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Vox Pop-Jan. 17

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What can we do?

President Obama announced that we need a $1,200,000,000,000 increase in the already huge national debt. This amounts to about a $4,000 increase for each of us. Two questions: 1. What are President Obama’s, Al’s, Amy’s and Chip’s thoughts on who, when and how the national debt is going to be paid off (not to mention the accruing national liabilities.) 2. What can we, the people, due to make governing us less expensive?

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Shanty vs. fish house

The article about open water on Gull Lake mentioned a shanty floating in the water. Us Minnesotans up here call those fish houses, not shanties.

It’s cold outside

Those with the outdoor dogs, please remember to bring them in. It’s very cold out there and there’s no dog that should be outside all the time.

Helping joblessness

Why doesn’t the county and the city give BLAEDC another $300,000 or $400,000 so they can hold meetings weekly on how bad the unemployment is in Brainerd? Can anyone possibly prove what they’ve accomplished with the hundreds of thousands dollars of tax money they’ve received? And we manage to be the highest unemployment in the state for four years? Somebody’s getting scammed.

Not a trash can

Cigarette butts are made from acetate and take as long as 25 years to decompose. They leach toxic chemicals into the land and water in the process. Yet almost every day I see people in Brainerd and Baxter throw their cigarette butts out their car windows. Stop it. Our community is not your trash can.

Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words. To phone in a comment, call (218) 855-5888 and leave a message. To e-mail a comment, write to voxpop@brainerddispatch.com. Comments, which must meet the newspaper’s standards of fairness and good taste, may be edited for clarity, length and libel.

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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.
(218) 855-5889
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