There was an interesting article in the Brainerd Dispatch a couple of weeks ago regarding traffic deaths increasing 6 percent in 2018. Of the 380 total deaths listed 221 were either alcohol-related or speed-related. Also listed were 27 deaths as distracted-related and 90 deaths for unbuckled occupant's both of which increased in 2018.
The government is open, for now. This gives the voters another chance to get their message to Congress. Can we agree on some things? That the shutdown hurt us all? That fearing for the welfare of our neighbors and ourselves felt more positive than fearing our neighbors? Can we agree that an educated, informed, critical thinking electorate is preferable for decision-making over mob mentality? Things happen so quickly we forget how they started. "Build a Wall" began as a campaign rally
With the interest required to be paid on the national debt near to 1,000 million dollars each day, it marks a place to consider the decisions that will need to be made, eventually. It may be that the current political gyrations will be helpful to prepare us for even more tumult in the future, much like that of medical stress tests for a group with unhealthy habits. We will have markers, discovery and needed acknowledgments. The questions may tend to group near to the determination of the distribution of discomforts.
As a transplant from the Twin Cities two years ago, I knew that the best way to be involved in this community was to simply get involved.
A few years after leaving the Minnesota Legislature I had the opportunity to introduce Steve Carlton (owner of the Emily manganese mine) to Bruce Kraemer, CEO of Crow Wing Power. Being an acquaintance of both, I looked forward to the introduction. I walked away thinking this could lead to great things for the co-op membership. I never suspected how little the membership would be told about the mining project.
Of course the left understands critical theory, fully committing them to the destruction of any and all institutions in order to install their own, twisted versions. Our side, not so much. The great danger facing us is thinking of these evil anarchists as merely misguided or crazy. The long march through our institutions has proven them deadly serious- and competent at their task. Sen. Hirono says defending religious liberty is now alt-right extremism. Speaker Pelosi says that walls are immoral, when we all know she has a wall around her own home.
I have no opinion on whether we should build a wall or not. However, what do I think about a wall on our southern border keeping out drugs? The vast majorities of illegal drugs come through legal points of entry or are manufactured here. A lot of them that are smuggled into this country are brought in by citizens of this country. Americans have an insatiable appetite for drugs. The only way to cut down on the drug smuggling is to quit buying the drugs. This is not going to happen in this country. They have been trying for 50 years and have failed miserably at it.
In 1783 governors received President Washington's prayer for the nation. What did he pray for? Knowing we are full of sin, selfishness and cowardice, and that there was and is only one way we can ever hope to be a happy nation, he acknowledged five times that our lord, not ourselves, has the power to accomplish this for us through the example of Christ. Did he say from teaching legal theft, or fear and unforgiveness, or family separation?
There has been much talk about Trump and the wall, and whether or not we should build a wall. Almost all people are saying we should build a wall, but that will cost billions of dollars. The wall will move for thousands of miles long, and is projected 20 feet tall. I feel as though the wall will just be a pain, for it will cost tons of money, and we do not know who will pay for it. We hear Mexico, but I do not see that happening. Also maintaining the wall will be a problem, with all the steel we are using because it will eventually rust and be a waste of money.
First things first. Do I support the city of Brainerd to continue with a program of responsible street improvement? Yes! However, as I read over the definitions of the Chapter 429 Process (provided to impacted property owners at the Jan. 8, 2019, Public Meeting No. 2) and how that Minnesota Statue is being misapplied to the Buffalo Hills Lane extension and Mississippi Drive Construction Project, the more concern I have about the lack of logical linkage with the design criteria, construction timeline, cost estimates, assessment policy and assessment methodology.