Open Forum for week of Feb. 14

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.


Money Well-Spent

As a tax-paying Forest Lake resident, I try to stay on top of the goings-on – not because I’m for or against elected officials, but to know what they are doing with my tax dollars.

This lawsuit against the city and our elected officials is very short-sighted and detrimental to the city’s health and long-term wealth.

The city is accused of underhandedly planning and funding the Northland Mall project. I have heard nothing to make me think our mayor, half the City Council, and the EDA have taken advantage of residents.

I believe it is the opposite. They have done everything in the open and held countless meetings on the project and how to tackle the space problem of our city and emergency services.

As for a referendum, this city already had one: the election. Anyone who has done any reading knew what each candidate was bringing to the table. I used their stances on this project as basis for my votes. I believe that’s why Mayor Johnson was re-elected by the majority of residents, which by my figuring was more than the 1000 petition signees.

I believe our mayor takes his job very seriously. He attended the Hardwood Creek Trail proposal meeting just to listen. I like that my mayor and some on the council are concerned with growth and renewal.

This project will fix areas that have long needed upgrades.

I hate taxes and increases, but if this project means I pay a little more, I see this as worth the money.

Kenneth Miller
Forest Lake


Worried About Mine

Each month I read with increasing worry and frustration about the progress of the proposed Zavoral Mine in Scandia.

As a resident of Forest Lake, I have as many concerns as the Scandia folks have expressed at their town meetings. My house is very near Highway 97, which is, of course, the main artery to anywhere.

On any given day, Monday through Friday, the wait to pull out on the Highway going west is dangerous at best, and the wait for the smelly and speeding truck traffic makes it worse.

I am really concerned when the mine is in operation, will we be able to leave our neighborhood for fear of getting hit making the turn left?

How many more dump and belly dump trucks are we expecting in a working day? As a homeowner who sees the decreasing value of her house, what does a working mine in the area do to our values and taxes?

Anyone else have these thoughts?

Jeanne Caine
Forest Lake


Volunteerism Matters

Volunteering, I believe, is essential for the furtherance of a successful democratic nation. We in this great country have the ability to gather coalitions together and stand up for the beliefs we hold near and dear to ourselves. We should all participate in some sort of volunteering organization, such as a non-profit collaborative effort.

To live in a free and equal society, we must be willing to challenge the status quo when needed. You can make a significant change, if you are willing to fight for that change. Mrs. Heidi Link, Psychology and History teacher from Forest Lake Senior High School, cites Mahatma Ghandi’s inspirational quote “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

You can be that change. Don’t live for the status quo; live your life to the fullest potential possible, while helping others in the meantime.

When you volunteer, you stand up for something bigger than just yourself. To fight for that is the reason why the American spirit can be sustained even in the most troubling times in our society.

Maxwell Hall
Forest Lake