Letters to the editor for Dec. 28, 2012

Heroes and angels

To the Editor:

Newtown Connecticut – a name we won’t forget.

But what happened that day, we will always regret.

Innocent children were murdered in December.

It’s a horror that we’ll always remember.

Adam’s mom collected guns ‘cause shooting was a thriller.

Didn’t she know she had a son who could be a killer?

Just what was going on in his brain

To cause so many people such severe pain.

The violent perpetrator is usually a guy.

I’m very curious and want to know why.

Why did Adam hate females so?

He’s dead now so we’ll never know.

He killed his mother, 20 kids and then the six.

What happened, did he need a violent fix?

We can’t blame God for what he did

‘Cause Adam was one horribly evil and mixed-up kid.

Here today – gone tomorrow

Has just brought us extreme sorrow.

Hug and kiss your kids – tell them I love you.

Your chances to do this, could be few.

Heroes and angels were made that day.

The road to heaven is a difficult way.

Priscilla Quaday
Ham Lake

Spend more, not less

To the Editor

The national debt is a growing problem which we ought not to pass on to our children.

Let it be understood, however, that we have had a worse national debt when it is stated as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Directly after World War II the debt to GDP was 124.4 percent. In the years from 1946 to 1980 the debt rose from more than $258 billion to over $930 billion, yet as a percentage of GDP it dropped from 124.4 to 32.6 percent.

During those years we saw the largest economic growth in our nation’s history spurred by, of all things, governmental spending.

We enacted the Marshall Plan, the G.I Bill of rights. We built the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System. We built ports, dams, locks, pipelines and others. Infrastructure that provided jobs, but more importantly provided the means for private industry to be successful.

Now we hear the government spending cannot create jobs or spur economic advances. But we had a time when it did and it was successful.

No private company would build that infrastructure that resulted in that kind of economic growth. That infrastructure now needs repair, but even if it didn’t we need the stimulus provided by new government spending.

Both parties are calling for less spending and I think they are wrong.

Paul Krugmen is the author of “End This Depression Now.”

He is also a Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist, who has been right significantly more than he has been wrong.

He, too, believes that the government ought to be spending more. He believes the deficit needs to be cut but that we can cut the deficit when the economy is in fast growth mode and the depression is over.

Mel Aanerud
Ham Lake

Thank a veteran

To the Editor:

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,

in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone,

I had come down the chimney with presents to give,

and to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,

no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,

And on the wall pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,

A sobering thought came to my mind.

For this house was different, so dark and so dreary,

The home of a soldier, now I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,

curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,

not how I pictured a United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?

Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

I realized the families that I saw this night,

Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play,

and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,

because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,

on a cold Christmas eve in a land far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,

I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,

“Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice;

I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,

my life is my God, my country, my corps.”

The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep,

I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,

And we both shivered from the cold evening’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark, night,

this guardian of honor so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,

whispered, “Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.

“Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.”

This poem by Lance Cpl. James M. Schmidt was read at our December meeting by our POW/MIA chairman Joanne Meyer.

Over the Christmas holiday, let us remember our veterans and their families and all the service and sacrifices they have made so we can have freedom and enjoy the comforts of our home.

May God bless them and return them all safely to their homes.

Remember everyday is a good day to thank a veteran.

Mary Lou Michels
Sgt. John Rice VFW Blaine Ladies Auxiliary president

One person’s point of view

To the Editor:

What makes one voice more worthy to be heard than another? What makes your opinion right and mine wrong?  Why is your opinion enlightened and mine considered “hate speech?”

Why do you object if the church involves itself in the political arena but applaud when the government legislates against church doctrine? You can’t have it both ways. Do you hear me, my liberal-leaning friends?

Do you realize that when you classify a differing view as not worthy of constitutional protections, someday it may be your view that is not protected? Your voice that is silenced?

Why do you insist on diversity but cry foul when someone who is different is appointed to your pet project? Do you hear me, Bryan Lindquist foes?

Why is a Congressional filibuster a bad thing when your party is in the majority, but a good thing when it’s not? Do you realize it was designed to make sure the minority has a voice on an issue? Or doesn’t that matter, because your view is the only one that counts?  Do you hear me, former co-workers and educators?

This country was founded as a republic, with separation of powers and individual rights as the foundation. It is sliding into a democracy, where the majority makes the rules, disregarding the rule of law. That’s called mob rule.

One side of my family shed blood in the American Revolution. The other side of my family came to this country for the freedom and opportunity it provided.

Both sides worked too hard for it, for me to sit by and watch it all slide away.   Do you hear me, fellow patriots?

Why should I be quiet, when I get up every day to go to work and other people think they have a right to my earnings that I’ve worked for? I’ve sweated for? I should be quiet when other people think they’re entitled to what I’ve earned?  Do you hear me, fellow taxpayers?

Why should I be quiet when those we’ve trusted to educate our children, only meet public education standards less than 50 percent of the time?

If I produced what met standards only half the time, I’d be fired. You wouldn’t want your doctor held to that low a standard. How about your food sources? Car mechanics? Housing contractors? Airline industry? Any industry?

But yet, public education continually screams that it needs more money. It’s entitled to more money.    Do you hear me, fellow parents?

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

Sandra Kuder
Coon Rapids

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