So, a 22-year-old man kicked his mother's small dog to death after he suspected it had urinated on his shoe. He could have received two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Instead the court decided his punishment would be to serve 30 days in his house. After all, it was just a dog. What would he have to have done to receive a stiffer penalty? Isn't death serious enough? What or who will be next? With his temper, I hope his mother doesn't do anything to aggravate him. When will the courts start taking mistreatment of animals more seriously? Julie Pawlak Hackensack
Did you ever have a corporate darling as a boss that you absolutely hated? You waited daily for that person to be transferred, quit, fired or possibly even perish in an automobile crash. Respected by none, supported by a minority and loathed by the majority. FM22-100 military leadership defines leadership as the process of influencing others to accomplish the mission by providing purpose, direction, and motivation.
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?