Letters to the Editor for Jan. 13

Proud to be part of Coon Rapids

To the Editor:

To the residents of Coon Rapids, as I write this letter, there are so many clichés I could use, but none of them fully express the gratitude I feel towards you. I am so very humbled and thankful that you entrusted me over the past 18 years to help you run this city. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed it all.

We are a unique community and I am blessed to be a part of it. There is a fierce loyalty towards our city, rooted in deep traditions and history. People are passionate about making this a better place to live and work. That is something I saw every day and it makes me so proud to be a part of it. I urge you all to stay active, get involved, and pass that loyalty on to our next generations.

I know that our new council members are excited to serve and they will do a great job at moving us forward. I want to thank them for giving their time to this service.

I am excited to move on to the next chapter of my life. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family who have given me so much support over the years. I would not have been able to do this without them.

Thank you for all your support. You have made my life richer. May God bless each of you.

Denise Klint
Council Member

Promoting transgenderism is harmful to children

To the Editor:

There is a growing concern regarding the promotion of transgenderism in public schools around the country. In Alaska, elementary children are being targeted and encouraged to choose their own gender from a never-ending spectrum of choices — instead of the “rigid box” of male and female. This kind of teaching is harmful to children and can have life-long negative consequences.

Almost one year ago Anoka- Hennepin District 11 teachers were required to take the transgender training that was taught via a DVD program by Robin McHaelen. Robin McHaelen is a gender activist from Connecticut who promotes the normalization of all sexual lifestyles. Her message is one that is based on fantasy, not fact, and has no place in the public school system.

A few years ago McHaelen received the Upstander Award from the Human Rights Campaign — the radical, national LGBT organization. During her acceptance speech she verbally listed the following as types of gender choices:

“Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Same Gender Loving, Pansexual, Flexual, Not Straight, Not Labeling, Straightish, Straight So Far, Straight with Obstacles, Straight But Stuff Happens, Gender Bending, Bigender, pangender, Agender, Asexual, and ‘other’…so many options…”

McHaelen urges schools to change the language, the culture and policies. As a result of her message, many more children are becoming confused about their gender.

Canadian Mark Zucker — from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto — conducted a study that revealed the harm done by transgender promotion in the schools. He discovered that transgenderism was more prominent and persistent among children when it was promoted by adults.

The separation of sex from gender is emotionally dangerous for children and is harmful to society. It can lead to a lifetime of toxic cross-sex hormones and unnecessary surgical mutilation of healthy body parts.

We must encourage our teachers to oppose transgender ideology and stand up to the few who are promoting this.

Barb Anderson
Champlin

Sanctuary from what?

To the Editor:

The idea of sanctuary cities goes back to Biblical times. If someone was thought to have committed a crime in one city, he could flee to a designated city in the area. In those days it was commonly accepted that the family of the victim could extract their own justice immediately. An “eye for an eye” approach. The basic idea was to protect the suspect from vigilantes in the city where the crime was committed, until a fair trial could be held.

Today there is no need whatsoever for sanctuary cities. The judicial system is designed to protect the innocent until proven guilty.

However, mayors in a lot of the larger cities, mostly Democrats, put on their spin, that somehow they are keeping the families together. Based on that thinking, I can commit a crime in one city, go and take my family to a sanctuary city and be immune to prosecution, because that city wouldn’t break up my family. This makes absolutely no sense. This only results in chaos and a lawless environment.

The security of the federal borders of our country is the responsibility of the federal government and not the city government. People convicted of a crime have to be incarcerated and if they are illegal immigrants sent back permanently to their country of origin.

Gene Hodel
Oak Grove

Wake up America

To the Editor:

Last week’s article (opinion column by Joe Nathan) urging the U of M to fire its football coach made me think why are people getting behind a petition to fire coach Tracy Claeys.

Where were they during this past election, with Donald Trump’s comments of women, minorities, disabled people and the list can go on.

Nancy Bitenc said, “I’m doing this for my 9-year-old because I want coaches and players to be models for others.”

Do we want Donald Trump to be a model for our kids. His actions are completely unacceptable. The U of M cares about integrity and its own reputation.

What about America’s integrity and reputation? Americans have fallen asleep and I hope someone wakes up!

JoAnn Dahler
Blaine

Everyone deserves access to affordable health care

To the Editor:

Why is the cart before the horse? Roughly 20 million Americans have medical insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. It is a puzzle why some people want to call this a failure. As with most things it is now easy to see how the ACA can be improved. When Henry Ford built the Model T it was started with a hand crank. The possibility of an electric starter in the future did not make the Model T “bad” or require they be immediately sent to the scrap heap.

All our citizens should have access to good health care without risking bankruptcy. Let us improve our health insurance options. Design a better plan, let it be fully reviewed by the public, then replace the ACA with something better.

Lets not put the cart in front of the horse.

Mark Brakke, MD
Coon Rapids

  • tom

    Praise be to Michelle Bachmann and the rest of the Republican’s who want to take healthcare away from millions of people, all for the rich guys and girls, and I’m sure they are cutting in the name of their God. Money. Republican’s pretend morals run their lives when in fact we know greed and phony morals do.
    For proof, look at their new leader, Trump. Mr Morals is now in charge of our country. OMG. What will you do Anoka County? Praise tax cuts for the wealthy!! Praise Trumps cabinet, which has more wealth than 47,000,000 Americans!!! Glory!!! Give em another tax cut. Let the needy sleep in the ditches and eat dirt cuz that’s what your God tells you to do with the needy, right? Glory to the rich!!!!
    In a few years people with common sense, without their heads in the clouds, will once again TAKE TO REPAIRING REPUBLICAN DAMAGE to our country. That’s if Trump doesn’t bomb us into a nuclear war. If he does, all that money would go up in smoke. Bummer. Bummer for your, God, Republican’s, the “God of MONEY.”
    Ok now, get high upon your pedestal and lambast me for speaking the truth. PRAISE THE ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL!!!
    Hmmm…I wonder if Michelle Bachmann would give up her “government farm subsidies” to help the needy? I really doubt it…it’s her lives blood. Glory!!!

  • tom

    Freedom of speech is not allowed at this newspaper. Only allowed if they agree with your letter, or comment. Can’t upset the right wing cart can we?

    sincerely, Tom Koop

  • RodKuehn

    Ms Anderson cites Ken Zucker (I suspect she inadvertently confused the first name with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame) as a researcher presumably friendly to her anti-trans views.

    According to both Wikipedia and the Global News / The Canadian Press, Zucker encouraged children to become comfortable with their physical sex. Why? The Global News noted: “At a young age, it’s not uncommon for (pre-pubescent) children to try on different gender roles, experts say. Studies have shown that 60 to 90 per cent of gender-questioning children do not go on to become transgender in adolescence, although a high proportion end up identifying as gay or lesbian.”

    However, a fellow researcher noted, “if that approach failed, Ken was always ready to refer them onto puberty-blocking hormones.” In other words, Zucker acknowledged the legitimacy of transgenderism.

    Children should be encouraged to become the people they are most comfortable with. At some point we need to acknowledge that gender/sex is no more binary than height. People are not either short or tall. Nor are they either male or female.

    The essence of biology is diversity.

    • Mark Jensen

      Teachers are not psychologists. Mandating that all teachers go through mandatory training to attend to a miniscule number of students that have a psychological disorder is absurd. Make the school psychologists go through the training and leave the teachers to do what they were hired to do, teach reading, writing and arithmetic, not what bathroom to use.

  • RodKuehn

    If Mr. Hodel takes a closer look at the Sanctuary Movement, I think he’ll find that the intent has changed from Biblical times. My recollection is that the movement started as a result of our disastrous wars on Central America. In recent times, Presidents Carter and Reagan were concerned that citizens of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras had elected presidents that they didn’t approve of. They proceeded to launch vicious wars against the populace, targeting especially medical workers, teachers and lefty priests for special treatment (torture and assassination.)The upshot is that the culture and infrastructure of those nations was utterly destroyed. Much as we did in Iraq. They became failed states rife with violence, fueled partially by our drug war. People fled those nations and often came to the US. Various churches, especially the Catholic Church, Lutherans, Baptists, United Church of Christ, Presbyterians, Methodists, Jews, Unitarians, Quakers and Mennonites took these illegal immigrants in and gave them sanctuary. (We couldn’t call them “refugees” because that would imply culpability.)

    We are still receiving refugees from those nations but their numbers have swelled from other countries because of our devastating war on drugs. And then there are NAFTA (economic) refugees.I strongly suggest that you look up the Sanctuary Movement. Wikipedia has a good summary.

    Compared to the refugees we created, the Puritans were fleeing a beach party.

  • RodKuehn

    Alas, Dr. Brakke, your assumption that the ACA or the Republican attempts at repealing it have anything to do with American health concerns seems a bit optimistic.

    Big Pharma hired Congress to protect their profits and Congress complied. The federal government (Medicare, etc.) is barred by law from dickering prices. The US pays amongst the highest drug prices even though many of the products were spearheaded by federal research.

    Similarly, the ACA gave the insurance industry massive profits while saddling the nation with unacceptably high premiums with unacceptably high deductibles. In spite of assurances that the ACA hearings would consider “all” options to come up with the best plan, President Obama blocked single payer proponents from even being able to testify. The ACA is primarily an insurance company benefit with the public as an afterthought.

    The Republicans sold out long ago. Corporate Democrats were right behind. Witness the latest failed attempt by Sen. Sanders to let consumers buy our drugs from Canada. The effort was thwarted by Republicans and 13 corporate Democrats who, coincidentally, have received significant campaign funding from the drug industry.

    If we want serious health care, which every other industrialized Western country has, we’ll have to fight Congressional Republicans and corporate Democrats. Both parties need purging. Our last election was a national catastrophe. Neither candidate should have been on the ballot.

    Carts and horses are, tragically, irrelevant.