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
Tonight I'm watching the Tony Awards. The talent is beyond the pale, singing and dancing. The stars congratulating each other for their hard work and collecting their awards. I sat up when I realized the Tony Awards are sponsored by Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, one of three United States insulin manufacturers. Certainly, if they want to fund the Tony Awards, go for it. But don't forget that there are more than 100 million United States adults with diabetes. If they can't afford to buy insulin, they will die. And they have.
After an emotional day June 6 on the anniversary of WWII D-Day with memories of the Normandy invasion at Omaha Beach, I returned home to find my roadside trash container jammed full by a cheap, ignorant, illegal dumper. I called the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office and received great support from Deputy Eric, who took evidence with him (receipt from Cub Foods, bike tires, CO2 canisters) to investigate. I appreciated his concern, thoroughness and support.
Recently, 423 Brainerd High School students graduated. Fifty years ago 430 students graduated from what was then the first year of the new Brainerd High School. The Class of 1969 will be celebrating our 50th class reunion in late August. For two years we have been planning this event, which started with the idea of a Brainerd Public Schools Foundation Endowed Scholarship for a graduating senior as our way of giving back. The scholarship would be awarded annually to a BHS student who will be attending a trade school or 2-4 year college.
I was not part of the greater generation but I was part of the generation that succeeds them. Their examples and their ideals were emulated by my generation. We saw in them courageous people who had been through so much. They had lived through the Great Depression and a terrible war of aggression against our country and came out of both victorious. Their tenacity, their courage is still talked about today because they changed the course of history for our country and the whole world. We were seen as a shining example for the rest of the world when it came to freedom's ring.
Upon reading the opinion on "settled science" I thought I was back in the 1950s McCarthy era. Talking about a Russian revolution and people being imprisoned for not believing in climate change? Harry S. Truman always thought the Russians were coming to take us over. Remember the "duck and cover" air raid drills we did in the '50s? And what intelligent, astute scientist would accept the concept of everything having a provable scientific reason, a completely "settled science"? The concept that gender is a scientific matter of DNA is too regressed to even comment on.
Let's say I did not want a field of corn growing near me, so I decide to go and start jerking it out before it's mature. What am I doing? I am killing the corn before it is mature. For something like that I would be arrested, fined or even sent to prison. Yet it's OK to jerk a baby from its mother's womb. Give me a break. These are precious gifts from God. People out there who don't care are worse than animals. Me, I really love babies. So you baby killers out there better wake up and see the light. Marlene Brawthen Staples
Opponents of the proposed new Driftwood Resort development are breathing easier (County Board sinks proposal to redevelop lakefront resort), but some of us remain troubled by misrepresentation. Board Chair Franzen claimed challengers were anti-resort. Not true. It was the number of variances, building and traffic density, and undocumented impervious surface ratio that brought forth a united resistance.