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To the Editor,
I felt stunned and dismayed to read in the “Notes from a County Kitchen” column (Feb. 12, 2001) the quip that “A small town is where everybody not only knows which men beat their wives, but also which wives need it.”

No one deserves to be beaten. Domestic violence is a crime, not a joke.

Bonita Underbakke
Fountain, MN




To the Editor,
Eminem’s (controversial rap singer whose lyrics are considered offensive to women and gays) music is about domestic abuse, wife abuse, murder, rape, and other violence against women and gays.

Eminem has been honored with four nominations and might be performing his hate-filled music on the CBS telecast or the Grammy Awards on February 21, 2001.

Family Violence Prevention Fund Executive (FVPF) Director Esta Soler said, “These hate-filled messages de-sensitize people to abuse. They are dangerous and do not deserve a national platform. At a time when domestic violence is destroying families in every corner of our nation, it would be grossly irresponsible for CBS to give Eminem time on national telvision to espouse violence against women and girls. If he does perform, we will consider a boycott against sponsors of the program”

The people at “Speaking Up,” which is a project for FVPF in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and Fillmore Family Resource Center would like the citizens of Fillmore County to speak up and try to stop Eminem from performing. You can do this by taking three steps, and sharing this information with others:

• Send messages to CBS at www.cbs.com (click feedback) and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences at www.grammy.com (click webmaster) urging them not to have Eminem perform on the program. Please send a copy to speakingup@prsolutionsdc.com

• Urge CBS to run at least one public service announcement on domestic violence during its national broadcast of the Grammy Awards; and

• Demand that the program be balanced by having the host or a presenter address the terrible cost of domestic violence to our families and our society.

Remember to send a copy of your message to “Speaking Up” at speakingup@prsolutionsdc.com.

I guess the real question is...Do you want your children or grandchildren to be sent the wrong message?

Andrea Black
Rushford, MN



To the Editor,
I felt stunned and dismayed to read in the “Notes from a County Kitchen” column (Feb. 12, 2001) the quip that “A small town is where everybody not only knows which men beat their wives, but also which wives need it.”

No one deserves to be beaten. Domestic violence is a crime, not a joke.

Bonita Underbakke
Fountain, MN




To the Editor,
Eminem’s (controversial rap singer whose lyrics are considered offensive to women and gays) music is about domestic abuse, wife abuse, murder, rape, and other violence against women and gays.

Eminem has been honored with four nominations and might be performing his hate-filled music on the CBS telecast or the Grammy Awards on February 21, 2001.

Family Violence Prevention Fund Executive (FVPF) Director Esta Soler said, “These hate-filled messages de-sensitize people to abuse. They are dangerous and do not deserve a national platform. At a time when domestic violence is destroying families in every corner of our nation, it would be grossly irresponsible for CBS to give Eminem time on national telvision to espouse violence against women and girls. If he does perform, we will consider a boycott against sponsors of the program”

The people at “Speaking Up,” which is a project for FVPF in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and Fillmore Family Resource Center would like the citizens of Fillmore County to speak up and try to stop Eminem from performing. You can do this by taking three steps, and sharing this information with others:

• Send messages to CBS at www.cbs.com (click feedback) and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences at www.grammy.com (click webmaster) urging them not to have Eminem perform on the program. Please send a copy to speakingup@prsolutionsdc.com

• Urge CBS to run at least one public service announcement on domestic violence during its national broadcast of the Grammy Awards; and

• Demand that the program be balanced by having the host or a presenter address the terrible cost of domestic violence to our families and our society.

Remember to send a copy of your message to “Speaking Up” at speakingup@prsolutionsdc.com.

I guess the real question is...Do you want your children or grandchildren to be sent the wrong message?

Andrea Black
Rushford, MN



To the Editor,
The Houston School Board has just approved a 56% increase for their superintendent Kim Ross. The Houston Public School system has been in statutory operating debt. In order to survive, the School Board approved huge cuts in children’s programs and extra curricular activities. Our teachers sacrificed their own income to help the school get back on it’s feet. They willingly took a one-year wage freeze. Houston school children are currently raising additional funds on their own to keep their cheerleading and sports programs, in addition to providing their own transportation for these events.

A newly formed community group called “Houston Kids Come First” has recently sent out a bulk mail flyer to all of the Houston residents, (entitled “Where Our Tax Money Is Going”). Our community is very angry about this approved contract. Our rural community of Houston, MN is a prime example of why Governor Ventura is unwilling to spend more money on education. Rural schools are unable to tell the state how they spend their money. State money appears to go for over inflated administrative wages. Supertendent Kim Ross has just overpriced quality education to an unaffordable level with little regard for the children, families, and small business owners of our community.

Houston Kids Come First Community Representative
Mary Tschumper
Houston, MN


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