Congratulations to Claudina Williams, a Pine River-Backus 10th grader, on not only being the winner of the local American Legion Auxiliary American Essay Contest but also winning the national essay award with why you are proud to be an American. Your essay was beautifully written. I'm proud that you not only received this recognition but happier yet that others can read and reflect on your positive thoughts. Thank you. John Wallin Nisswa
Your political cartoon (Nov. 17, 2014), "Not to be outdone, NASA lands on comet too" has got to be the most insulting and degrading of a government agency that I have ever seen. I do not see the benefit of debasing, a government agency (NASA) that actually accomplishes something. Has NASA landed a spacecraft on a comet? No, but in 2001, NASA landed the NEAR spacecraft on the asteroid Eros, 13 years before ESA landed Philae on Comet 67P. NEAR was never meant to land on an asteroid, merely orbit and return data.
I miss Diane Hoglin's food column which appeared in the Thursday Entertainment section of the Brainerd Dispatch. It was always the first part of the paper I read. Diane has the most delicious recipes. Often after I made Diane's scrumptious recipes, I would share them with my family and friends. Everyone thought they were absolutely wonderful. Please, Brainerd Dispatch, please try to convince Diane to write her food column again for your newspaper. Maybe an increase in the small stipend she received would help?
I'm sure that I speak for hundreds of veterans and active service persons in wishing to express a huge thank you to Applebee's for serving delicious, complete meals to us on Veterans Day. I can't imagine how many dollars worth of food was served on that day as well as the added staff wages and other expenses incurred in order to handle the overflow crowd that showed up. It was great to see the younger vets and active service persons there as well as a ton of us old guys. We all got to feel pretty special on Veterans Day. Thank you very much. Bob Johnson Baxter
In the Nov. 11 Brainerd Dispatch Mr. Passi tells us lots of stuff like: "We continually hear warnings of creeping socialism in America from the captive press and talking heads. To steer clear of that incredible threat we have curbed spending on social programs that might help the ordinary citizens" My questions are: Who are these "we" people of whom Mr. Passi speaks so passionately? Neither I nor anyone I know have curbed any spending on social programs that might help the ordinary citizens. It might help if Mr. Passi would name names and define who the ordinary citizens are.
As the Christmas season nears, once again I have to praise what I believe is a local business that personifies customer service at its best - 12 months a year. Without fail, Christmas Point has the ability to brighten my day in so many ways. The atmosphere, the merchandise, the monster cookies and, most importantly, the staff are second to none.
I would like to thank Central Lakes College for hosting the Camp Invention program this summer.
When the Polar Vortex recedes and a state of paradise returns to Crow Wing County, do take a Sunday drive over to Ironton to enjoy the $1,200,000 parking lot installed for the pleasure of mountain bikers this past summer, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and generous taxpayers in the state of Minnesota. The local sponsors of that legislation have been checked in the recent election. The two sitting legislators who voted for that legislation need an education. That amount of money was needed to return an industrial economy to this area.
Keri and I would like to express our gratefulness for the opportunity to represent the Brainerd lakes area in the Minnesota state House. We are humbled by the decision of the people and grateful for their support. Throughout the campaign we were blessed to meet so many people who care deeply about the future of our state and the issues facing our area. It's their passion and strength that we are determined to carry with us to St.
So the election is over and the winners are celebrating - and yes, licking their wounds, too. In one sense the losers may have gotten the better part of it because for some of them at least, they can fade into the sunset, free of the whole rotten process.