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PIONEER EDITORIAL: Neighbors helping neighbors
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Keep quiet zone idea on front burner
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Power company workers were heroes
Joe Vene: Setting the record straight on school road project
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Developments for the developers
April 12, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reasserting our identity in this community
I would like to commend all who stood up in response to the Ralphie May incident, native and non-native alike. The Bemidji City Council was instrumental in responding to the power and will of their constituents. This wasn’t a decision made by any one politician or civilian; it was...
April 12, 2016 - 12:22am
April 9, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Saving people from themselves is scary
Thank goodness that Big Brother, in the form of the Bemidji City Council, swooped in to save all those naïve people who spent their money on Ralphie May tickets. I guess free speech in Bemidji is only free if no one is offended. So who or what is next? The council might look to Cuba,...
April 9, 2016 - 11:36pm
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Invest some of surplus in state’s businesses
Minnesota businesses have some of the highest business property tax burdens in the United States. One reason -- an extra property tax, paid just by businesses (and cabins) that goes to the state general fund. This tax accounts for nearly one-third of a business property tax bill —...
April 9, 2016 - 11:31pm
April 8, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City was wrong to censor comedy act
Comrade Nate Mathews, probably at the direction of the good comrades of the Bemidji City Council, has decreed that the proletariat of Bemidji must be protected from shock comic Ralphie May. They have blacklisted Mr. May. This is censorship. This act is condescending and paternalistic...
April 8, 2016 - 7:45pm
April 7, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City was right to cancel comedy show
I applaud Nate Mathews for his intention to cancel Ralphie May’s show. In addition to his derogatory comments about American Indians, he describes himself as a dirty, filthy animal. He states he likes being a dirty comic and that his mentor was someone who he refers to as the dirtiest...
April 7, 2016 - 8:45pm
April 4, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medication rules should be stricter
Who hasn’t taken a prescription in their lifetime? Who reads the leaflet provided by your pharmacy stating the side effects and possible reactions of the medications you are receiving? Prescriptions can save lives, but they can also come with unwanted side effects, and even death....
April 4, 2016 - 11:44pm
April 1, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Commissioners support Enbridge projects
Dear Gov. Dayton: We are county commissioners from counties along the Enbridge mainline system and the Sandpiper Pipeline and Line 3 Replacement Project routes in northern Minnesota. We requested a meeting with you several weeks ago in the hope of sharing our support for these projects...
April 1, 2016 - 10:36pm
March 16, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The United States is in desperate need of a CEO
Please contact people whom you think may be qualified for the following position: Help wanted. Desperately needed CEO. Successful applicant should possess: ● Ability to listen to competing arguments before reaching a decision. ● Ability to respect and occasionally defer to others....
March 16, 2016 - 11:53pm
March 14, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Northwoods Habitat is a shining star
Northwoods Habitat for Humanity is a star within Bemidji. Bemidji shines when it comes to community service, and Northwoods Habitat is one of those shining stars. Why? Habitat assists families who are gainfully employed, currently renting, but are unable to acquire a home loan due...
March 14, 2016 - 10:29pm
March 11, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop mandatory boat, trailer inspections
I am a conservationist and promote the wise use of natural resources. I came up to northern Minnesota in the mid-1970s to go the college at BSU. I majored in biology and enjoyed the vast public lands that the Bemidji area offered. I learned to respect and manage the natural resources...
March 11, 2016 - 6:36pm
March 9, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lumberjacks are true hockey champions
Last week I was fortunate to attend yet another Minnesota state high school hockey tournament. Eight teams all dreaming of “winning” the state tournament. Just getting there (winning the sectional title) is a significant accomplishment, not achieved without exceptional talent,...
March 9, 2016 - 6:00pm
March 8, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal state tax on Social Security income
I did a quick Google search to determine what states taxed Social Security income benefits. According to Kiplinger.com, Minnesota is in the top 10 least friendly states for retirees. Minnesota is just one of a handful that still tax their seniors’ Social Security income. I believe...
March 8, 2016 - 12:05am
March 5, 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We stand with those who have no voice
The third Saturday of each month a group from St. Philip’s Church gathers in front of the Planned Parenthood office on Hannah Avenue to pray. We pray for the women and men who feel they have no choice but to use the services provided there. One service provided is the referral...
March 5, 2016 - 11:24pm
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We need to replace caucuses with primary
Minnesota will have 93 votes (delegates) to assist in the final determination at the DFL National Convention. Here is the clincher: Only 77 of the 93 delegates will have to vote in the same proportion as occurred at the caucuses. The other 16 (almost 20 percent) are referred to as...
March 5, 2016 - 11:19pm
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Facing the many challenges of MS
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, for which there is no cure. MS disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three...
March 5, 2016 - 11:11pm