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Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, July 23, 2001

In a commencement address at Notre Dame, President Bush called for a new commitment to the poor. He called his faith-based initiative of providing government resources to church affiliated services for the poor the “third stage” in our country’s war on poverty.

I recall President Lyndon Johnson’s eloquent call to America in the 1960s to build the “Great Society” and “eliminate poverty”. By the mid 1970s we had eliminated two million Vietnamese civilians and thousands more Cambodians and Laotians in a secret war. The country was dangerously polarized and to prevent the near erosion of democracy we had to nearly impeach a president. By the 1980s the world had become embroiled in a nuclear arms race that became so close to nuclear war by accident, or even by design, that surgeons and doctors in both the US and the former Soviet Union took leave of saving lives one by one to lobby their national leaders to save millions whose lives they felt were hanging in the delicate balance of MAD - mutual assured destruction - policy.

In 1985, the organization to which these surgeons and doctors belonged and from which came their deep felt support, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), received the Nobel Peace prize for their effort to pull the superpowers back from the brink of nuclear war and move them to negotiate the elimination of weapons.

In June of this year I received a letter from IPPNW. In reference to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld’s nuclear missile defense (NMD) proposals, they say “it will increase the likelihood of nuclear war.” They point out: “Publications of the U.S. Space Command make it clear that missile defense is not just a defensive system but an offensive one as well. It is just one component of a larger plan for U.S. militarization of space. NMD will undermine... a nuclear arms control regime” and “encourage those with nuclear weapons, especially Russia and China to build larger arsenals.”

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), the US affiliate of IPPNW, state in a May letter: “As part of a plan to develop a ‘flexible deterrent’ the President also wants to develop small nuclear weapons. These would be designed for use against Iraq, Libya or other rogue states. This horrifying drift to nuclear war-fighting policies would overturn a fifty-year taboo against the use of weapons of mass destruction, making the US the largest rogue sta .....
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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Leonard Hare

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Leonard Hare passed away on May 29, 2001 in St. Paul, MN.

Leonard spent his childhood in Fillmore County and moved to St. Paul in 1946. On March 1, 1947 he married Agnes Hanson. Leonard served in the United States Army doing overseas duty in ..... 
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Joseph G. Westby

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Joseph Gerhard Westby, 94, died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the Clarion Health Care Center, where he was a resident.

Mr. Westby was born December 18, 1906, to Christian and Dora (Elefson) Westby on their family farm near Rushford, Minnesota. ..... 
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David P. Reed

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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David P. Reed, 58, of Peterson, an employee of TRW Automotive in Rushford, died July 9, 2001 at Winona Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Born July 13, 1942, he grew up in Rock Dell Township, Olmsted County, and gr ..... 
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Gerda A. Redalen

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Gerda A. Redalen, 84, of Chatfield, died July 6, 2001 en route to St. Marys Hospital.

Gerda Flaby was born Dec. 12, 1916, in rural Lanesboro. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1934. She married Tracy Redalen on June 27, 1943, in ru ..... 
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Lyle W. Mathison

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Lyle W. Mathison, 82, of rural Preston, died July 6, 2001 at Preston Good Samaritan Home, where he had resided just more than one year.

He was born Sept. 25, 1918, in Forestville Township in Fillmore County and attended Forestville school. O ..... 
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