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Vox Pop- July 12

Couponing is extreme

I read the article in Sunday’s paper about extreme couponing. I’ve watched the show. They take coupon clipping to an absurd extreme. I don’t clip coupons, no matter how good the coupon is, if I normally don’t buy that item. In the article, and in the show, the average shopper isn’t going to buy “50 of these, 100 of those,” to stock pile. How long will it take to use 200 rolls of paper towels or toilet tissue, 75 tubes of toothpaste? 80 boxes of cereal? These are the shoppers starting to ruin the printing of coupons; it’s already happening.

Cheaper than the alternative

To complaints about state employees getting benefits while on layoff: That’s actually a lot cheaper than the alternative! Per contract, employees were due unused vacation/sick hours within weeks of being laid off, as is the case for most private employees. The cost? Tens of millions! To avoid this problem, the state negotiated with the state employee unions to avoid paying severance in exchange for continuing benefits while on layoff. This is not free for employees, as the last check they receive will have extra money pulled from it to help pay for those benefits for some weeks.

Too dumb

Riddle me this, Batman. What moron in the state government decided he could save some money by stopping the lottery? Too dumb for words.


Brainerd had a real nice Fourth of July. All the events were nice. Arts in the Park was wonderful. The only thing I’m curious about is how come the Porta-Potties are right next to the food stand? Happy summer.

Nisswa roads are damaging cars

I’d like to know when they’re going to finish the roads in Nisswa. If not, are they going to pay for the damages they’re doing to my car? For example, the turnoff from Highway 371 to Hazelwood is full of ruts. Like I said, I’d like to know when they’re going to finish the roads there.

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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.