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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Community angels support Faith in Action's neighborly volunteers
[KLICK GALLERY] Pine River Christmas events Dec. 3
Crow Wing County Most Wanted: December
[KLICK GALLERY] Jenkins tree lighting
Brainerd Lakes Chamber to host Bruce Miles Dec. 7
Stone returns after placing 10th at state last season
PR-B Pulse dance team growing
Tiger boys will start fresh for 2016
Experience, depth is key for Lightning
Revolution aim to move up in section
Francis Lee Cooley
Jean R. Prahm
Dr. Duane Lund
Ryan C. Amacher
Snowbirds should pack sunscreen and know the signs of skin cancer
Grim's Grub: Bone juice
Verch, Newberry to play Nisswa concert Dec. 9
Klein to perform at Gustavus Christmas worship services
'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' auditions set at CLC
Letter to the Editor: Pine River Chamber thanks snowplowers, linemen
Letter to the Editor: United we stand; divided we fall
As I See It: Tyranny comes in many forms
Faith: The holiday gathering
Letter to the Editor: This is what they are teaching at a 'Christian' school?
letters to the editor
80th Birthday: Harold Hanson
50th Wedding Anniversary: James and Mary Ann Zander
50th Wedding Anniversary: Don and Elizabeth Trusty
Three Fold Fraser Celebration
90th Birthday: Gerald "Keebler" Nelson
As I See It
As I See It: Tyranny comes in many forms
A true democracy has a number of inherent weaknesses, one of which is the potential for the winner(s) to advance their agenda with no regard to the needs and wishes of the minority. We can thank Alexander Hamilton among others for the current Electoral College scheme that has worked...
14 hours 31 min ago
November 21, 2016
As I See It: It's too early to tell
Relatively early in my Air Force career I was selected to be a junior executive officer for our new wing commander, a brigadier general. They had initially asked for volunteers, and after screening the field of volunteers, they asked the squadron commanders to nominate their best...
November 21, 2016 - 10:16am
November 7, 2016
As I See It: It's all about leadership and trust
If it were possible, I believe that everyone in this country should serve at least two years in the military or a quasi-military service organization so they could be exposed to a lot of things, including real leadership. Of course, that short period of time might not be enough for...
November 7, 2016 - 10:22am
October 24, 2016
As I See It: What really matters
In several previous columns, I touched on the importance of the presidential election as it relates to the Supreme Court. I will now explain in greater detail just how important a factor that should be in your decision-making. As you know, the Supreme Court is the final adjudicator...
October 24, 2016 - 9:20am
October 11, 2016
As I See It: Neverland
In case I need to refresh the literary portion of your mind, Neverland is the creation of J.M. Barrie in the book "Peter and Wendy," which later was adapted into the play, "Peter Pan." As Peter, Wendy and the others flew toward the "second star to the right and straight on till morning,"...
October 11, 2016 - 9:35am
September 24, 2016
As I See It: A tale of two baskets
It is said that if you give a man enough rope, he will hang himself. A corollary appears to be, if you let a politician speak long enough, he or she will cut himself or herself off at the knees. Charles Dickens' novel, "A Tale of Two Cities," was set in London and Paris before and...
September 24, 2016 - 11:42am
September 11, 2016
As I See It: From the sublime to the ridiculous
It certainly has been an interesting two weeks. Every time I start to think the two major party candidates may have settled down into some semblance of normalcy, they prove me wrong. At times I think that Donald Trump is playing from Ross Perot's playbook and really doesn't want to...
September 11, 2016 - 10:46am
August 25, 2016
As I See It: I'm biased; and so are we all
The differences between a preference, a bias and a prejudice can sometimes be pretty difficult to define. A preference implies a partiality, favorite, fondness or liking for a particular thing. A bias has some of these same words as synonyms but includes a bit stronger inclination...
August 25, 2016 - 8:57am
July 27, 2016
As I see it: Top 10 questions for presidential debates
As David Letterman and his show aged, the only feature I still enjoyed was his Top 10 Lists. At times they could be sophomoric or banal, but many times they were quite imaginative and entertaining. I even came up with my own Top 10 Reasons for Retiring from the USAF twenty-two years...
July 27, 2016 - 12:18pm
July 13, 2016
As I See It: Why can't we see the connection?
A few weeks ago I was struck by two contrasting stories on the front page of the Brainerd Dispatch. The first story was about a local centenarian, Ethel Satre who celebrated her 108th birthday. The headline of her story read, "A life lived LONG." The story underneath her photo in...
July 13, 2016 - 9:08am
June 29, 2016
As I See It: No Fly, No Buy ... oh my!
The last month or so has been interesting. I've been accused of redneck attitudes and perhaps a lack of conscience. Some people think I'm spot on with my commentary and others think I should probably be silenced. I must be doing something right. And it's liberals who are proving all...
June 29, 2016 - 10:05am
June 14, 2016
As I See It: It's really about the judiciary ... and ultimately the country
Unless something really drastic and destructive happens, the fall presidential election will be a contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I have heard people from both parties and neither party claim they simply cannot bring themselves to vote for X or Y. Their reasons...
June 14, 2016 - 11:43pm
June 1, 2016
As I See It: It's time for adults to act like adults
I was going to make the title of this column, "Bathrooms, flags and us - oh my," but I wasn't sure anyone would read beyond that title. That is closer to the subject matter at hand. But the real reason the title is more appropriate is because of the juvenile way we adults are acting...
June 1, 2016 - 3:43pm
May 17, 2016
As I See It: Race and our economic disparities
Race and our economic disparities A few weeks ago, we witnessed some hand wringing and pontificating about the "income disparity" between whites and non-whites in Minnesota. I happened to be in the Cities at the time and one of the Sunday newspapers had a large graphic on page one...
May 17, 2016 - 6:10pm
May 4, 2016
As I See It: Time for a reality check
An effective reality check requires you to operate your active brain, and only your brain, in its analytical mode. It also requires you to disengage any politically correct sympathy modes, psychosocial needs or innate genes that cloud critical thinking.
May 4, 2016 - 11:40am