Pineandlakes Echo Journal
President Obama is scheduled to present the state of the union address, and reportedly will discuss raising taxes on the wealthy. Why target the wealthy? Aren't their taxes too high already? They constantly say they are. Apparently they weren't too high to prevent them becoming wealthy. Many different ways are being used to illustrate the tremendous disparities we have in wealth and privilege in the United States. The one that first stuck with me was that just 7 percent of our people own 80 percent of our entire wealth. We're told, by the wealthy, that hard work will reward us.
A women's self defense class for ages 14 and older will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Eagle View Elementary School. Learn different ways to defend yourself in various situations. Boost confidence and learn to be safe while working out, having fun, meeting other women and learning something new. Taking a self-defense class is important because crime can happen to anyone at any time. This class will help provide skills and education needed to take control of your life.
Consensus, an a cappella vocal ensemble with professional, quality, "homegrown" vocal talent, will be featured on stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. Consensus has performed for a variety of Brainerd lakes area events, including the summer Lakes Area Music Festival, the UCC church Epiphany concerts, area churches and various conventions. The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) will host this vocal ensemble as part of the 2014-15 season of shows. Consensus is a nine-member group that started in 2011.
The legislative session just started and it appears Reps. Dale Lueck and Josh Heintzeman are giving up when it comes to fixing our state's transportation infrastructure. As a rural legislator, I know how important our roads and bridges are to residents and farmers. During the campaign, Reps. Lueck, Heintzman and their Republican allies committed to fixing our state's crumbling roads and bridges.
The Pequot Lakes fifth-grade girls took first place at their first tournament of the season last weekend in Verndale, defeating Royalton, Onamia and Frazee. The team includes, front row from left, Elisa Flaws, Carly Chaney, Sydnie Wgeishofski and Brittany Joyce; back row from left, coach Melissa Chaney, Sonja Palmer, Hannah McMahon, Morgan Eckes and coach Ann Flaws. Submitted Photo
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This viewpoint is in response to John Weber's "Blind to science" letter in the Jan. 15 Echo Journal. Climate change is not a proven fact. It is a theory that may turn out to be true, but so far the theory has had a very bumpy history the past 10 years. In 2003, Al Gore took the climate change theory to Congress to get legislation that would have shut down all coal-fired plants, even those with scrubbers. Fortunately, Congress rejected Mr.
The Senior Nutrition Program offers a nutritionally balanced meal for all people to enjoy. Meals are served Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Pine River and Crosslake. The suggested voluntary donation is $4 per meal for those over 60 and $7.15 for those under 60. Meals on Wheels are available for homebound seniors in area communities. In Pequot Lakes, meals are served at the Sibley Terrace Apartments, 31203 N. Oak St. To make a reservation or for Meals on Wheels information, call 218-587-2921 between 8 a.m.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the Cass County Sheriff's Office responded to two separate incidents of vehicles going through the ice on Leech Lake on Friday, Jan. 16. Six people in total were rescued. The sheriff's office received a 911 call for assistance at9:20 p.m. on Steamboat Bay, where a caller reported a vehicle had gone through the ice and four people were attempting to get out. The sheriff's office and the Walker Fire Department responded to the area and located a full-size SUV that had gone through thin ice with just the rear of the vehicle exposed.
The Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce welcomes its new advisory board members. Molly Nelson, Noble Escrow and Title, will be the 2015 advisory board chair. "I am excited for the new direction of the chamber and I think as a community we can all pull together and be that extraordinary town under the bobber," Nelson said. "Let us welcome tourism and let us welcome 'buy local.' "We should all be proud to be a local.