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Vox Pop- Oct. 18

Putting people to work

The conservatives keep saying we can’t raise taxes, particularly on the wealthy, because they are ‘the job creators.’ It seems to make sense, but it is just not working. The rich are sitting on their money. ‘Trickle down’ economics does not work. My house needs work — carpet, paint, appliances and other updates. I’ve got two cars with a lot of miles on them. I could go on and on. Give me some money and I’ll put people to work. Local folks. Right now.

High and mighty

How is it that currently there are approximately 22 million illegal immigrants working in the U.S. and the current amount of unemployed (not working) United States citizens is approximately 22 million. I have heard and read that the illegal immigrants do jobs that U.S. citizens would not do? Remember the illegal immigrants are the ones holding the pay rate so low. Are we U.S. citizens that high and mighty that we pick and choose our job when we are begging for a job?       

Waiting for access charge

All the readers’ comments and posters who seem to hate our local newspaper should go somewhere else with their comments, and do the rest of us a favor. I am waiting for the Dispatch to start charging for access to the online paper. That should do away with some of the people who post insults at local citizens all day.

Great schools for our money

Someone recently wrote in that they “support education” but are going to vote no on the levy referendum because they didn’t support the current administration. Voting no won’t change the administration, but will only increase class sizes and reduce opportunities for our children. This is not the way to “support education.”  Supporting education requires hard work and money, not just catch phrases. It’s easy to bash administration, but the facts show our school district is more efficient than most others in Minnesota and that we get great schools for our money.

Where’s the common sense?

Brainerd schools seem to have a problem with criticism like the one who complained about the crowded dance. First of all, we all have the right to be heard no matter what form we use. It’s not the school’s decision. Secondly I had a face-to-face six years ago with the now principal about the area used for the dance being too crowded. Adults can’t chaperone when they can’t walk in between the students. Nothing was done. Why not use the gym for the dance? Where’s the common sense? We pay you big bucks for you to solve the problems you create.

Fire code violated?

This is regarding the homecoming dance. I believe kids will be kids and dancing is just dancing. If I was the parent I would be more concerned with the fact the school administrators packed 450 kids into such a small area as the high school commons. 

False assumption

Concerning the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, I don’t think most people are against someone becoming wealthy. It’s the way some of them acquired their wealth. Some assume that all the wealthy got there by working hard which is a false assumption.

Looking to volunteer for the holidays

My husband and I are retired and don’t have any relatives in the Brainerd area. We are wondering if anyone knows of an organization or church that might need help serving meals at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas? Any input would be helpful.

Don’t call people lazy

To the person who wrote in that people are lazy, how dare you call people lazy just because we’re not wealthy? Some people are born into having wealth. Yes, and some people have worked very hard to become wealthy, but in this day and age, I know so many people who’ve been laid off and they can’t get a job no matter what; they’re going without so many things. They’re losing their homes. I’ve worked hard my whole life to have things. I’m not wealthy. I worked hard. I pay my bills. You’re very rude to be calling people lazy.

Congrats Huskies

After watching the Pillager Huskies beat Pine River-Backus on Friday night, I was disappointed to see a huge picture of a Pine River player and an article that had the losing coach saying more positive things about the Huskies than Coach Scearcy. Congrats, Pillager Huskies football team. Go get ‘em at the dome.

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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.