Nancy Vogt, Editor
Wow. What a difference a week or two makes. Diehard Opinion page readers noticed the influx of letters to the editor in the Echo Journal the past few weeks, the vast majority of which endorsed local political candidates for various offices. We had letters expressing support for specific city council and mayoral candidates in Pequot Lakes, Crosslake and Lake Shore, as well as identified Pequot Lakes School Board contenders.
Let me get right to the point. We love receiving your letters to the editor, all the time. We do have guidelines, including word limits. For our regular letters to the editor, our policy allows letters that are 300 words or less. Now that the campaign season is in full swing for the Nov. 6 general election, we are starting to receive candidate endorsement letters. We welcome those too, and we have guidelines for them as well. Endorsement letters are limited to 150 words or less, and our letter writers are allowed one endorsement letter per candidate.
It's time. After a few cooler nights with the windows open, my husband and I reluctantly decided it's time to trade in the lighter comforter for the warmer down comforter. (Insert a heavy sigh here.) We haven't done it yet. But just considering it makes me a bit sad. Summer used to be the season I dreaded most. That was back when we didn't have air conditioning in the house. That was back when I had young children and welcomed the return to routine that came with fall. That was back when I was younger.
We're having a summer picnic and you're invited! Please come visit us between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Echo Journal office on West Lake Street in Pequot Lakes. We're right behind the Oasis Center/Dairy Queen, near Pequot Lakes School. This is our annual customer appreciation open house. We'll serve you complimentary hot dogs, chips and beverage. All you have to do is show up! We'd love to chat with you and find out what you love about the Echo Journal and what you think we could do better. Or just come to meet us.
That phrase - Life's journey begins and ends with family - is front and center in my kids' scrapbooks. I'm not sure where it came from - a book of quotes and phrases we scrapbookers use, I believe - so I can't attribute it. But I truly believe in the phrase. My scrapbooks are filled with other family phrases I just love: • A family is a gift that lasts forever. • Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. (Anthony Brandt) • Families are forever. • Time changes everything, but one thing remains - family.
I may be a fairweather Minnesota fisherwoman, but count me in as one of the 1.4 million licensed anglers in the state. I'm no diehard angler by any means. I don't mind getting up at the crack of dawn, but not to go fishing. If it's pouring rain, windy or cold, I'd rather stay home. But if the sun is shining, wind is calm and temperature is pleasant, I'm happy to go out on the boat for a few hours to cast a line.
Something I do love about Facebook is all the inspirational quotes and words of encouragement I run across every time I scroll through my feed. Depending on my mood, I find one that I can totally identify with every time. I recently saved this one: "When you allow a person's words to upset you, you're giving away your power - Dr. Phil." That's fitting for my profession, because sometimes we print something someone doesn't particularly like, and we might hear from that person. Sometimes we make mistakes, and we graciously own up to them and correct them.
Who will be the first Business of the Year in the greater Pequot Lakes area? It could be your business, if it meets a couple of simple criteria: Your business must be a Pequot Lakes Chamber member, and it must be in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point or Jenkins area. If your business is eligible, or if you know an outstanding business that meets the criteria, what are you waiting for? Who doesn't want to be singled out and recognized for industry and community leadership?
Every resident of the Brainerd School District - that includes most families in the Nisswa and Lake Shore areas - listen up. You have a school bond referendum vote coming up Tuesday, April 10. You should go to the polls that day to make an informed choice on whether the school district should issue bonds to pay for improvements to all of the district's school buildings.
"No lies. Know truth. Subscribe to newspapers." "Stronger the press, stronger the people." "Newspapers strive to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. We fear no one." - Editor & Publisher magazine I was unable to attend this month's Pequot Lakes City Council meeting, but I did listen to a recording of the meeting. I had heard that city business owners would attend to ask the council about plans for Trailside Park development.