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Waltzer - Letter to the Editor


Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about gay marriage bill

Elvis Presley, in his later years, sung a wonderful song (written by the great swamp country singer Joe South) which resonated with his desire to be taken seriously as a human and not the image that people had projected upon him. The chorus went "Walk a mile in my shoes, before you abuse, criticize or accuse, walk a mile in my shoes". I think it would be a worthy challenge at this time if all of us attempted to do such a thing before deciding upon the fates of others.

Greg Davids is condemning people he is not able to understand (much less represent) by supporting the bigoted bill to ban any marriage union between gay or lesbian couples. This is a mean spirited measure, that metaphorically kicks a group of people to the dirt, tells them that they are not respected in their own community. It also creates a culture of hostility and anger defined and validated by the authority figures. Just as the most popular insult when I was in school was "fag" (usually followed by a thump to the ground and a bloody nose) it remains so in the school today. This is what happens when the people like Davids define a group of people as Ôless then' and not worthy of the same rites, it trickles down to school taunts and later bar fights, creates a culture of non acceptance.

I implore people to think rationally and not support the amendment that will be a kick in the gut to gay and lesbian couples.

Gay and lesbian couples are not a threat...what is requested is the ability to see each other in the hospital, to share the benefits of marriage while raising children and dealing with expenses, and the basic self respect of being acknowledged in this world.

Perhaps, an amendment defining marriage as between two responsible, loving, non abusive people would be more reasonable. Please think about this and imagine if an aspect of your own self was being used to separate you from the rites enjoyed by others around you. If you are uneasy about supporting full marriage rites, at least consider whether the amendment written specifically to sever any chance of marriage rites is a rational and heartfull measure.

Andy Waltzer

Lanesboro, MN

Skare - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter supporting President Bush

Lately, I have been reading a lot of letters and Editorials bashing our President. Some of them are from Left wing Democratic articles that are almost verbatim, without the courtesy of the origin ..... 
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Schomisch - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

Why do I have to move away, give up my dreams and goals because of you? I should never have to! I do not live in Preston, I did not have the power of a vote nor elect the city council members in Preston wh ..... 
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Schieffelbein - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Constitution Party

Each of the political parties will be holding their caucuses on March 2nd. Each of these parties lures their constituents to the caucus by assuring them that their voice will be heard. We are told ..... 
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Pool - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Peace Corps volunteers,

43 years ago, President Kennedy stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and said, "Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country." A month and a ..... 
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Hanson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

This letter is about the Heartland Energy and Recycling project but it is not about the environmental issues, as important as they are. This letter is about an issue which, to my knowledge, has not y ..... 
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Gilbert - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Rep. Davids

So Rep. Greg Davids uses colorful language on the telephone? That's quite forgivable. Heavy handed tactics with constituents, elected office holders and board members of citizens groups? That's not forgi ..... 
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Denzer - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Rep. Davids

To the Editor,

It seems our very own State Representative Greg Davids (31B) in SE Minnesota has become famous around the globe for his apology for his inappropriate, threatening rem ..... 
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Cockrum - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
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Letter about Heartland

A class action suit that articulates enforced laws against governments and industries that create, condone then euphemize the effects of pollution could protect people from pernicious exploitation of their ..... 
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