Letters to the Editor for Jan. 27

Impeachment the only alternative

To the Editor:

Today, Jan. 20, 2017, grace and goodness unfortunately depart the White House. Today, pure unadulterated evil unfortunately enters the White House.

Nearly 63 million deplorable people voted to put pure unadulterated evil in the White House. May God forgive every single one of them for his/her malicious, hateful, mean-spirited, racist and sexist vote. I never will. I can only personally speak for the Christian faith, but no Christian in good conscience could have voted for Trump, the demonstrable anti-Christ.

The 538 Electoral College Electors had the chance to reverse this miscarriage of justice, but even though Hillary Clinton handily won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, had the election stolen from her by a number of illegalities, and was the obvious greater good and clear moral choice, the Electoral College Electors abdicated their moral responsibility to all Americans and chose instead to put pure unadulterated evil in the White House. Typically Republican, they put party before country.

This will not turn out well. All Americans will come to regret this. It would be poetic justice if only those who directly and indirectly put pure unadulterated evil in the White House suffered accordingly, but unfortunately the real world does not work that way. Those of us who voted our consciences, as everyone should have done, will suffer along with all of the deplorables.

America used to elect Republicans who later became criminals — Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Now America has saved itself a step and elected a Republican who is already a known criminal — Trump.

Impeachment is now the only practical alternative. I would urge everyone to contact their two United States Senators and their United States Representative and demand that impeachment proceedings start immediately. There are numerous valid grounds for impeachment. You need only decide on one before you make your three calls. No one should be above the law. Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for all of your fellow citizens, do it for your country. Thank you very much.

James A. Bofenkamp
Coon Rapids

Thompson misses the point

To the Editor:

Melissa Thompson in “Our job is to protect children” (January 20) misses the point in Barb Anderson’s letter “Promoting transgenderism is harmful to children.” Nowhere does Ms. Anderson seek to “guilt or shame” gender-confused children. It’s the promotion of transgenderism in the schools that is the problem.

Not facing the truth of biological reality is what really harms children, and it’s time for adults to stop feeding the transgender fantasy.

Telling kids that a boy can be born into a girl’s body and a girl can be born into a boy’s body is irresponsible. That is a biological impossibility and is not supported by scientific evidence. A “trans” child can never fully become the other sex.

It is damaging to children when parents or teachers affirm uncertainty in their young minds by allowing them to impersonate the opposite gender. This gives the child permission to continue living in a fantasy world of make believe — all based on feelings, not fact.

When people have anorexia, they see an overweight person when they look in the mirror. We do them great harm by affirming them in a false reflection. This only adds to their disordered thinking. The same thing goes for a child struggling with gender confusion — a serious disorder. Going along with a child’s fantasy of being the opposite sex only confirms confusion instead of clarity in his or her impressionable, young mind.

Preserving a child’s birth sex is clearly an issue of child protection. Yes, it’s our job to protect children — by telling them the truth.

Carol Manske

Health care shouldn’t be a political game

To the Editor:

Blaine Representative Nolan West just voted to allow insurers to exclude things like cancer treatment, diabetes and prenatal care from coverage. Why? Because it will allow insurance companies to make more money. The last thing Minnesota families need is for-profit insurance that won’t help them when they get sick, have an accident or start their family.

Health care costs are too high. Minnesotans in the individual market are facing steep premium increases. Instead of providing immediate relief, Rep. West and Republicans are delaying rebates to these Minnesotans until 2018. Governor Dayton has offered to work with Rep. West and Republicans on a compromise to provide immediate relief, but they just won’t make a deal to benefit Minnesota families.

Providing Minnesotans access to affordable and quality health care shouldn’t be a political game. I thought you should know that your Representative, Nolan West, is making it one.

Rep. Melissa Hortman
House District 36B

  • tom

    Republicans claim to be all moral and ethically strong in the Lord when in fact they are liars. Cut cut cut programs for the benefit of the wealthy. Leaving the needy behind is straight out of the pit of hell. Yay Republicans!!!!

    Matthew 25:35-40

    35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clot…hes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    • jwbaumann

      There is absolutely nothing whatsoever in the Bible that says that government should take on the role of clothing the naked and feeding the hungry. In the context of prisoners, the idea that visiting those in jail is a role of government is patently absurd. These are instruction to individuals, not to government. Quoting the bible in the context you provide is insulting and blasphemous. Please stop.

      • tom

        Cuts to food stamps and housing all for the benefit of the wealthy is not helping the poor and needy. Cutting healthcare and allowing drug prices to rise w/o regulation is not helping the poor and needy. The Republican Party is not the party of morals and ethics because they vote for cutting healthcare, and programs to help the needy.
        Ole Trump, Mitch McConnell ad Paul Ryan will make sure the poor and needy eat. Hahahahaha!!! I was kidding. They hate life, but, love money. They are Republican Jesus Christians. You?

        1. Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then the people who have God’s approval will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and take you into our homes or see you in need of clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.’

        2. Isaiah 58:10 If you give some of your own food to [feed] those who are hungry and to satisfy [the needs of] those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.

        3. Isaiah 58:7 Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

        4. Ezekiel 18:7 He is a merciful creditor, not keeping the items given as security by poor debtors. He does not rob the poor but instead gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for the needy.

        5. Luke 3:11 He answered them, “Whoever has two shirts should share with the person who doesn’t have any. Whoever has food should share it too.”

        6. Matthew 10:42 I tell all of you with certainty, whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple will never lose his reward.

        7. Proverbs 19:17 The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.

        8. Proverbs 22:9 A generous person will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

      • RodKuehn

        Not so farfetched as you indicate.

        The widespread use of extended periods of solitary confinement is relevant.

        The special prisons designed to restrict communication with family is also relevant.

        The extremely high phone rates charged by some companies who service prisoner calls is also on-point.

        The government’s role may not be to visit prisoners but it is also not to restrict or inhibit those visits. In fact, government would be well advised to encourage visits by a range of organizations as a means of maintaining links between general society and the prisoner. It should help reduce recidivism.

        Biblical governments were typically not democracies. In this country, the government is primarily an extension of the people’s will (at least theoretically). Most people see the need for government help with those in need and my guess is that a majority of religionists (Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, etc.) would derive that need from their respective spiritual sources.

        You’re too easily offended.

        I’ve never been impressed by charges of blasphemy. They’re usually used as a tactical weapon to suppress opposing viewpoints.

  • SMJ

    Mr. Bofenkamp,

    What a vile, hateful human being you are. Unless you know all 63 million people who voted for the President calling all them deplorable says more about you and others like you than it does about the 63 million.

    Just remember the ones who died and served this great nation for your rights to spew such hatred. I have heard more hate coming from the democratic side of the aisle than the republican.


    • tom

      Mr. Bofenkamp hits the nail on the head !!!
      Trump has never served in the US Armed Forces, he was deferred 5 times, inherited his wealth from his racist KKK daddy, has insulted women with a demeaning grading system and he is in collusion with Russia. Trump is also as Christian as many of you here who read this paper. Many of you pretend to live according to the ways of the Bible, when in fact you pick and choose your own set of values just like your Republican Phony Christian Party. Trump is a liar and a fraud. What does that say about those who voted for him. Deplorable or ignorant?

      • SMJ

        Obama never served either. I did, my family did, my husband’s family did all to give you the rights to spew your hatred as well. I would rather you just shut up.

        I am not ignorant nor deplorable there Tommy Boy so go crawl back under your shroud of hatred and come out when you can act like a normal, rational human being.

        By the way. you’re welcome, I was more than honored to serve this great nation, again, so you can spew the hatred you have to those who don’t agree with you.

        • tom

          What does your serving have to do Trump the deferment king?
          Remember the executive orders Trump signed have to go through Congress first where they will not make it out of committee.
          I am a rational normal human being who does not play a Christian, all moral and great, while praising an evil man who’d rather see us all die to save his ego.
          Judas loves you man.

  • SMJ

    Cool abc. You print a hateful vile letter. Someone calls the person out and you delete the comment. Cool.

  • RodKuehn

    Ms Manske, please see last week’s comments. All of the major medical organizations support trans surgery and care. I posted many of their position statements.

    They also acknowledge that the gender / orientation situation is vastly more complex than male/female.

    The primary harm to trans children (and adults) comes from parents and peers who reject their identity. This is borne out in Swedish studies in which rapidly increasing societal acceptance of sexual minorities has reduced the trans suicide rate to that of the general population.

    • Mark Jensen

      Ms. Manske, please note that Rod Kuehn is lying to you. The World Health Organization classifies transgenderism or gender dysphoria as “mental illness”.

      • RodKuehn

        This is the power of science, Mr. Jensen. The science in the US is the same science across the world. Science operates according to defined rules and gives increasingly accurate results.

        Can you say the same about religious views across the world? Or even across the street?

        You owe me an apology.

        W.H.O. Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders

        The World Health Organization is moving toward declassifying transgender identity as a mental disorder in its global list of medical conditions, with a new study lending additional support to a proposal that would delete the decades-old designation.

        The change, which has so far been approved by each committee that has considered it, is under review for the next edition of the W.H.O. codebook, which classifies diseases and influences the treatment of patients worldwide.

        “The intention is to reduce barriers to care,” said Geoffrey Reed, a psychologist who is coordinating the mental health and behavior disorders section in the upcoming edition of the codebook, called the International Classification of Diseases, or I.C.D.

        Dr. Reed, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and an author of the new study, said the proposal to remove transgender from the mental disorder category was “not getting opposition from W.H.O.,” suggesting that it appears likely to be included in the new edition. The revised volume would be the first in more than 25 years, and is scheduled to be approved in May 2018.

        Removing the mental health label from transgender identity would be a powerful signifier of acceptance, advocates and mental health professionals say.


        • Mark Jensen

          As of today, this minute, the W.H.O. classifies gender dysphoria as “mental illness”. Therefore, your comments are at best misleading. You cannot tell me or anybody with complete confidence what the W.H.O. is going to do in mid 2018. I can tell you without question that today, this minute and at least until their next publication in mid 2018 that the W.H.O.’s codebook of disease classifications classifies gender dysphoria as “mental illness”.

    • Mark Jensen

      Again I will challenge you Mr. Kuehn. How many body parts do you need to mutililate or augmentate before you change your DNA?

      • RodKuehn

        The studies speak for themselves. Your challenge has no merit.

    • jwbaumann

      Adults who promote transgenderism to children are committing child abuse. As a professional, I am legally required to report such activity when I observe it, and I have.

      • RodKuehn

        Not surprised.

        Many people equate education with promotion, particularly in sexual matters.

  • Mark Jensen

    At least Mr. Bofenkamp isn’t trying to lie to the readship like he did back in March of 2016 when he stated he was a Republican and it was obvious to the causual observer that he wasn’t.

    “Before all these lies started, I was an ardent Republican for many years. Now I would be simply ashamed to call myself a Republican. It is so sad that current Republicans apparently cannot see their party for the lying machine it has become.”

    Sound familiar Mr. Bofenkamp?

    My advice to you would be, give the POTUS a chance. Then if you have a legitimate criticism about his enacted policies, people will take you seriouly. Until then, be quite.

    • RodKuehn

      And then we have his pandering to the lowest common denominator. His long-standing “birther” attacks. His fraudulent scapegoating of Muslims (thousands and thousands of Muslims cheering 9/11 in Jersey City), his attacks on Latinos, etc. Loves torture.

      School teachers report that bullying is more of a problem after Trump’s example. He needs to be a role model. School children will follow his words day-by-day and what will they learn? Everything contemptible. Trump is a major blow to the humanity of the world, a step back into the moral stone age.

      Trump is a failure of this nation’s promise. Both parties failed the country and we got the worst of all possible scenarios.

    • RodKuehn

      “Trump signed a memorandum on Saturday to restructure the NSC to include Bannon, White House chief strategist. The restructuring also downgraded the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence.
      The addition of Bannon, the White House’s chief strategist, to NSC meetings has provoked outrage among both Republicans and Democrats on the grounds that national security decisions should be made apart from political concerns. Former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice called the move “stone cold crazy,” while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the move made him “worried.”‘


    • RodKuehn

      “The Dissent Channel is a longstanding official vehicle for State Department employees to convey alternative views and perspectives on policy issues,” he added. “This is an important process that the Acting Secretary, and the Department as a whole, value and respect. It allows State employees to express divergent policy views candidly and privately to senior leadership.”
      The memo says the executive order “stands in opposition to the core American and constitutional values that we, as federal employees, took an oath to uphold.”
      The move “will immediately sour relations” with countries whose governments are “important allies and partners in the fight against terrorism, regionally and globally.”
      “By alienating them, we lose access to the intelligence and resources (needed) to fight the root causes of terror abroad” before attacks occur in the US, the draft memo reads.
      It goes on to warn the move will increase anti-American sentiment.


    • RodKuehn

      Trump doesn’t have the smarts to even keep his mouth shut before all the facts are known. The Quebec bomber was a white nationalist, not a Moroccan Muslim as Trump claimed. A flapping tongue on a president can do a lot of damage.


    • RodKuehn

      Well, it seems his people and Customs and Border Protection are not interested in laws. They ignored several judges’ orders to allow legal residents back into the country.

      Is Trump familiar with checks and balances?

    • RodKuehn

      Mr. Jensen, your ad hominem attack on Mr. Bofenkamp is not germane to the topic.

      Your incivility is apt to prevent other people from joining in. That’s tragic. This space is mostly wasted and could be used to hash out our differences.

    • RodKuehn

      “Skelly said that in general “there’s been an increase in tension and conflict between students after the election.”’

      As of the time of the printing (11/15/2016) the Muslim student was still afraid to return to school.

      Yup, the Trump Effect is starting to infest some of our youth. Like brain lice.

      Quoted from a school official: http://abcnewspapers.com/2016/11/15/northdale-ms-student-allegedly-stripped-of-hijab/