Open Forum for week of July 25

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.


Protest the Protest

The Westboro Baptist Church … Does the name ring a bell? Yep! That’s right! It’s the church group that spreads hatred against the U.S. military, LGBT Americans and everybody else who does not belong to their church.

On Aug. 1, from 11:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m., members of the Westboro Baptist Church will be on the front steps of the State Capitol to protest against the same-sex marriage bill that passed during the 2013 Legislative session.

I was proud to be there during the bill’s signing by Governor Mark Dayton.

The Westboro Baptist Church has called Minnesotans “the most evil people ever to populate the Earth.”

I call on citizens to organize and create a counter-protest against this group that spreads their anti-American rhetoric.

Maxwell C. Hall
Forest Lake


Candidate Questions

I see Stewart Mills III of Mills Fleet Farm is going to run against Congressman Rick Nolan in the 8th District next year.

I wonder how much thought the Mills family has put into this race, when Stewart Mills III makes statements like, “the hurdles, the barriers and the handicaps that are placed on us in job creation through government” and predicts that the health care situation would be an “even bigger train wreck” in the future because of Obamacare.

With these statements, he’s putting the family business right in the mix. How can he talk about hurdles when Mills Fleet Farm has gotten millions of dollars in government hand-outs in the form of TIF districts for construction of new stores and tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds for new stores?

The question then becomes: Why would Obamacare affect Mills Fleet Farm? If they provide health insurance for their 6,000 employees there should not be any changes. If they don’t provide insurance, why not? These are all legitimate questions for a company now in the spotlight and under a microscope.

I imagine their wages, benefits and health insurance will all be open for questions, especially when Stewart is in charge of them.

It is really too bad. I used to like Mills Fleet Farm.

Michael Madden
North Chisago Lake Township


A Cool Donation

Bruce’s Foods in Wyoming loaned a freezer and the Dairy Queens in Forest Lake and Wyoming plus Cotton Candy Ice Cream shop in Center City donated ice cream to a team in the Chisago County Relay for Life this year.

The partnership of these four businesses helped make the 2013 American Cancer Society’s event at the Almelund Threshing Grounds on July 19 a great success.

A big thank you goes out to them from the Butterflies of Hope Relay Team members: Martha Arnold, Karen Wolner, Theresa Casey Wolf, Sarah Rhoda, Cheryl Koch and Roxy McGill.

Martha Arnold
North Branch