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Gudmundson's Letter To the Editor,


Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

I was very troubled by an editorial a few issues back about a possible war with Iraq. It invoked up the specter of Vietnam as if our experience there ought to be rationale for not confronting Iraq and its murderous regime.

I can assure the last thing any of us wants is another Vietnam. After Vietnam the military went back to the basics and incorporated the lessons learned there and from strategists and theorists who have gone before. Most important, if the military has to fight, there must be clear objectives. Unlike Vietnam, there is no way that we would engage Iraq and not fight to win. We would never conduct combat operations to send signals or try bring the enemy to the negotiating table as we did in Vietnam. There is no substitute for victory and we will use the necessary force to win in as short a time as possible if it comes to that.

The editorial also invoked the United Nations as if it were some panacea in solving the world's problems. Keep in mind that this is the same crowd that kicked the United States off the human rights commission. Their track record is not especially distinctive. We have the right and obligation to protect our country.

One of the other things pointed out was the 50 thousand plus American deaths in Vietnam. What the editorial failed to acknowledge however, were the deaths of millions in Southeast Asia who were slaughtered after the United States left. And for that I blame the cowardly U.S. politicians who didn't have the courage to do the right thing in the first place and the peace movement.

The peace movement is complicit in murder. I know what you are thinking. How could anyone say anything so outrageous about people who care so much about human life, our environment, and the world we live in? Most activists seem to feel that war is so terrible that, with the exception of an outright attack on the U.S., there are virtually no conditions where we should go to war.

For 30 years I wore a military uniform and on a number of occasions went into the valley of the shadow of death for our freedom. Not just for ours but for the rest of world as well. We should have won the war in Vietnam. At the end we weren't allowed to provide any assistance to the South even when the North Vietnamese invaded with tanks and infantry in what is defined as classic conventional warfare. Winning in Vietnam and ensuring that southeast Asia wa .....
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Preston Ambulance Service Letter to the Editor,

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Thank you Greg Davids for supporting the rural ambulance services and the following accomplishments:

•Co-author and one of the key advocates for the legislation that created the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board i ..... 
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Colbenson's Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

The concerned people of the district spoke last spring and sent a strong message. Now let's get behind these candidates and vote for Chuck Eidenschink, David Boe, and Jon Peterson. These candidates are concerned about the future of the R-P Schools. < ..... 
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Draves' Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Sharon Ropes would make a great senator. Sharon has the courage to take time to make good decisions. She listens well. She cares about people and the effects of her votes. She stands up for what she believes in. Our public schools need her fighting f ..... 
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St.Mane's Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Every now and then we hear complaints about how government has gotten too big, doesn't care, and the different branches or agencies don't work well with each other. My wife and I owned 2 of the buildings in Lanesboro that were destroyed by fire on Ap ..... 
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Wilson's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Minnesota needs Tim Pawlenty for Governor. Minnesota needs a strong Governor. Tim Pawlenty will not sidestep or avoid an issue, but will work for better education of our children; boosting our economy and creating better-paying jobs; improving our ro ..... 
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Haugerud's Letter To the Editor,

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Jesse Ventura inherited a surplus when he was elected Governor. In 1998, voters were willing to gamble with that surplus and opted for excitement and entertainment in the governor's office. We've had four years of roller coaster fun and lost the surp ..... 
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Hempstead's Letter To the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

We live in one of the most beautiful areas of Minnesota. It's important that our land and its resources be guarded and protected, just as we must take care to preserve the way of life that we enjoy here in Houston County. The economic vitality of any ..... 
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Hermanson's Letter To the Editor

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Eric Herendeen has been the full-time Assistant County Attorney for six years and is now running for County Attorney. Through my volunteer work over the last several years, I have found him to have a lot of empathy for victims. I know he prosecutes b ..... 
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