Recently thousands marched in protest when government failed to enact legislation restricting gun ownership in an effort to protect children in school. Mental health is at the root of the issue with Second Amendment advocates digging in for the long legal fight. Since mass shootings became a fad about 1,400 victims have perished in what appears to be an NRA led defense of a constitutional right. Sandy Hook takes center stage as a conspicuous example of what can happen when our government fails to act.
"The Wealth Gap," an article from The Washington Post, appeared in the Sunday, June 2, business section of the Dispatch. It was about the bleak economic picture for most millennials, having an average net worth of $8,000, far lower than earlier generations. It documented educational and health care costs along with a rising cost of living as the source of this sad outlook.
There is an old adage that applies to Crow Wing Power CEO Bruce Kramer's $1.9 million bonus (his yearly salary was $200,000) as well as five members of their Board of Directors' vote to give themselves $70,000 for Board work on Hunt Technologies. That adage is "Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered!" Unfortunately, until our local legislators and politicians finally do something about creating laws that would prevent such abuses, neither Kramer nor Board members of Crow Wing Power will get the message, they will just continue to get fat! Richard Scherman
I attended the Crow Wing Power annual meeting on Saturday. There were a lot of unhappy people there and there was a lot of venting of anger and frustration. I had to leave around 12:30 but the discussions were not making any headway. I guess myself or someone else should have gotten up by then and said something to the effect that—Look, there are a whole bunch of unhappy people in this Co-op so we should now address what needs to be done to try and fix this or at least make corrections to the future.
Imagine if a woman president got on Twitter every morning to complain about people being mean and unfair to her. She'd undoubtedly be labeled by some as being weak, childish, hysterical, shrill, vindictive, thin-skinned, a bully and unfit to lead. Yet, for some reason, those same people refuse to use those labels to describe the man (a self-proclaimed "very stable genius") who currently occupies the Oval Office and gets on Twitter every morning to complain about people being mean and unfair to him. What does that tell you about such people? Brian Marsh
After the 2016 presidential election, traditional political parties were clearly becoming less and less relevant to voters. It had become obvious to many voters that only candidates vetted by the economic elite would be on the ballot. Both parties had been co-opted by big money, resulting in the effective disenfranchisement of most ordinary people since the issues of the regular citizens were not a priority.
Why do political candidates continue to use the word "fight" in their campaign rhetoric? I would rather have someone that is "working" for the rights and the betterment of the people. Or better yet "work" with the other side in the spirit of compromise to find some common solutions to the national debt problem, immigration problem, opioid epidemic and so on. Seems all this "fighting" has lead us to the never ending investigations that frankly have no point. G. Boehmer Brainerd
In Kathleen Parker's May 21 column in the Dispatch regarding abortion, she wrote, "I'll always wonder how acceptance of destroying the pre-born has affected our humanity. And how many among the 60 million Americans aborted since 1973 were destined to shape a better world." So, have you ever actually stopped to think that among all those aborted babies, so ruthlessly destroyed for convenience sake, could have made a tremendous difference in our world today?
Last week in the "This was Brainerd" column by Terry McCollough, a story from 80 years ago caught my eye: The airplane crash near Cinosam at Gull Lake. We lived about a mile from the crash site. I remember the plane going over our house and brother Jim saying to me that the engine was missing. We went to Cinosam the next day and took a picture of the crashed plane. A few months ago, Lucille Kirkeby at the Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum found the article from the 1939 Brainerd Dispatch, and I put the article and photo in my family museum.
It appears that Dispatch reporters think there is a magnesium deposit in Emily, MN. I am happy that there is actually a manganese deposit in Emily, MN, located on the Cuyuna Iron Range, the largest in North America. Laura Ukura-Leir Ironton