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Negotiate salaries, not retirement benefits

The effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Walker is likely to fail because the average voter does not have retirement pension and medical benefits which equal those held by Wisconsin’s public sector workers. That voter also knows that those public sector benefits are underfunded, and that new taxes on him will be needed to provide those benefits.

The argument that salary levels can be the subject of bargaining, but that retiree pensions and medical insurance should be determined actuarily from contributions and investment returns, makes sense to the average voter.

This election is not about union busting; it’s about sound financial management.

Rolf Westgard

St. Paul

Editor’s note: This letter was received the day after the recall election.

Bremer: take action to end hunger now

Hunger impacts so many people, including many neighbors in our own community.

It also deeply impacts children. Overall, one in five children living in the United States, is at risk of going hungry. In Minnesota alone, one child in eight is at risk of missing a meal today.

At Bremer Bank, we think that is just one child too many, which is why we are hosting our seventh “Taking Action to End Hunger” campaign during the month of June. This year, we are again matching all donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000. You can donate online at or at any Bremer Bank location. One hundred percent of donations collected are distributed to local Feeding America food banks in Bremer communities.

Another easy way to make a donation is to visit and watch the “Step Up to End Hunger” video. Bremer is donating a $1 for every view of the video to the campaign up to 15,000 views!

Make a donation today and help Bremer Bank raise money to provide food and grocery products that local Feeding America food banks will use to feed hungry children in our neighborhoods. Bremer’s vision is to build healthy communities through partnerships. With your help we are closer each year to achieving that vision, which certainly includes ending hunger. Together, we can make a huge difference!

Mike Riley, president,

Bremer Bank Brainerd

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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