Open Forum for week of Nov. 15

EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters will be accepted for the Open Forum for publication in the next available issue after receipt. Letters may be sent to Forest Lake Times, 880 SW 15th St., Forest Lake, or by e-mail to [email protected] Letters should not exceed 250 words and must be signed with the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Deadline is noon Monday. The newspaper reserves the right to edit letters and assure that rules of libel and good taste are not violated.


A Noteworthy Show

A delightful performance with many memorable moments in the production of Forest Lake Area High School’s performance of “High School Musical.” Went to see it twice and heard laughter and saw grinning faces.

After attending the performances I read the reviews and noticed many good things shared about the specific actors in the musical with one notable exception. Jarod Bowers, who played the part of Jack Scott, also deserves recognition for his outstanding performance. He added a great deal, and while each time he appeared on stage we knew that he would say something to laugh at, we never knew exactly what.

Thank you all for great performances.

Karen Carlson
Center City


Rewarding Work

I thought Mary Bailey’s article, ‘High School Musical…Coming to Forest Lake High School,’ showed the atmosphere of a high school musical very well.

I myself attend Forest Lake High School and have been involved in theater, so I know what it takes to put on an entire production. It’s a lot of hard – but rewarding – work, and you can tell the actors are working very hard practicing their acting, singing and dancing to put on a spectacular production.

I hope Calvin Waddle’s story about regretting not joining the drama department until senior year encourages younger students to get involved in the high school’s program. I would join myself, but I am very busy and don’t have the time.

I am looking forward to attending the musical and watching my friend, Zach Marleau, who plays Chad Danforth, portray his inner-basketball superstar on that stage.

I hope the rest of Forest Lake comes out to view the musical and support the high school theater program.

Mia Leeson
Forest Lake


An Inspired Fan

I just loved the ‘High School Musical…Coming to Forest Lake’ article by Mary Bailey. It’s so neat how just one school can put all that effort into a play and make it look like a Broadway production.

I loved the part where they talked about how involved Ryan and Molly are with school plays. It’s wonderful seeing students participate in extra activities – maybe I will help with the spring play!

Jordan Kohs
Forest Lake


Wrong Game Plan

The Forest Lake football team completed a season which can best be described as embarrassing. They finished 0-9 and were out of most games by halftime.

I don’t hold the players responsible as it appeared they gave what they had.  I don’t necessarily hold the coaches responsible, even though they appeared overwhelmed. I do hold Principal Steve Massey and Activities Director Joel Olson responsible.

Several years ago, Forest Lake hired Matt Cleary, who had won a state title at a small school in Wisconsin. That hire didn’t work out too well.

After a year with an interim coach, they were again looking. This time they hired Billy Kirch, who had won state at the 9-man level in South Dakota.

Mr. Massey and Mr. Olson sought a coach who had ties to the community, could retain current players, and could recruit new players. Unfortunately, many players saw what the season would look like and opted not to play.

There is a coach residing in our community who coaches at a successful high school, volunteered as a youth coach in Forest Lake and has the respect of parents and kids. I guess he didn’t meet the criteria of winning a small-school, outstate title.

I certainly hope the program rebounds. I realize this is just year one of a new coach, but I feel the hiring formula is flawed.

I’m sure that if we win 1-2 games next year it will seem like a success, but for a school of this size, that is sad.

Sean Hanson
Forest Lake


Drawing a Crowd

Thanks to the many volunteer donors, callers and workers, the most recent Forest Lake Community Blood Drive, held in October at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, was a tremendous success!

Our goal, based on past performance, had been set by the American Red Cross at 182 units. Thanks to the good folks of Forest Lake and surrounding communities, 235 units were collected, far exceeding collections in recent memory.

We are extremely grateful not only to volunteers, but also to St. Peter’s Church and school staff for welcoming us and helping in set up and clean up.

We look forward to another successful drive in January.

Donna Mathias
FL Community Blood Drive Volunteer Coordinator


Not So Free

On Nov. 6, two girls sitting behind an acquaintance of mine in her college lecture hall were discussing who to vote for. Neither the economy, nor national debt were on the docket of debate.  What was? Birth control.

Yep, both girls decided to vote for President Obama because he was going to give them “free birth control.”

Let’s look at what else these young coeds might get for free along with their birth control and subsequent “sexual freedom.” The World Health Organization, in 2005, stated that combined hormonal oral contraceptives “are carcinogenic to humans.”

According to a study in 2006 entitled “Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer: a Meta-analysis”, women who use hormonal contraceptives before their first child are at a “44-percent increased risk of breast cancer.”

Dolle in 2009 found if a young woman starts using hormonal contraceptives before she is 18, there’s a “370-percent increased risk for triple-negative breast cancer.” This aggressive form of breast cancer accounts for 10-17 percent of all cases.

There are over 9 million new sexually transmitted infections each year in young people 15-24.  Over 75 percent of people with chlamydia, a bacterial infection, show no symptoms. Consequently, pelvic inflammatory disease happens in up to 40 percent of women with untreated chlamydia, and one of the complications of this disease can be infertility.

The list sadly goes on and on. Just maybe the free birth control in Obama’s health care plan isn’t so free after all.

Mary Stolz
Forest Lake


Still in Denial

After reading the FLT article listing reasons from state Republicans on why they lost in 2012, it is clear they are still living in denial.

When the GOP roared into power in the state house and senate in the 2010 elections their mantra was jobs, jobs, jobs, Instead they spent most of their legislative time working on constitutional amendments concerning social issues.

Along with these ill-advised adventures on the amendments we also got a huge increase in our property taxes and they borrowed a couple billion dollars to do a so-called balancing of the budget (try that scam on your banker).

The Republican sex scandals and not paying their bills led to the thought that not only was the state Republican Party financially bankrupt but morally bankrupt also.

Minnesotans see through all this no-compromise, partisan baloney and switched gears and voted them out and their amendments down. This should have been of no surprise to the Republican Party; they did it to themselves and as we all know, you reap what you sow.

Max Anderson