Open Forum for week of May 23

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.


Kudos for Holding Firm

The recent Wyoming City Council meeting on May 7 was certainly interesting. The issue on the table was the funding measure for street replacement and repair. It was defeated due to not having a unanimous vote of council members. That caused quite a ruckus.

Linda Yeager was the lone ‘nay’ vote. This should not have been unexpected, given that she has consistently voted on all fiscal matters with the taxpayer in mind. In the past, Linda has been the lone voice on the council to ask the hard questions as to how the city will finance the budget, how will it affect residents and businesses, and to propose options.

She has had tremendous support from many for staying her convictions on fiscal responsibility. This recent episode is no different. There are other options to be considered. We have not heard, or read, any other plans that the council has considered except the existing city plan and the Shoreview model.

The city of Mounds View, for example, formed a committee of residents to research funding options. The group came up with an idea that has worked well for them over the years. The council needs to broaden the scope of research in this area. Sharing these ideas in town hall meetings goes a long way in informing the public, creating a feeling of involvement and trust.

Linda is confident that there is a better way to finance the project that will be more satisfactory to everyone. I agree.

Ray Johnson


Heartfelt Thanks

Thank you!

Heartfelt thanks to Maureen(?), Brian(?) and other good Samaritans who stopped to help as I suffered an episode of anaphylactic shock just off Highway 97 in Forest Lake on Saturday morning, May 11.

Thanks also to the ambulance crew and the emergency room staff at Fairview Lakes in Wyoming.

You got me the help I needed and you may have saved my life.

Don Mitchell


Giving Thanks

On May 2 Forest Lake held its 22nd National Day of Prayer event.

A special thank you to the nine area pastors and musicians. Thank you also goes to the area restaurants who provided the food and the American Legion who provided the space.

To all those who attended, it was a celebration of our faith community.

We give thanks that we can still proclaim that we are “One Nation Under God.”

Diane Rueb, Holly Payer
Co-chairs, National Day of Prayer 


Look in the Mirror

Last week a Philadelphia abortion provider, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, was found guilty of first-degree murder and manslaughter.  Three infants, victims of late-term abortions, were born alive and then died after their spinal cords were “snipped” by Gosnell or a staff member.

In 2011, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature to prohibit late-term abortions. Here in Minnesota, a D&E procedure is most commonly used for late-second- and third-trimester abortions.  This involves dilation of the cervix and then the dismembering and extraction of the fetus.

As disgusting as it is to treat babies in such a barbaric manner, it’s perfectly legal here in Minnesota.

According to the New York Times, the grand jury report in 2011 stated, “Dr. Gosnell’s patients were covered with blood-stained blankets, treated with unsterilized instruments and surrounded by cats that were allowed to defecate in the building.”

Just last year the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill to regulate abortion clinics for the health and safety of women, similar to what doctors offices and veterinary clinics have, but again, Gov. Dayton vetoed the bill.

So, before we shake our finger at the State of Pennsylvania in disgust, we ought to look at ourselves.

Mary Stolz
Forest Lake

  • Don Keitz

    Bay Drive Southeast

    In a recent visit to a friend’s house, located on Bay Drive Southeast, in Forest Lake, I have to say that I am worried about pedestrian safety in that part of town. As the only access road for dozens of households, it’s needless to say that Bay Drive Southeast has become busy. Unfortunately, many drivers do not adhere to the 20 mph signs that are posted on this street. Cars whip around a blind corner at speeds well over 40 mph, often driving well across the median into the other lane. Over the past 6 months, at least two accidents have occurred on this blind corner because drivers crossed over the median, on the blind corner. Luckily, none of the many kids who live on this street have been hurt. What’s is going to take for the city to do something? More property damage? Personal injury or death? Clearly, some residents of the Bay area can’t handle speed limits. Something needs to be done about this. The police could start patrolling more. Residents could film and record license plates of unsafe drivers. Drivers could grown up and act like responsible citizens. The city could put in a speed bump or other speed reducing item. We shouldn’t have to wait for a tragedy before the city will act.