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Vox Pop- Aug. 9

No thanks

In response to the article Aug. 1 on where did all the Kiwanis Park ducks go, I want you to know this is common all over Minnesota. If you spend any time in western Minnesota you’ll notice truckloads of drain tile as plentiful as ducks once were. In a nutshell, regulations requiring ethanol as fuel has driven up corn prices and virtually all wetlands have nearly been drained. The machinery to do it is as fast as a bulldozer crashing through the Amazon. The damage to our wildlife, water and atmosphere are equally horrific. Beef, ethanol, dairy? No thanks.

Neglected to mention

Former school administrator Hunt left out the fact that seasonal property owners the district wants to start taxing will not have the right to vote on any levies in the district. Rising tax rates on seasonal property with no right to vote led to removal from school tax rolls 10 years ago. He also neglected to mention that such properties  are taxed — at a high rate — already. Also, not all seasonal owners are wealthy. Many people of modest means are struggling to hang onto multiple generations of tradition as assessed values have increased, including school employees I know.

Animals have no control

I am always willing to help any organization that protects dogs and cats. They have no control over their situation. However, I have difficulty helping organizations such as the soup kitchen when I see the people smoking and using cellphones. If they have money for cigarettes, they can buy their own food.

Another Minnesota nice

I lost my watch at the Crow Wing County Fair. A woman saw me looking and said she turned a watch into the lost and found. Upon checking, it was my watch. Thanks again to a Minnesota-nice person.

Pupil/teacher ratio

For anybody who might get worked up over the pupil/teacher ratio in the fine article entitled “State budget problems squeezed schools’ teachers,” the pupil/teacher ratio is the number of students in a school or district compared to the total number of teaching professionals which includes more than classroom teachers.

Highrise smoking

Kudos to whoever wrote the piece on the highrise. First they slap a 10 p.m. cutoff from any activities outside of the apartment (the activity floor). They kicked us to the curb to smoke. There are rumors of benches and ashtrays across the street. However this will cause the disabled people to have to cross the street to smoke. I myself have no problem but there are those who use walkers and/or chairs to get around and crossing the road in winter will be almost unbearable.

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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.