"For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil." 1 Peter 3:17.
Several week ago my wife and I were traveling Crow Wing County Road 3 from Crosslake to Merrifield. When we reached the caution light at Andy's Restaurant I was attempting to make a left turn. Turning to check for any oncoming traffic from the right, my line of vision was obstructed due to a large bush. I had to pull far up to see any oncoming traffic.
We use the word "democracy" so easily, nearly forgetting what it means and what it meant to this nation. It is about self-determination, having a voice in the decisions and directions of the country and therefore your own life and the lives of loved ones.
Thank you for the recent article you did on Kinship Partners Lunch Buddies program. I had the great honor and privilege to be a Lunch Buddy last school year at Harrison School and I sincerely appreciate you shining a light on this amazing program.
Being inducted into the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. Scott Lykins, artistic and executive director of the Lakes Area Music Festival, which is now celebrating the 10th anniversary of its birth. Let's digress. I remember Scott as an elementary schoolboy coming with his mother, Judy Lykins, to our church. As they walked in, Judy, who was working in the church kitchen, pointed to the piano in the dining room and said, "Scott, go practice." And he did.
Over four days, Aug. 9-12, the VFW 16 and under baseball state tournament was played in Brainerd. There were approximately 200 young men from the teams and their conduct was very good and a tribute to their communities.
We know this phrase well and, now more than ever, we recognize how critical it is to our health, as a society. We adults, in most cases in the blink of an eye, can identify at least one person in our past who was instrumental in keeping us on the right path, who challenged us when we needed it and who helped shape who we are today. Sometimes they were family members, sometimes not and sometimes both. I think of mine every now and then, and wonder where my path would have taken me without them. In many cases we owe them for a big share of our success as adults.
The Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 Star Tribune reported: the National Organization for Women (NOW) calls for DFL nominee Keith Ellison, who won an overwhelming victory in the Aug. 14 primary election, to drop out of the race for attorney general. U.S Sen. Al Franken was forced to resign for reasons similar but different. I feel Debra Hilstrom has a proven record, as assistant county attorney for seven years, and as state legislator for 18 years, and is more than qualified to be our state attorney general, should Ellison be forced to withdraw. Bob Uppgaard Pequot Lakes
In the opinion section of the Aug. 13 Dispatch, Cal Thomas suggested that our current president should address "failing public schools." That falls into the category of telling a lie loud enough and often enough, and it becomes accepted as truth.
Although Debby and I have been gone from the Brainerd lakes area for nearly two years, having moved to Northfield, Minn., I am just now fully retiring from medical practice after 39 years. I have most recently worked intermittently in UrgentCARE at the Baxter Clinic. With this new reality, I wanted to take the opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Brainerd lakes area communities for allowing me to be a part of their lives, medically, and in the broader general community sense for all these years.