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October 25, 2016
Man writes opinion about yoga pants; women take to the streets
BARRINGTON, R.I. (Reuters) - A male reader who sent a letter to a small Rhode Island newspaper criticizing women who wear yoga pants in public found that snug-fitting pants were the least of his problems as hundreds of people picketed his home and thousands rebuked him on social media....
October 25, 2016 - 11:22am
September 20, 2016
Reader Opinion: Missing the mark in Nisswa
In reference to the article in the Dispatch of Sept. 18 entitled "Design Team has helped Nisswa and Crosby," I would like to comment on the Nisswa portions. Quoting the article: "One concept the Design Team came up with to boost that economic vitality was the idea of "small town character."...
September 20, 2016 - 9:17pm
September 9, 2016
Reader Opinion: The Syrian crisis
America's failure to prevent genocide in Syria - President Assad's bombing and strafing the Syrian population - has caused the migration of thousands of refugees into Europe and the drowning of hundreds in overloaded boats.
September 9, 2016 - 7:17pm
Reader Opinion: Should have endorsed speech writer
Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed Obama and Hillary for withdrawing troops too early from Iraq and how stupid it was to tell the exact date of the withdrawal. The U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement was signed by George W. Bush in 2008 and established that U.S. combat forces would...
September 9, 2016 - 7:17pm
July 29, 2016
Reader Opinion: Kudos to Nolan
All of us in the 8th District have reason to be proud. Our own Rick Nolan has been rated highly by both the Washington Post and Time magazine for his effective work in Congress. Not only the highest ranked among Minnesota's entire eight-member delegation, Rick is among the top 10...
July 29, 2016 - 5:56pm
June 8, 2016
Reader Opinion: Pick your poison
This presidential election is going to boil down to a comparison of the candidates. It will be between: • A man who buys favors and admits it, and a woman who sells favors and lies about it. • A man who is said to be likeable trying to be unlikeable, and a woman who is unlikeable...
June 8, 2016 - 10:26pm
Reader Opinion: Transgender disorder
In the consideration of transgender bathrooms and locker rooms, the following illustration may help some of us to view the situation differently than our president. I had a friend (she has recently passed away) who was plagued in her younger years with bouts of severe mental and emotional...
June 8, 2016 - 10:26pm
January 26, 2016
READER OPINION: Write us a letter or send us an email
The Brainerd Dispatch welcomes letters on recent articles and current issues. All letters should include the writer's full name, city and a phone number (for verification only). Letters (Reader Opinions) are limited to 300 words. Only one letter - per person - per week.Letters...
January 26, 2016 - 12:18pm
December 31, 2015
Our Opinion: New rules for reader submission
The ability of people to freely express opinion is part of the foundation of the country, and the Brainerd Dispatch has always valued printing the opinions of its readers. However, over the past several years, the rules of our Opinion Page have become unclear and, in some cases, lax....
December 31, 2015 - 10:29pm
April 6, 2015
Reader Opinion: Obvious indifference to human life
Mr. Jesse Nix had a letter published on March 29th claiming (falsely) that people who oppose abortion only do so because of the expense. What utter and complete nonsense! Nix claims, "If you want to curb abortion you put a higher value on live birth." Really, Mr. Nix, a higher value...
April 6, 2015 - 10:55pm
March 16, 2015
Reader Opinion: No more fancy streets, bike lanes
It seems the Brainerd city council does not comprehend spending limits, in other words spending only for your needs not wants or dreams. The city planner is a dreamer who represents special interest groups such as walk-able bike-able trails and the fancy parkway design for south...
March 16, 2015 - 10:33am
Reader Opinion: Allow food trucks at city parks
Last year several downtown restaurant owners spoke to city council members regarding our thoughts on food trucks being allowed on public property. We were asked as a group of downtown businesses to work together and come up with a plan to submit to the council for consideration. As...
March 16, 2015 - 10:30am
March 11, 2015
Reader Opinion: Seemingly useless laws
I recently wrote about how defiant our society can get when we make rules to try and make this place a safer place for all of us to live in. Americans, increasingly, just don't want anyone telling them what they have to do. Last Sunday's paper had an article about texting and driving...
March 11, 2015 - 1:13pm
Reader Opinion: Christian country?
I have a problem with being told that we are a Christian country. The reason is that as a Christian I know that Christ said that the greatest command was Love the Lord with all your heart and the second was to love your neighbor as yourself. I had ancestors that were here before the...
March 11, 2015 - 1:09pm
Reader Opinion: Priceless water treasures
The week after Jan. 17, we learned there are pipeline spills that cannot be contained or cleaned up. A spill in the Yellowstone river, near Glendive, Mont. put 50,000 gallons of crude oil into the river, of which only about 10,000 gallons were recovered - the rest flowed down-river...
March 11, 2015 - 1:08pm