Please join me in voting for Charles Black Lance for Brainerd School Board. Charles is the best qualified person to serve on the school board. He is the father of three children who attend Brainerd schools, he serves on the Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Board of Directors. He has 20 years of professional experience leading academic support programs and managing financial budgets within an educational institution in Brainerd. He serves on multiple community boards including the Brainerd Lakes YMCA, Bridges of Hope and the Brainerd Dispatch Advisory Board.
Due to many years of service to his job and community, I feel that Scott Goddard is the best choice for Crow Wing County Sheriff. Sally Armitage Pequot Lakes
Tina Smith should be returned to the Senate: She personifies the genuine sincerity, competence, commitment and congeniality Minnesotans expect in their senator. Her opponent, who has a legislative record of grandiose claims, but "lite" in substance, stood on stage next to a lawless, admitted sexual predator and independently proven serial liar, eagerly basking in his presidential endorsement. Conveniently, she now claims to be "independent."
I have become close friends with Pat when he asked me to be his campaign manager almost a year ago. This journey has allowed me to witness first hand who he really is and what he cares about. His work ethic and drive to serve our community is inspiring. His love for his family, friends and the citizens he protects shows every single day. A great attribute he has is when he puts that uniform on, he's still Pat! His caring and compassion carries over to his job. He is sincere and goes above and beyond to help those in need.
How this money has hurt both parties and ruined our country and we let it happen. Back in the '60s when my dad first ran for the state House of Representatives, it cost his campaign $300 and no outside money was spent. When he got to St. Paul, the legislators would work together for the good of the people. Now, as much as $200,000 is put into this one house seat. A billionaire from anywhere in the world can put up this last minute money to run smear campaigns with negative ads against a good person. People say they hate these ads but they work.
Pete Stauber has it right for Congressional District 8. I have accompanied Pete on visits with citizens throughout Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. Pete understands the needs of our communities. Please don't believe the outright lies in the garbage mailers and TV ads. Here is what I witnessed as Pete talked with citizens in our area. On health care, Pete will absolutely protect the prohibition on insurance companies from using a pre-existing condition as justification for not insuring you.
If you are going to vote for someone only because he "seems to be a nice person" or "he's a family man" please don't vote. Everyone is a nice person and a nice family man, but what of his/her party? What does his/her party platform have in store for you? If you don't know, stay home, do your country a favor.
In last Friday's paper I think someone made a poor decision regarding the placement of opinion articles. The Other Opinion column had the usual Washington Post article degrading President Trump. But right beside it was a political cartoon depicting the repugnant attributes of Trump haters. No intelligible reasons for hating! No beneficial suggestions for uniting our country. I trust the Brainerd Dispatch will be impartial and publish pros and cons on all issues. Sue Kowal Brainerd
Pat and I have worked together for 15 years. Pat's selfless servitude and dedication to his community makes him the best candidate for sheriff. With innovative new ideas and reimplementation of the K9 program it is evident Crow Wing County will be safer with Pat at the helm. Pat's ability to build a team around him with positivity, motivation and inspiration is a valuable leadership quality and has never been more evident and necessary.
"Cast all your cares upon Him (Jesus), for He cares for us." 1 Peter 5:7. I'll join in the last hurrah. First, I hope and pray Paul Thiede keeps his seat, God knows the county commission needs an anchor! Between Housley and Smith, Karin has the eyes of a citizen, not just another politician. As for Walz and Johnson, Walz will take the shirts off our backs to fund his programs. I don't want a lump of coal for my taxes. Go Wardlow and Heintzeman, two good men and choices. Newberger gets honorable mention.