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Fri, Sep 21st, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, September 17, 2001

To the Editor,

It is widely known that Osama Bin Laden and other Arab terrorists perceive the US as having a pro-Israel bias. Too few Americans know that from 1947-1997, the US poured $140 billion into Israel and continues to give $3 - $5 billion of their taxes annually to Israel. That averages out to about $500 per Israeli per year, who income is $17,000. Our aid to Palestinians, whose income is about $1,000, is $32 - a “piddling” amount to use the word of Frank Wright.

When the US, alone among the nations of the world, votes against UN resolutions calling on Israel to implement UN Resolution 242 (requiring withdrawal from territory conquered in 1967), the US puts itself at odds with the rule of law and this tends to beget similar law-defying attacks on US soldiers abroad and embassy personnel.

Professor Karen Larson of Gustavus Adolphus College says we must understand that being the world’s only superpower does not make us invulnerable. Michael Barnett of the University of Wisconsin, a specialist on the Middle East, says terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center in 1993 “want Americans to acknowledge the pain US policies have inflicted on others,” reported Erik Black. “Like Mondale, Barnett said said one of the jobs of the President in such a situation (as today) is to steer the country away from mob conduct or hasty vengeance,” says Black.

Many historians believe excessively punitive reparations forced on Germany after World War I was a contributing cause of World War II. The premature bombing of an alleged chemical weapon factory in Sudan, according to President Carter, may have destroyed just a medicine factor desperately needed by innocent sick people.

The more horrible the terrorist act, the greater is the danger that our anger and impatience will push our leaders to act before proper calm and adequate time give their supreme faculty, reason, to function at is maximum and properly do its supreme function of curtailing decisions based on emotion that so often lead to actions that generate undesired outcomes and behavior.

If we demonize this generation of terrorists, we should not be surprised if their next generation are demons. What can we expect from the third generation of Palestinians growing up in poverty and little dignity in refugee camps? Some studies suggest that it is the continuous denial of dignity over time that generates the d .....
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Sep 21st, 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, Sep 21st, 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, Sep 21st, 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, Sep 21st, 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, Sep 21st, 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, Sep 21st, 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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Doris L. Svebakken

Fri, Sep 21st, 2001
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Doris L. Svebakken, 85, of Waukon, Iowa, mother of Roger (Llonamae) Svebakken of Spring Valley, died Aug. 25, 2001 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon following a lengthy illness.

She is also survived by a daughter.

The funeral was h ..... 
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Margaret E. Sikkink

Fri, Sep 21st, 2001
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Margaret E. Sikkink, 76, of rural Harmony, died August 26, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Margaret Boese was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Madison, S.D., the daughter of August and Irene (Kuehn) Boese. In her youth, she lived in Lakota, ..... 
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