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VOX POP - Sept 3

Vote no

I encourage all residents to vote no to the referendum. We’ve lost too much to these “leaders.” Don’t throw good money after bad. They’ve had three years with this administration to turn things around, but choose to bring back money-losing activities while losing courses that help kids. Get new administration or vote no.

Dilapidated shack

When are they going to remove that dilapidated shack along the west shore of North Long Lake. It’s been laying there for 30 years?

Deal with it

I chatted with a friend whose husband is a doctor. I commented how difficult it must be to have your husband called away at all hours. Her comment, “You know it when you go into this field.” Kind of like when you buy a cabin and know you are going to pay non-homesteaded taxes. Yes, some tax dollars go to educate our future adults. Think about it. No surprise. Deal with it, cabin owners. You may be paying to educate a doctor that may operate on you one day.

Vox Pop on Page 1?

Why don’t you take and put Vox Pop on the front page along with Open Forum? Those are important things to the Brainerd people. Some of the stuff you have on the front page is not important news to the people. And also you could put the obituaries on there. Years ago, all this stuff used to be put on the front page of papers. I can’t stress this enough. You have a good paper but please print the stuff where people can see it and read it.

Money for bullets?

Every Legion and VFW run a business that usually includes a bar, food, raffles, Bingo, etc. It’s hard to believe they don’t make enough money to buy bullets for funerals without needing extra money from the state.

We don’t think twice

The recent discussion as to whether or not seasonal recreational property tax owners should pay for local school levies puzzles me because none of us think twice about traveling to cities that we know have local taxes for lodging over and above state taxes and we still feel when we go to that city, we need to pay that city’s tax and no one really squabbles about it. Yet, seasonal recreational property owners who benefit from the educated and skilled work force in our area don’t see the need to pay their share of the school district operating expenses.

No sacrifices? No vote.

Want my vote for the Brainerd school referendum? Tell me, will administration take a salary reduction? What about all union employees, teachers? If every school district employee accepted a 10 percent pay cut, it would save about $5 million dollars annually and every current employee could remain employed. If no answers or no sacrifices, I vote no.

Eliminate program

I see the Thirty Lakes Watershed District proposed 2012 budget is at $232,900 and it is a complete waste of taxpayer money. It is so redundant with all of the other services that the taxpayers are paying for already in the county and it has been a private cash cow for years. How about if we just eliminate this wasteful program?

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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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