Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I have decided to be "silent" no longer. How did out Christian country get where it is today? November 3 will decide our constitutional right to the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Most religions believe in the Ten Commandments. The fifth Commandment is "Thou Shalt not Kill".
So how can people of faith vote for a party/candidate whose platform includes abortion, even after birth? Two states have passed a law that after the birth of their baby, a mother can decide whether that baby can live or die. The lawmakers in those states cheered loudly when the law was passed. There is no denying that the baby is a life. No woman would get an abortion if they did not believe it was a life.
I am a lifelong member of St. Edward's parish in Minneota. In 1975, our parish priest, Reverend Father Leo Goblirsch was our pastor. He spoke about the evils of abortion often. At that time, he informed me that euthanasia would follow. I had not ever heard of euthanasia before. He explained to me that it was the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable disease.
On Sunday, April 6, 1975, Father in his homily, informed the parish that he had been receiving complaints (via telephone calls, letters, etc. from parishioners) about his sermons on abortion. His sermons included his strong belief that when he died, the Lord would ask him what he did to prevent abortions.
That same Sunday afternoon, Father Leo Goblirsch passed away, while working on his car in his garage. What greeting do you think Father received when he met Jesus? What kind of a greeting will you expect when you die?
In the United States of America there are approximately 3,000 abortions performed daily. When you do not vote Pro-Life, you have a hand in each one.
We have a president who has done more for pro-life than any other president in American history. What is more important than the life of a baby?
Vote pro-life.

Judy Bot
Minneota, MN

To the Editor:

The Veterans Restorative Justice Act came up for a vote in the most recent special session of the Minnesota Legislature. The bipartisan bill, which had support from a number of national veteran’s organizations, would have expanded veteran’s courts throughout Greater Minnesota. It also would create alternative sentencing options for veterans with service-connected mental health conditions who commit lower-level crimes.
Every single Minnesota Senator voted to pass this. It passed in the Minnesota Senate 67-0. Everyone agreed this a good idea. It went to the House and looked like they were finally going get some things done. But then at the last minute, House Republicans decided to play games and added amendments to the bill. Without enough time to read through the amendments, the bill died when the special session ended.
This was politics at its worst. What role did Chris Swedzinski play in this? We don’t know because he hasn’t commented on it. He needs to be held accountable for all the times he has contributed to the gridlock in St. Paul.
Let’s elect folks who are transparent. Please vote for Doria Drost for our next Representative.

Abbie Menze
Marshall, MN

To the Editor:

Reasons why conservative young people can trust Congressman Collin Peterson for another two years:
In March, 2010, Collin was the only Minnesota Democrat to vote “nay” on the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”. True, we need health care legislation, but it must be done correctly.
In February, 2019, Collin was one of only two Democrats to vote “nay” on major gun control legislation. Peterson stands by the second amendment.
In the 2010s, Collin was one of only three “Pro Life” Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 2019, on the impeachment issue of President Donald J. Trump, Peterson had a quarter of “nay” votes: Impeachment Inquiry, the two Articles of Impeachment, and sending the Impeachment Articles over to the U.S. Senate.
On the issue of Washington, D.C. becoming a state, Collin was the only Democrat to vote “nay.”
For many years, Collin Peterson has been either chairman or the ranking Democrat of the House of Agriculture Committee. Our District 7 of Minnesota has the highest number of farms and farmers among all 435 Congressional Districts nationwide. The district is tailor-made for Peterson; thus Collin has much “push and pull” for his rural community.
Collin’s ears have been open wide for constituents. His opinions and voting records show it.
In closing, as a pro-Amtrak Republican, I endorse the re-election of Collin Peterson (D-MN 7th District) on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Collin favors the preservation, improvement, and expansion of Amtrak railroad passenger service. Amtrak is vital in connecting big city American to small town America.

Merlin L. Marlowe
Fairfax, MN

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