “Fast and Furious”; it is a Department of Justice secret program that went south — of the border, that is. This time, instead of allowing intimidation at the polls by the Black Panthers, Holder decided to try his hand at gun smuggling.

His efforts to undermine our Second Amendment rights, Holder’s weapons operation already contributed to the murder of at least one of our border patrol agents. Hundreds more of these firearms have been recovered at the scenes of violent crimes.

If that wasn’t enough, Holder lied to Congress about what he knew and when he knew it. Holder’s performance has been substandard, at best, and borders on being criminal.

I recently received a copy of a response that was sent to a Minnesotan who had asked Sen. Klobuchar to seek Holder’s resignation. Klobuchar’s response was disappointing. While she voiced concern, her only action was her vote to defund an already defunded program. She made no mention of holding the attorney general accountable for his actions.

President Obama has stood beside his guilty attorney general misstep after misstep. When do American citizens get justice?

Sen. Klobuchar has voted lockstep with Obama and continues to support actions that are not only damaging our economy and violating our freedoms, but killing those who protect us, as well.

We have the Constitution to guide us and make laws accordingly. When our elected officials refuse to enforce those laws or uphold the Constitution, it is time to persuade them to seek another profession.

Sen. Klobuchar, the citizens of Minnesota will remember next November.

Dan “Doc” Severson

Republican U.S. Senate candidate

Sauk Rapids

Give to the Max

Crow Wing County Victim Services, Inc., together with — a first-of-its-kind giving website for nonprofits in Minnesota — is working to create a stronger nonprofit community for Crow Wing County and Minnesota.

GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day amplifies your giving impact in a number of ways. Minnesota nonprofits that attract the most donors during Give to the Max Day will be awarded prize grants, and $1,000 will be given to a random donor’s charity every hour.

By giving online with GiveMN, Crow Wing County residents have the opportunity to make a huge difference for nonprofits in our area. We hope you will support our community by logging on to on Nov. 16 and give to Crow Wing County Victim Services, Inc., or your favorite charity. Be a part of this historical event and join this “Great Minnesota Give Together!”

Kathy Fleisher

Executive director/Victim advocate

Crow Wing County Victim Services, Inc.

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.