I'm writing my opinion in response to the Jan. 1, 2019 reader opinion, "Change." The writer talks about it's time to do the right thing with other countries. You mean the countries that have taken advantage of America? The writer talks about living wage and health care. Who will pay for this? The writer talks about caring for our earth. My guess the writer hasn't stopped driving her car and snow blowing her sidewalks. No, she hasn't. Liberals like to talk about what other people should do. Bill Dian Brainerd
The year is nearing an end, I sincerely hope we are not facing another full year of President Trump's antics and a group of legislators that will not hold themselves and him accountable. It really is time to do the right thing. Bringing democracy to its knees and humiliating our allies and others will only make us very alone in this world. The world is becoming a smaller place and we are all connected, we just need to decide how we want to be connected. There are other leaders and peoples who know what honor is and what humanity is.
"But who do you say that I am?" Jesus asked. Matt. 16:15b. Before this Christmas season is a wrap, ask yourselves these questions: Who do you say Jesus is? Who is he in your heart of hearts? Who are you to Jesus? Friend, foe, follower, skeptic, uncommitted, uncertain, afraid of what others would say or think, dead set against or born again? Read the Guest Opinion on Christmas Day in the Dispatch, it really tells it like it is about Jesus, shows there is no middle ground, it's all or nothing. Here's a riddle to help your New Year. I am your constant companion.
So it's Christmas Day evening and it's drawing to a close. The festivities are over for another year and I find myself wishing that somehow I could capture all of the good will of the last few weeks and keep the whole thing going but I'm at a loss as how to do that. History tells me, now that the party's over, things will likely revert back to business as usual.
Nobody likes to hear about the death of any child, U.S. citizen or Guatemalan refugee. Do not jump to conclusions about Homeland Security, Border Patrol or ICE (yes, they employ mothers and fathers) when two kids happen to die at one of the refugee detainment centers. This headline is sensationalist news simply because the survival odds are stacked against Central American kids from birth. In the U.S., 2017-18, we lost over 170 kids (1 every 2 days) to flu and pneumonia related causes but you don't see that being reported anywhere.
Minnesota nice is alive and well today in Brainerd. On my way into work my car got stuck in the snow on the corner of Kingwood and Seventh streets on Friday morning and a young man driving by stopped, pulled a shovel out of the back seat of his car, and shoveled out the snow surrounding all four of my tires. He shoveled yet again to free me when there proved to be too much snow for me to go forward. I offered him some money for his help, but he refused it. I don't know what I would have done if he hadn't been there to rescue me.
I read with interest the article in the Dispatch about the public hearing on the North Forestview Project in Baxter. It sounds as though there was a significant amount of information discussed and shared on this project. My question is, why weren't the property owners on the south end of the Forestview project notified about this meeting? I understand that the law requires notification to only those that are property owners where the project is taking place, but I suggest that the property owners on the other half of the project have a significant interest in the information presented.
I am sure for many of us this Christmas Eve we will remember a Christmas when our founding families were all gathered together. When we were kids and we sat on the couch like stair steps and waited for the gifts to be distributed by dad and mom. Our expectations weren't high back then but there was always that glimmer of hope that somehow, somewhere, we would get that gift we had asked for but knew in the back of our minds was not in the budget.
Merry Christmas! As we reflect upon 2018, there are many things that remain seriously and dangerously distorted but shrouded from scrutiny. However, many revelations can—and should—be stated as fact, as certain as the sun rising tomorrow. Here are a few, in no particular order. 2018 Takeaways We the People have been left out of the conversation. Students have lessons saying socialism is about fairness, and that capitalism is greedy and evil. Both lessons are lies. You may very well identify as a '57 Chevy, but there are still only two genders.
'Tis the season for hope, possibility and celebration. It is also the season for letting go of the old darkness, the fear and the defensiveness. It is the beginning of the end of shadows as things begin to take human form with the emerging light, as fears melt away, and as we see that the reality is not so frightening.