Letters to the editor for Sept. 7, 2012

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

To the Editor:

September 11, 2012, will mark the sixth year we will be holding a Day of Remembrance for the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001. We will once again be honoring our country and the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces or as firefighters, police officers, or rescue workers.

Last year was the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the greatest nation in the world. It just seems like time has gone by so fast, but the events that took place on September 11, 2001, are still so vivid, and I, like other Americans, am still very angry.

This year, on Tuesday (the same day of the week we were attacked in 2001), September 11, a gathering will again be held from sunrise to sunset on the Main Street (242) bridge over Highway 10 in Coon Rapids.

I invite you and our country’s veterans to join members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines; patriotic Americans; local fire and police departments; rescue workers; the Patriot Guard and public officials for this Day of Remembrance.

It would be great if all patriotic Americans would take part in this honoring of our country and the men and women currently serving, as well as the innocent lives that were taken on that day. I know that it will once again be a great honor for me, and I hope it will be for each of you as well.

Remember to bring your flag! Last year we had over 100 people on the bridge and it was a great day! I was honored to be there with so many good people. I look forward to seeing the Coon Rapids Fire Department on the bridge with it’s fire trucks and the Coon Rapids Police Department with it’s squad cars.

This September 11 the Minnesota Red Cross Bloodmobile will again be in the Lowe’s parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Lowe’s is at the southeast corner of Highway 10 and Main Street). If you would be willing to donate blood, please contact me at 763-427-4667 (home) or 612-250-4926 (cell) to set up your appointment. If you leave a message, I need your name, phone number with area code, 2 to 3 possible donation times between 8 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. and the best time to call you. Please speak clearly.

Last year we also had a 9/11 program at the Coon Rapids High School football stadium, with approximately 3,000 people who came together in the 90-degree heat to honor the 9/11 victims and our country, as well as those currently serving. I believe this gathering was one of the largest in the United States! You could see that those attending were moved and you could also feel their emotions. In some ways it was a somber event, but it was also uplifting.

Special thanks to all those who made the 10th anniversary such a memorable day: The 9/11 Committee of Ken Boelter, Coon Rapids Fire Department; Pam Christopherson, Red Cross; Adam Hanson; Dan Hanson; Tim Howe, Coon Rapids mayor; Mike King, Coon Rapids VFW; Kevin Koerber, Patriot Guard; Stan Kowalski, WWII veteran; Eric Marsh and Mike Chaput with CHAPPS Productions; former Rep. Jerry Newton; John Piper, Coon Rapids Fire Department; Bryan Platz, Coon Rapids Police Department; Joyce Ulmer; Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West; and Lance Wetzel of Lowe’s.

I would like to thank and acknowledge our honored speakers and participants in the program: Tim Howe, master of ceremonies; the multi-service Honor Guard; American Heritage Pipes and Drums; Elissa Roessier, who sang our National Anthem; the 934th Air Wing for the C-130 flyover; Stan Kowalski and his Angel Brigade; James Stuart, Anoka County Sheriff; Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State; Clark Peterson, Oklahoma City bombing survivor; Eric Aamoth, whose brother died at the World Trade Center; Tom Thomberg, president of Minnesota Firefighters; John Piper, Coon Rapids Fire Chief; and the Coon Rapids High School Band and Choir,

Thank you to Peter Bodley, ABC Newspapers, for his excellent newspaper articles and Michelle Kluntz from ECM Printing for the wonderful programs that they donated. Thank you to Anoka-Hennepin School District for the use of the football stadium and thanks to all the people who donated money for the four T6s that flew over the County Road 14 bridge at 6 p.m. by Aero, Inc.

Let me not forget all of the generous people and merchants in the area who brought food, water, and pop for those on the bridge. Thank you all so much!

And, thank you God for sending our country’s majestic symbol – a bald eagle. That magnificent and beautiful bald eagle flew over the stadium for most of the time we were gathered there.

I am hoping for a great turnout this year on Tuesday, September 11, and look forward to seeing you on the bridge. Let us remember that freedom is never free. Too many brave men and women have sacrificed their lives for our freedom since 1776.

We, as Americans, continue to be saddened by the loss of loved ones and those we don’t even know – those who have sacrificed their lives for us.

God bless America and God bless all those in the armed forces who keep us safe, whether they are fighting on foreign soil or protecting us here at home.

Never forget – freedom is not free.

Daniel Hanson
Event coordinator


District 15 voting issues

To the Editor:

The article in the Union “District 15 board revisits renewing SEE membership should have finished with the word “wrongly.”

Robert’s Rules of Order, supposedly followed by ISD 15, says that any item on which a vote has been taken cannot be revisited unless a person that voted on the winning side asks that it be brought up again because he/she has second thoughts.

No ruling body, federal, state, county or city, has the “unless someone who was not at the meeting wants to bring it back.” Only ISD 15 has that caveat. I wonder what else Ms. Glover wants to redo.

If a vote goes against what the superintendent wants, the HR person comes up with “rules” that let them do it.

In this instance, he found a rule that does not apply in this particular instance. He’s done it before and will do it again unless stopped.

Both Saxton and Lindberg have undercut the authority of the School Board. Both dislike Ms. Van Denbergh because she does not give in to pressure from them.

Ms. Van Denbergh believes it is her duty to do what is right and not what management wants.

She checks facts. She is honest and has integrity. She feels it is her responsibility to represent the people, all of the people.

At the Aug. 27 meeting, school board member Glover attempted to remove Ms. Van Denbergh as chairperson. Ms. Glover had given no specific reasons for this move other than she “felt that Ms. Van Denbergh does not work well with others.”

The Minnesota School Board Association rule she is using says that any member being removed from the board must be given written notice in advance of the action and the specific reasons behind it.

All Marsha received was a copy of the agenda which had as the last item “removal of Van Denbergh from chairperson position.”

Ms. Glover is a newly elected member who, in the past, has contributed nothing to meetings, except as noted in paragraph two above.

Bottom line, Saxton and Lindberg have to go. We need people in management positions who want the best for the district, the community and the kids.

Not power hungry people who spend district money to feed their egos and deny the authority of the elected board members.

Maureen Ness
St. Francis


Repeal prepay ordinance

To the Editor:

I would like to strongly encourage serious consideration for printing any or all of the correspondence copied below. I would hope it would make a nice editorial or comment piece.

While my treatment of the Coon Rapids Police Department may seem harsh, it is important to note that it was its efforts and initiative responsible for the passing of this law.

“Mr. Mayor:

“The new law that went into effect on August 1 of this year that requires customers to prepay for their gasoline purchases, thus effectively prohibiting them from receiving the service they may prefer, is in serious need of further reflection and consideration.

“In order to receive service that allows a customer this freedom of choice, all that is required, is to cross over to the other side of University Avenue and make the purchase in Blaine or pay a visit to a convenience store in Mounds View. So, I no longer have my convenience store needs met in Coon Rapids. How does this benefit our city?

“The only ones who do benefit from this law is a lazy and ineffective police department. I trust that the Coon Rapids Police Department does not has the same stranglehold on the city council as other powerful entities have on our other branches of government?

“What are always lost in these indiscretions is the common good which ultimately leads to placing greater hardships on those you have a responsibility to represent.

“Is this the only method that the council could devise to deal with drive-off gasoline thefts? One would hope that the city council has more creative and imaginative minds not to mention greater wisdom and common sense than what you are currently displaying.

“Repeal this law.

Philip J. Malat
Coon Rapids

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