This paper has probably received many letters regarding comments made by Paul Koering. We all say things that maybe we don't totally mean or believe deep down, which is what I believe happened to him. I have been an addict for over 40 years, trying to live a productive life with sadness, anxiousness and traumatic events happening early on in my life. These events led to my mental illness symptoms caused a dependency on a variety of chemicals, making me feel "normal" just to get through a shift at work, an afternoon with family or a severe beating from a former spouse.
Last week we received the Brainerd Community Ed summer activities book, and as I flipped through it, I saw a full page ad for the Mark Munson Memorial School of Rock on page 54. I immediately showed it to my girls. They're in seventh and eighth grade, and last summer, they were blown away by the School of Rock concert they saw. That night Tornstrom Auditorium came alive, animated by an incredible sound system and light show, but most importantly—the beating hearts and smiling faces of band after band of talented youth.
"Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, what keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love His and keep His commandments to a thousand generations." Deuteronomy 7:9. I'm a little disappointed with this winter, I thought it would put up more of a fight keeping the snow around and now this latest storm, I'm impressed. I like winters.
As The Center celebrates our 40th birthday this year, we also celebrate 40 years of volunteer service. We recognize and thank each volunteer who lends their time, talents and support to The Center. Their "extra sets of hands" allow The Center to be all that it can be. With our volunteers dedicated service, we logged 19,845 hours in 2018! The board of directors, DeAnn and staff sincerely thank our volunteers for making the lakes area a happier, healthier community for all who live here. DeAnn Barry Executive Director The Center
In a recent article, Commissioner Koering made comments that were offensive to me. I sent a personal email to Commissioner Koering on Wednes, March 27, indicating how personally offended I was by his comments. He has not responded to my email. His comments hit me personally because all three of my younger brothers committed suicide as a result of their chemical dependency problems. My son was addicted, and was rescued by a mental health program. My granddaughter is currently addicted to meth.
As we watch the situation in Venezuela worsen every day, have you ask yourself why this is happening? Why is it that a country that at one time had the best living conditions in South America, is now reduced to having its citizens eating out of garbage dumps and raiding grave sites to steal jewelry to sell for food? The people of Venezuela were promised and led to believe that socialism was an answer to any problems they had.
An April 7 Reader Opinion letter disputed my previous letter criticizing those politicians who are blindly opposed to prerequisite universal background checks for buyers of firearms, in Minnesota as well as nationwide. The purpose of multiple legislative bills, before both Minnesota and Washington, D.C. lawmakers, seems obvious—to protect lives everywhere, built upon the basics of common-sense safeguards.
"Unplanned" is a must see to see the truth about Planned Parenthood, a vicious killing machine. It is all about money. This is by a lady that worked for them. Bring your son and daughter. Also, a teacher appeared recently on Fox News talking about how Planned Parenthood is visiting some schools in big cities teaching about birth control pills know they will forget to take them, get pregnant and want an abortion, so they are right there to talk them into it. People, your abortion party is the devil's helper. God help us. Al Wikstrom Sr. Baxter
The Democrat party, although dangerously reckless in their expressed views and existing policies, somehow continue to provide mirth for those paying attention. The Germans call it "schadenfreude," or, the opportunity/willingness to laugh at the gaffs and foolishness of someone else. Amy Klobuchar provided such an opportunity just before Trump was to visit Minnesota. The senator told us that the tax cuts were a "mirage" that would never benefit anyone. Funny, but over 75% of CPAs have announced the cuts to have had a positive impact on taxpayers.
Dear God, as we approach the season of remembering what Christ did for us on the cross and the amazing resurrection on the third day, I am so grateful that Jesus Christ is in my heart. Christ lives inside of me. I am trying very hard to yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and respond to the assignments that you give me momently as I prepare for your son, Jesus Christ's return. I know that this earth is not our home and we are just passing through. I have no fear as I await the new heaven and the new earth. Oh, what a glorious day it will be! In Jesus' name, amen.