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Vox Pop-March 29

Who’s responsible?

Police blotter has lots of intoxicated people wandering or driving around Brainerd in wee hours of the morning. Knocking on doors, falling down, DWIs, etc. They use undercover officers to check liquor store sales and cigarette sales to minors. Use an undercover officer in downtown bars and see if they are serving people that are obviously intoxicated. Isn’t it illegal to serve a drunk? Do bartenders know if they are walking or driving? What if someone gets killed by a drunk driver? Or if walking, fall down and hit their head and kill themselves? Who’s responsible? Let’s police it.

No logic

Why are the trees being chopped down on the state hospital grounds? So ridiculous. No logic whatsoever. Someone explain this please.

O’Rourke writes important editorials

In your effort to be fair and balanced, I see that you are giving Mike O’Rourke the really important editorials to write, like today’s editorial on why the DFL county caucus should release the vote tallies. That is a burning issue for most area citizens.

Another outlet preferred

I have a response to a previous Vox Pop. To the person who now wants the city to provide an outlet for the vandal, build it yourself on your property or buy a coloring book if he needs an outlet or a garbage bag and tell him to clean the ditches and side roads.

The proof

I found it a little disheartening that McDonald’s counter people or dishwashers are getting slammed by a former FBI agent. My question would be: How well did that securing the United States before 9/11 work out for you? If the federal government, through some illegal confiscation, wound up running McDonald’s, guarantee you, it would be bankrupt within six months but the people would have a big retirement check.

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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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