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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Mezzenga Carlson celebration of life set Saturday
Blood drive slated Friday in Pequot Lakes
Path of the eclipse: When and where to get the best view
Path of the eclipse: When and where to get the best view
Pine River: Council keeps informed about airport work
Twins activate former All-Star closer Perkins
Danecdotes: Practice begins for area fall sports
Vikings kicker, punter positions up for grabs yet
Vikings QB Sam Bradford opens up on faith, trust and drowning out the intrigue
Injuries strike Vikings offensive line again
Curtis W. Smith
Randall Stephen Rakauskas
Harlan R. "Smokey" Holmvig
Richard Wayne Gravdahl
Crosslake offers something for everyone Aug. 12
The endless summer
Pages from the Past - Aug. 18, 2017
Last duck race of season is today
SOLO to play Saturday in Pequot Lakes park
Letter to the editor: Leave the memorial be
From the Lefthand Corner: Trump's downward slide
Supporting a free press
Vogt's Notes: Imagine a day without local news
Try a new twist on zucchini with 'zoodles'
letters to the editor
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Spike & Karen Wales
Cole Richard Sifferath
Robert and Susan (Gregg) House
As I See It
August 12, 2017
As I See It: Musings
I like to start most mornings with a rather large cup of coffee, looking out the living room windows and allowing my mind to wander where it will. It has to be silent - no radio, no TV, no distractions save the birds and the rippling leaves in the trees. In between sips of coffee,...
August 12, 2017 - 5:00am
July 29, 2017
As I See It: Progressivism ... at what cost?
A recent letter writer challenged me to mention one positive thing that progressives have done for our country or society in every column so they won't be so negative by focusing on our problems. I thought about that for a while and came to the conclusion that like most issues, unless...
July 29, 2017 - 9:30am
June 17, 2017
As I See It:The essence of opinion
A recent letter writer accused me of irresponsible journalism for the content of my column concerning global climate change that was partially inspired by a Dilbert cartoon strip. Notwithstanding the fact that I am anything but a journalist, I am always disappointed when someone is...
June 17, 2017 - 7:00am
June 3, 2017
As I See It: The scourge of pornography
Suppose there were some things that clearly caused demonstrable harm to individuals, families and the whole of society. Doesn't it make sense that individuals and both private and public organizations would be fighting to actually control or prohibit these things? What if all the...
June 3, 2017 - 5:30am
May 20, 2017
As I See It: Dilbert and climate change
I am an ardent fan of the comic strip Dilbert, written by Scott Adams. Following my Air Force career, I worked for a high-tech engineering services...
May 20, 2017 - 7:00am
May 6, 2017
As I See It: What did you unlearn today?
There are many opportunities for us to learn throughout our lives. "Ancaro imparo" is a Latin phrase attributed to Michelangelo that may be translated as "I am still learning." If you look for the opportunities to learn and grow, you will probably realize they are all around us all...
May 6, 2017 - 6:30am
April 22, 2017
As I see it: What do the American people really want?
Can you imagine yourself in the Oval Office trying to run the executive branch of our government to the satisfaction of a majority of the citizens? Do you think you would do any better than President Trump? I'm certain many of us imagine we or someone else would be much more effective,...
April 22, 2017 - 5:10am
April 8, 2017
As I See It: Diversity, disunity and insanity - oh my!
"E Pluribus Unum" is a Latin phrase that means, "Out of many, one." It was used as our national motto after it first appeared on the Great Seal of the United States in the 1700s. In 1964, President Eisenhower signed a law designating, "In God We Trust," as our official motto. That...
April 8, 2017 - 5:30am
March 25, 2017
As I See It: Enemy of whom?
Much has been made of President Trump's recent comments about fake news and the media being the enemy of the people. As usual, far too many people in the media and other organizations chose to take this the wrong way instead of looking at how and when it could be true. Sadly, I believe...
March 25, 2017 - 6:00am
March 12, 2017
As I See It: The logic escapes me
I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder who is looking back at me. He doesn't look at all like I think he should. His hair is thinning to the point there isn't much left on top. The skin above his eyes droops down and almost covers his eyelids. There are funny looking spots here...
March 12, 2017 - 7:00am
February 27, 2017
As I See It: Respecting women
I once met a man who claimed he understood women. He was wearing a straightjacket at the time, and I haven't seen him since some men in white coats took him away. And he was the only man I ever met who made that claim. Now it's not that women are that difficult to understand. But...
February 27, 2017 - 8:58pm
February 8, 2017
As I See It: The pendulum and the pit
I have a clock that I bought in Germany in 1974. It keeps time using a pendulum and weights. In order to ensure the time is accurate, the pendulum requires periodic adjustments - more often around the summer and winter solstices. I don't understand all the physics involved, but understanding...
February 8, 2017 - 11:50pm
January 2, 2017
As I See It: Hope and change for 2017 and beyond
If I thought I was sick of the endless, over-the-top campaigning and rhetoric prior to the election and that the continuing nausea was going to quickly disappear on Nov. 9, I was sadly mistaken. I am truly disappointed and nearly just as sick now with the crying, hand-wringing and...
January 2, 2017 - 9:34am
December 26, 2016
Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Electoral College
In his "As I See It" column in the Dec. 1 issue of the Echo Journal, Mr. Abler wrote about the Electoral College. He stated, "Do away with the Electoral College in favor of direct popular vote for the presidency and small states - Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas and many others - won't...
opinion/letters to the editor
December 26, 2016 - 8:18pm
December 15, 2016
As I See It: A matter of death and life
I have some issues with newspapers, especially when it comes to headlines. Since I am not now, nor have I ever been, a card-carrying journalist or English major, I don't know the guidelines for writing headlines. I assume they are trying to capture the essence of the story or article...
December 15, 2016 - 9:00pm