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Letter about Stan Gudmundson commentary...


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Stan Gudmundson’s fear of people who are different than us is legitimate: we do not know what to expect, we wonder if they will respect us and our culture and our mostly good government. We wonder how Syrian Orthodox Christians as well as Sunni Muslims look and act.

In his (long) commentary Stan quoted Ann Coulter as saying that refugees are responsible for the rise in prison populations. She is wrong. Most experts agree that our prison population has expanded because of 1. mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders and 2. Lack of mental health and drug treatment facilities available. Ann Coultera’s essays makes wild generalizations without worrying about facts or expert opinions. This is how she makes money- by inflaming our fears.

Yes, there are real challenges when people of different backgrounds try to live together, especially when some are very poor, and might be perceived as a ‘drain’ on our society. Teachers in Rochester do struggle to communicate with non-English speaking parents. But we can also be enriched by new people. Southeast Asian people bring interesting vegetables to farmers’ markets.

One month ago, most Christians heard these words from God’s angels: ‘Fear not, for I bring you good news.’ Soon after the wise men worshipped the Christking, Jesus and his family became refugees in Egypt. When Herod’s fears subsided, they went home like most refugees want to do.

Let us trust the Immigration Service to screen refugees. Let us remember the poem on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free’...And let us work to help newcomers, whoever they may be.

Pastor Karen Grandall

Spring Valley, MN

Letter about Representative Tim Walz...

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

Letter about Representative Tim Walz... To the Editor, Representative Tim Walz, on Sept. 18, 2015, voted against H.R.3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. A Congressional Record summary of this bill follows: (Sec. 3) This bill ..... 
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Letter about sharing opinions...

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It made me proud to live in Fillmore County when I read and observed all the different and numerous opinions/commentary sent in and published in this last week’s Fillmore County Journal. Wow, there are many here who take the job of ..... 
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Letter about abortion...

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Did you know that abortion facilities in Minn. are unlicensed and uninspected? It’s true. The Department of Health has no authority over abortion centers. Is it right that these places, which perform one of the most common surgical ..... 
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Letter about Reisner...

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Dear friends in Spring Valley, Sumner, Jordan, Fillmore townships: I urge you to consider voting for Karen Reisner (rise-ner) for County Commissioner. Karen is a quiet, thoughtful person who has been reporting on Commissioner mee ..... 
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Letter about support for Jon Pieper...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In the last years, my home valuation has gone down, but my property taxes to the city and county have gone up. Why? Because Local Government Aid (LGA) to cities was taken away by Republicans. This program used income taxes from all ..... 
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Letter about Meet the Candidate Night...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Spring Valley VFW Post 4114 would like to thank the following people for helping make the recent Meet the Candidate Night a success: Fillmore County sheriff candidates, Brian Miner and Tom Kaase; District 3 county commissioner candid ..... 
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Response to Yvonne Nyenhuis’ commentary regarding abortion

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis’ defense of the pro-choice position consistently misses the mark (“Concerning women’s healthcare,” Aug 25). She argues that facilities like Planned Parenthood provide essential healthcare to women, but that ..... 
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Health care...

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I read Mrs. Nyenhuis’ letter about health care and some red flags were very apparent to me. I found it hypocritical of her to talk about how well her knee is doing and how lucky she is to have her husband after his diabetic trauma ..... 
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