Have you ever tried to find a parking space in downtown Willmar? It's a joke, isn't it? The city of Willmar had better pay attention if they want the downtown to prosper. I know of three or four buildings downtown that are vacant, or will become vacant soon. I say we bulldoze them and put in parking ramps. Why not? There are more businesses in downtown Willmar than there are at the Kandi Mall. The only reason the malls are full is because they have adequate parking.
Almost everyone agrees that crude oil is a finite resource that will some day run out. Lately I have learned that a number of independent oil geologists believe that oil production will soon peak, and then go into a slow decline, bringing shortages long before that final day. Increased drilling and exploration will help a little, but not much. The catch phrase for this is "peak oil." I've also read a number of articles describing how our modern life is heavily dependent on petroleum. When oil production goes into decline, so will our standard of living.
The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled the trigger Thursday night on a major trade sending forward Wally Szcerbiak to the Boston Celtics. The trade was a desperate effort to change the team's slumping performance by becoming more athletic and aggressively defensive. In addition to Szcerbiak, the Wolves' trade included center Michael Olowokandi, center Dwayne Jones and a future first-round draft choice.
The issues of taxes and fees will likely be one of the issues of the governor's race this year. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proud of his effort to not raise any state taxes during his first term. In fact, it was a stand that played a major role in various issues before the Legislature as anything with the "T" word wouldn't clear the governor's office. The governor deserves credit for maintaining his "no-tax" position which he had taken. He was a politician of his word. However, in his quest for "no new taxes," Pawlenty was not completely honest with Minnesotans.
This has been the best December and January cross-country skiing since my start in skiing in Willmar in 1974. Frosty trail (golf course), Prairie Woods, Sibley -- perfect. Don Fisher Willmar
Please don't forget about my friends. Over eight weeks have passed since four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams were kidnapped in Baghdad (one American, two Canadians, and one Briton). As a friend and colleague of the missing CPTers, I remain concerned for well-being. On their behalf, I continue to speak about why Tom, Jim, Harmeet and Norman and other members of CPT are in Iraq. CPT has been in Iraq since October 2002, first reporting on the effects of sanctions and trying to prevent the war.
WASHINGTON -- In 1786 the Annapolis Convention, requested by Virginia and attended by only four other states, called for a second gathering to revise the Articles of Confederation in order to strengthen the federal government. Some revision: The second meeting became the Constitutional Convention. It scrapped the Articles, partly because the Founders were alarmed by states legislating relief of debtors at the expense of creditors, often in ways not easily distinguished from theft. Something not easily distinguished from theft recently occurred in Annapolis.
The charm of businessmen in general is not only that they lack irony, but because they took business courses in college, they lack basic knowledge. That explains why they unknowingly suggest Anatole France, who in 1894 wrote, "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." In somewhat less literary language, Microsoft has just said the same thing. The speaker of this unintended echo of Anatole France was Brooke Richardson, a group product manager (whatever that is) for Microsoft.
I read with interest the letter from Ed Mickelson (Public Forum, Dec. 21). I agree the ACGC School Board and administrators are responsible for the financial condition of our school, but the public is responsible for making the money available for them. I wonder how many people who voted against the referendum went to the meetings to find out the obstacles they are against. It is said that we have lower enrollment, so we need less money. This may be true, but we are supposed to keep class sizes low and all the students who leave are not from one age group.
The Kandiyohi County Board and County Administrator Wayne Thompson made a serious error in judgment in deciding to choose the next county administrator without having any public discussion. Our concern at this point is the method of selection, not the person selected -- we hope Family Services Director Larry Kleindl is successful if he becomes administrator.