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Upton - Letter about Heartland


Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

After reading the heart-wrenching letters in the last FCJ concerning the proposed tire-burning plant, I was moved to write this letter.

I taught at Preston for many years, mostly Spanish, but in my final year I was given the junior-high reading program. This was an extension of the elementary program, and was put into place while I was on leave and teaching in Columbia. Since it was put into the schedule as a substitute for English, the literature books had been discarded. After reading the “dumbed down” material, and seeing that the good readers were being turned off on the whole idea of reading, I strongly urged the school board to buy new literature books. They arrived shortly before the Christmas break. They were issued the following day, and I immediately assigned A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

It seemed to be fitting in a community of active churches and people who wore the label “Christian.”. I wanted these young people to realize that there is more, much more, to the story than that of an old tightwad visited by spirits and a ghost clanking around in the night. The happy ending, then, was Scrooge’s getting the “Christmas spirit.”

The deeper message is for all of us, all year long and every day.

Scrooge’s “wake-up” call came by way of three visits involving the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who, once listened to, succeeded in awakening Scrooge’s sleeping conscience. He was first shown Christmas past, when he had shared the love of many others. Then Christmas Present when all of that was gone, replaced by Scrooge's hunger for more and more money regardless of the suffering he caused others. Seeing Christmas Future made him realize that all the people that he had touched – and hurt – were glad that he was dead. Ghost Marley had also shown him that dying while still “chained” to the desire for money was a kind of Hell.

Scrooge, at the end of the “Carol,” was a pretty nice guy. You might almost call him a practicing Christian. His deep heart changes were expressed enthusiastically toward any one he touched – or helped – with his money and his caring.

Marley’s telling words to Scrooge: (to be memorized, Class!) “Business! Mankind was my business!” The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence were all my business.”

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Ostern - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about (H.O.G.) Harley Owners Group

Hats off to (H.O.G.) Harley Owners Group of Rochester. On Sunday July 27 my daughter and I had the opportunity to participate in The Cruise for the Ronald McDonald House. Everything was ..... 
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McConnell - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about editorial

I have to reply to John Torgrimson’s column dated July 18th, 2003. To not reply would be an injustice.

Mr. Torgrimson’s ignorance comes simply from being one-sided. Little can be done ..... 
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Greg R. Johnson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Preston City Council

I am writing after my latest disappointing visit with the Preston City Council.

I was once again told that the Council was going to finally make a motion and vote on vacati ..... 
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Hughes - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Whalan Scrubs

We are excited to be home to the Whalan Scrubs. This group of accomplished ball players demonstrate the first rate talent that we possess here in Whalan and throughout Bluff Country. Through partnershi ..... 
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Robert K. Johnson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about tire

waste-to-oil technology

The July 2003 issue of Money magazine reports that technology fund managers and other Wall Street investors are impressed by a groundbreaking tire waste-to-oil tec ..... 
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Haugstad - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Fillmore

County Fair

I would like to say what a wonderful fair it was. I have only lived in this county for eight years and this is the best one I have seen. There was so much more for people ..... 
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Ott - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

I am writing about a deep concern I have regarding the Heartland Energy tire-burning plant and the active karst area in which we live. According to the Environmental Assessment Worsheet, Heartland could em ..... 
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Jacobson - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Relay for Life

One of the largest fund-raising events this summer is coming up on August 8 & 9 in Rushford, MN in the Rushford Fire Hall and Depot Museum area. It is our ninth American Cancer Society Relay For Life ..... 
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