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Vox Pop - March 1

Buy the kids a keg

I’ve been out of high school for about 20 years now. Last week I asked a high school kid what the kids do for fun now. He said mainly just drive around and drink. Nobody will buy a keg so they just get a 12-pack and drive around. I say buy the kids a keg and let ‘em have some fun back in someone’s pasture just like everyone of us did.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Vox Pop Department of Justice is sorry to inform this VP contributor that sort of behavior is outlawed even in the pastures these days.)

Keep up the good work

I agree 100 percent with the Vox Pop item regarding people who will not seek work because they are in the unemployment compensation system that never ends. Along with the security that affords, comes free health and dental care (Minnesota Care), rent (Section 8), food and fuel. Why work? With these programs in place Minnesota should have no problem reaching $7.2 billion in debt instead of the current $6.2 billion debt. Keep up the good work, legislators.

Can you survive on that?

This person said they ran an ad for a job paying $12 per hour. One person responded. They did not say if benefits included, two weeks vacation, sick leave, health insurance for the family? Is this a 40-hour per week or Brainerd’s usual of four hours per day and usually 3-4 days per week? Even at $12 I’d like to see the owner survive on that, especially feeding and paying house payments, insurance, food and etc. If the job had all the things mentioned in the beginning of this I would be surprised at no one calling!

All crimes need to be addressed

I’m appalled by the front page of today’s Dispatch. I feel certain folks want just the media attention and are using this incident to get their face on the front lines. Because I elected not to attend one of these events doesn’t make me a racist. I don’t remember this type of attack being the norm for Brainerd? I’m concerned about all violence in the area. What about the rape victims? Do we see these same folks trying to rally around them? I refuse to pick certain crimes to rally around. They all need to be addressed seriously.


That was a very glowing article written by BLAEDC for the most part but I found one major fault with it. Nowhere in there does it say how much the taxpayers are paying for this non-profit organization that touts its own standards and claims of course they have exceeded them. Does the county actually have any positive outcomes that they measure for the thousands and thousands of tax dollars that are spent on them? Maybe a reporter could look into that.


To the person who talked about the unemployment rate and how people are refusing to get a job because they’re making more on unemployment, I’m on unemployment and I’ve been trying to find a job. I’ve applied and I never get an answer and that’s including the temporary agencies that we have around her. But no one responds to anything. I would like to have a job but no one even wants to answer when you call. I hope you print this because I really need a job and I don’t think it’s right what that person said about unemployment.

Shame on you

This is in regards to “What’s wrong with this picture?” I lost my job two years ago due to the department being let go and farmed out. I’m a medical transcriptionist and that has gone by the wayside. I collected unemployment and now I have found a job but don’t put everybody in that category. Shame on you for writing something like that.

Haves and have nots

There are the haves and the have nots. The reason there are the haves is because they think they are entitled to all the available jobs. They work in the public ed group and are in the know about any available position. In other words, the jobs come to them. If the people in the community were satisfied with one retirement check and only one good paying job, it would open up several hundred jobs to the unemployed people. Our community would then be removed from the position of being the highest unemployed rate of 15 percent.

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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.