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When I was young(er) and had done something pretty dumb, my parents would ask me one of two questions: Why I had done it? Or what I was thinking? After getting the typical "I dunno" answer, in frustration they would say, "What do you think God gave you a brain for? Use it!"

So here's my question for the ridiculous bear watchers: What do you think God gave you a brain for?

I am amazed at the traffic which, beginning Wednesday morning, continues to go by my house. Dozens of crazies drive by, cell phone in hand, to get a look at the bear. When a police car blocked the road, they pulled a u-turn, went further down the block and turned down the alley. You know who you are. You went by my house many, many times. And you are not college students, you are 30-something parents with children buckled up in car seats, middle-age businessmen and retirees.

Are you actually trying to put our public servants in danger? If the bear reacts poorly, the police will be the closest, and they risk harm to themselves or will have to destroy the bear to protect the public. Is that what you're bringing your children to see? Would this be enough "adventure" for you in town? Oh, maybe you want to see wildlife. If so, there is a zoo in Wahpeton, or you can go to the Minnesota Zoo. Or if you want to see a bear in its usual habitat, go up to the bear center in Ely. So the next time you hear about exciting news in Morris and you're going to jump in the car with the whole family to go rubber-neck, think. Will your presence help the situation? If the answer is no, then ask yourself, will your presence possibly make the situation worse? If the answer is yes, stay home! Sheesh, you people. What do you think God gave you a brain for? Use it!

Holly Johnson

Morris

Buddy Poppy helps us all

When you are asked to donate for a Buddy Poppy during the upcoming campaign in this community, do it with a big smile on your face.

Remember that it is the most grateful investment of your money you can ever make!

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Charles Leuthard Post 5039 will be distributing Buddy Poppies in the area from May 3 to May 8. VFW by-laws require that the proceeds from our distribution of Buddy Poppies must be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.

Our local Auxiliary has donated this past year to numerous organizations and Buddy Poppies proceeds have helped purchase sewing needs for our sewers who last year sewed bed throws, tote bags, laundry bags, bibs, urine bags for our local veterans and spouses at West Wind Village, St. Cloud Medical Center, and Minneapolis Veterans Home. Funds were also used for Birthday Party and Veterans Day at West Wind Village, Veterans Van Fund, Operation Uplink, and Armed Forces Center at the airport.

The poppies are assembled by needy and disabled veterans at VA hospitals who are paid for their work; the income to the State and National organizations help provide needed services to disabled veterans, their widows and orphans; the income to the Auxiliary is used entirely for aid to needy veterans and families. The wearing of the Poppy on Memorial Day symbolizes the nation's grief for its departed heroes.

You have been a very generous community in the past and we do appreciate it very much. When our Buddy Poppy Sisters visit you, we hope you will continue with that good support.

Bertha Sperr

Buddy Poppy Chairman

Helen Kill

President, Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5039

Morris

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