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Who’s to blame

Who’s to blame if your neighbor’s mentally ill son broke into their garage and took the Corvette that his mother owned, the same car she’d used to teach him to drive, which the media had scorned due to numerous deaths in the past involving Corvettes? What if he ran down his own mom, killing her as he left the driveway, sped into a school zone clearly posted with “no speeding” signs, crashing into a bus carrying 20 children and six teachers leaving on a field trip? What if the bus blew up killing all inside?

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Would you blame the “Corvette Owners of America” (COA) car club, even though the driver of the car wasn’t even a member of the COA? Would you call the COA a “terrorist organization,” because the COA must have known that mentally ill people will obtain and drive Corvettes? Would you demand that the COA do something to prevent it from ever happening again...casting blame on all members of the COA, who’ve never even sped in their Corvettes, never had a ticket, never been in a crash, but always drive and care for their Corvettes in a safe manner?

Would you treat them as if they were the ones who drove the Corvette into the bus full of children, demand that their rights to own a Corvette be taken away, even cast blame on those who own cars resembling Corvettes? Would you demand that no one ever be able to buy a Corvette again? Would you cast your blame on people who drive any car, just because you take the bus and you don’t think anyone “needs” a car? Would you demand that more “no speeding” signs be placed everywhere, because surely that will stop it from ever happening again?

Anyone get the message??

Please support our Second Amendment!

Christine Olson

Deerwood

Wake up residents!

I am sorry to inform the residents in our township that the two elected officials — Dan Wells and Marge Cotton and the third official Jeff Hartman — being handpicked because of a resignation — decided to ignore the overwhelming no vote that was taken on June 9, 2012, to repair 12 miles of road on 10 roads for a total of $3.5 million dollar tax levy. We have 32 and a half miles of township roads. Our tax levy for 2012 and 2013 is $230,000 for each year which was set high to keep our roads in shape. Another special meeting was set for Aug. 30, 2012. About 80 residents came to be informed that the roadwork plans were proceeding as planned which was voted on by the “three board members.” To say the least, our residents were fuming at this meeting. Oct. 15, 2012, another meeting was called to order with 52 residents present. This was about an $850,000 tax levy to do one mile of road work on three separate roads. I asked for a vote from the residents. Marge Cotton informed me the “three board members” voted for us. We, Marge Cotton says, gave the board members the authority to make the final decisions for the residents.

People — there are seven more roads on “their to-do list” at a remaining cost of about $2,600,000 more of a tax levy to us. On Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. they will do the final paper work on this $850,000 tax levy. Vote Marge Cotton and Jeff Hartman out of office on March 12 because of the remaining road work plans for yet another tax levy hike. Dan Wells’ term will expire next year and he voted for the tax levy also. Vote in people that will listen to the residents they represent.

Vote for Rick Hennes and Dan Block.

Carol Treska

Brainerd

See READER OPINION, Page 7A

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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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