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Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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February 4, 2002

To the Editor,

I am responding to the letter written by John Seem of Harmony in the January 13, 2002 issue of the Journal.

I will not disagree that war is a terrible thing and all, or most, that comes from it, but Im truly sick and tired of the terrorist attacks being justified by our bombings of Nagasaki or Hiroshima. I, for one, along with many would not be here today if these two bombs had not been dropped.

Lets step back to 1945. The Japanese people would not have surrendered (unconditionally) unless the two bombs had been dropped.

My father was one of the thousands scheduled to invade mainland Japan. It has been proven that the Japanese people would have fought to the bitter end.

We sit back 55 plus years later and say we could have done this or that, but given the era and the technology of the time, I believe President Truman made the right decision.

Yes, there is poverty, starvation and famine in the world today as well as for centuries past. We, as Americans, have to remember that our government is, in my belief, one of, if not the best, in the world today. I personally have not ever left this countrys borders, but I will say to anyone who doesnt like living here and the freedoms that are given to every citizen, you have the right to leave.

I also believe that we need to stand up and stand firm when it comes to defending these rights and values.

As it was in 1941, we did not attack Japan - they attacked us. Also we did not attack these extremist groups (terrorists) - they attacked us and now we will finish it one way or another.

I was fortunate not to have had to ever be drafted or experience war. I am very proud of our servicemen and women past and present, and believe now as I always have that we need to stand united and give them and our government all the support they need.

Last, but not least, I do want to say that freedom of speech is one of the greatest privileges of our country. Mr. Seem is entitled to his opinions as I am mine, but we need to take a good hard look at the cost and sacrifices so many have given so that we may live the way we want in this wonderful country. God bless America.

David Barlow
Preston, MN

February 4, 2002

To the Editor,

I am responding to the letter written by John Seem of Harmony in the January 13, 2002 issue of the Journal.

I will not disagree th .....
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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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, Feb 1st, 2002
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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, Feb 1st, 2002
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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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Ray Harvey Thompson

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Ray Harvey Thompson, 81, of Pilot Mound Township, rural Chatfield, a longtime area farmer, died Dec. 25, 2001 at his home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Pilot Mound Township, Fillmore County, and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1937 ..... 
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Bette R. Tangen

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Bette R. Tangen, 64, of Spring Valley died December 20, 2001.

Bette Paulsen was born July 24, 1937, in Grand Meadow and grew up in the Ostrander area. She graduated from LeRoy High School in 1955. She worked as a nurse's aide in Worrall Hosp ..... 
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Grace Elaine Stockdale

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Grace Elaine Stockdale, 98, formerly of Spring Valley, died Dec. 24, 2001 at Ostrander Nursing Home, where she had lived for 16 months.

Grace Lubbers was born Sept. 12, 1903, in Elwood, IL, and as a child moved with her family to South Dako ..... 
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Marilyn K. Wilbur

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Marilyn K. Wilbur, , of rural Mabel, died January 5, 2002 in traffic accident near St. Cloud, Minn.

She was born Dec. 22, 1952, in Winona. Survivors include her husband, Cleon Wilbur; six children, Keri Vetsch of St. Cloud, Kris Vetsch of Ro ..... 
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Cheryl "Cherrie" Lee Tudahl

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Cheryl "Cherrie" Lee Tudahl, 50, of Rushford, died of cancer January 25, 2002 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

She was born March 12, 1951, in Rushford. She attended Rushford public schools and was a member of Rushford Lutheran Ch ..... 
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