It’s supposed to be “April showers bring May flowers.” This year, the winter that never ends is digging into the activities normally associated with spring and summer. Last year, and on any normal year for that matter, we would be out on area golf courses slicing and hooking. We would be raking our yards from the over winter debris. We would be planting flowers that are hearty enough to handle late season frost.
A debate that has been simmering for decades has finally pushed its way onto the national stage. Gay marriage, the joining together of two persons of the same sex, was an unthinkable notion 20 or 30 years ago in the minds of many Americans. Perhaps the social upheaval of the 60s generated the notion that if anything goes in the drug culture and the sexual revolution, the next step was logical.
An ongoing Brainerd Dispatch poll queries where people possessing a permit to carry a concealed weapon carry their gun. Three percent of the 36 responding to the online question carry a weapon at work. Twenty–two percent carry in their home. However, 36 percent of those responding carry a weapon in their vehicle. And 39 percent of poll respondents carry in public places. Persons legally able to carry a concealed weapon find a growing concern that being unarmed in one’s home or in the car or at work poses a threat to one’s safety.
Minnesota’s never had a problem with election day turnout. It leads the nation in most nation elections. However, that’s not good enough for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. He’s backing changes in the state’s election laws that would increase turnout (if that’s possible) and create efficiencies while saving the state of Minnesota money. Who can argue with that?
B oeing, a Las Vegas business, and 21 other companies announced layoffs following President Barack Obama’s victory last week. Unemployment had been hovering around 8 percent in recent months, with signs of a stronger job market. Immediately following the outcome of the election Boeing announced a major restructuring of its defense division. Boeing will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California and consolidate several business units to cut costs, according to Reuters.
T oday is Veterans Day. It’s one day a year that we, as a nation, honor those men and women who have served these United States of America. The following is a story of a young man’s heroic actions during the height of the Vietnam War that saved the lives of many soldiers who would not have survived without this young man’s efforts.
One question posed to White Press Secretary Jay Carney has real life ramifications — could Hurricane Sandy delay national elections set for Tuesday, Nov. 6?
N o doubt, many Americans are painfully aware that tough times have been nipping at their heels in recent years. The Senate Budget committee confirms that hunch. “The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure, according to new data released by the Senate Budget Committee,” The Daily Caller reported Oct. 18. That’s due primarily to the extreme downturn in the U.S. overall economy since 2008.
Oil may have been struck in a field near Pillager by Central Lakes College (CLC) Agriculture Center. Ag Center Director Bob Schafer and Farm Manager Ron Nelson have been experimenting with the use of canola oil as an alternative to diesel fuel to power the center’s farm and industrial equipment. On a 35-acre plot near Pillager (donated by Anderson Brothers Construction) the center harvested this year’s crop of canola seeds that will be processed to make the fuel, which if it works, will save over $300,000 the center now pays for diesel fuel.
C ongress is considering yet another tax on driving. House of Representatives (H.R.) 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2013, would levy a user fee tax on the distance a driver travels. The Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) would tax every vehicle on the road, requiring every vehicle to be fitted with a device that both records miles driven and transmits the information to a government database.