For 15-plus years, we have had the best neighbors with Eric Klang and his family. Eric has been readily available when we needed assistance but never more so than after the storms of 2015 and 2016 on Round Lake. We were totally overwhelmed by the damage done to the trees on our property and Eric and crew came to our rescue, cleaning up a large portion of the damage. Whether friendly conversation "over the fence" or being there when needed, Eric Klang is the neighbor we will always hope to have. Byron and Judy Eliseuson Brainerd
Our community doesn't get better by chance, it gets better by change. Pat Pickar, candidate for Crow Wing County Sheriff is the change our community deserves. Change will not come if we vote for some other candidate or wait for some other time. Pickar's time is now. Pickar is bold enough to start conversations that matter, brave enough to lead progress and genuine enough to be himself. It's time to start something new. Change your mind and accept the challenge. Vote Pickar for Crow Wing County Sheriff. Heidi Hagen Brainerd
Several thousand people have been waiting for the start of the 10th season of the Lakes Area Music Festival and it is happening now. As one of the most unique music festivals in the country, talented professional musicians from around the country flock to Brainerd to produce classical music concerts that anyone can attend for free. You don't have to drive to the Twin Cities and pay for gas, parking, meals, and tickets to experience world-class music—it's in our backyard at Brainerd's Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Educational Services Building.
In reference to the Reader Opinion letter of July 22, it is amazing the writer fails to understand that President Trump is off to a great start in making this country great again.
I understand how easy it is to fall for the populist lines. If you are well versed in our nation's founding and history, you would know better. If you are less involved and less certain of our nation's history, it may be easy to believe all is owed to you as a citizen and even non-citizen. If you have struggled to make ends meet you may think that a "fair wage" is a right. As a parent it would be easy to accept the idea that government owes your children health insurance and a college education.
Health care costs have been going through the roof in Minnesota, and many people can't afford it. In this state 350,000 people are currently uninsured and at least 400,000 more are considered to be underinsured. This means they avoid seeking medical attention on some occasions because of the high cost of copays and deductibles. It's an unfortunate fact that our health care system was far too expensive before Obamacare and after Obamacare.
The U.S. economy grew by more than 4 percent last quarter, which President Trump attributed to tax cuts and his other policies. Economists noted that one cause was a lot of pre-tariff buying, especially of soybeans and other exported U.S. farm products. In between taking bows, Trump assured us that his economic growth was sustainable. He did not mention the major growth reason which is the emergence of the U.S. as the world's latest energy production super power, a growth which Trump has inherited.
"Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him." Prov. 30:5. I support and encourage people to vote for Eric Klang. He's running against two good men. Eric, however, fits the bill as sheriff for his desire to serve as he once had the opportunity and would like to again and his more than qualified to do so. This is not paid for by the Klang for sheriff committee, if he has one.
The Lakes Area Music Festival started off its summer festival with a varied and colorful Community Showcase Concert on July 29. If you need some gratitude in your life, how about being grateful for our local talent? Some of the area musicians are studying as far away as Boston and Boulder, Colo. Sunday, Aug. 5, will be the next concert at Tornstrom, called Carnival of the Animals. This would be a great time to bring your children. "Peter and the Wolf" will be performed and narrated. An opportunity to try out an instrument will be given after the concert.
From our constant and increasing concerns for our country we must first identify the cause of these concerns. It would seem to be very obvious to the casual observer that the liberal agenda is to blame; they are in bed with a socialist agenda and those who support Sharia law that would destroy our society to gain control of our daily lives and impose strict controls over us as a nation. Many examples of this are available all over the world.