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Vox Pop-March 22

Responsible pet owner

Hats off to Ms. LaVay Hodgson (picture in March 21 paper) for carrying a dog clean-up bag while she and Bailey walked the Paul Bunyan Trail. Unfortunately, too many others who use the trail don’t own a bag or know what they are used for.

Right to work

Yes, we are forced to join the union. Fair share is not an option when the difference is $5 a month. Full dues for a year are $660. Fair Share dues are $600 a year and you are treated terribly by the union when you go Fair share. Give us the option to “opt out” of the union completely.


To all who won’t pay or join a union wait until you get in trouble you didn’t create and the boss says you’re done working. You’ll have absolutely no protection to save your job. You aren’t using your head. The unions worked very hard to protect your jobs. Got you decent wages, decent working conditions and many more benefits. Your boss can’t lay you off. The amount you pay to belong to a union is probably one Saturday night out on the town. I am 90 years old and a union member for 50 years plus with protection.

Elderly are not pets

Please, people, do not pat our elders on their heads. It is condescending and we don’t like it. We are not pets.

Thank you

How refreshing to turn to the Commentary page and not see Dana Milbank and Kathleen Parker with their liberal, Democrat biased drivel. Their followers who are so upset can subscribe to the New York Times and Huffington Post and the Star Tribune. Thanks for Cal Thomas. Welcome Keith Hansen. You bring hope and change. Sound familiar?

Women and freedom

Republicans keep saying they are against regulations and want freedom. My question is when are they going to stop regulating women and give them their freedom?

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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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