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Vox Pop-May 10

Remember the rules

May in Minnesota is an incredible time and people are brushing the rust off their bicycles, ready to ride. Bicycling is becoming more recognized as a simple solution for transportation challenges, in addition to health and obesity issues. May is also National Bike Month. Whether you are riding a fixie, around town, or touring the state, before you start grinding those pedals, please remember of the rules of the road for bicycles. According to Minnesota Statute, cyclists “ must ride on the right with traffic ... and have all rights and duties of any other vehicle driver.” (M.S. Section 169.222.)

Bullying will never go away

You might as well get used to it. It goes on at school and college, continues in the work place. As you get older, it happens in the senior communities and churches and even when you volunteer, of all places. It makes some people feel superior putting others down. It goes on through life. The older they get, the more accomplished they get. Bullying.

Wants Vox Pop back in print

I would like to have the Vox Pop come back and be in the paper. For a newspaper, you should be showing both sides of the coin, the liberal side and conservative side. It seems like lately you’ve been showing a lot of the conservative views.

Good riddance

I’m just calling to say ‘good riddance’ that the city administrator has finally announced his retirement. That snake oil salesman has run Brainerd into the ground for the past 23 years and if you do any research on city administrators their tenure is about 8-10 years. His was 23? Good riddance.

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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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