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Proposals could threaten child care in area Thank you to the people that attended the Nov. 19 Informational meeting regarding the Infant Mortality Report and Proposed Recommendations. Also thank you to the County Commissioners for your attendance. If the proposed recommendations pass as written, there will be devastating results. Providers will not be able to provide care for infants and toddlers as we currently do. If these proposed recommendations pass, there will be fewer providers and child care for infants and toddlers will be very difficult for parents to access.
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance fails on every level Drew Johnson's opinion piece on behalf of the "Taxpayers Protection Alliance" (TPA) in last week's paper ("'All of the Above' Fails on Every Level," Morris Sun Tribune, Dec. 1, 2012) was equal parts misinformation and dishonest cost accounting. Among the more bogus claims, the suggestion that renewable energy technologies are disproportionately favored by federal policy really stands out. This assertion is not even in the neighborhood of being true.
Supporting school lunch The school lunch program has recently entered into a new political arena with federal nutrition standards to ensure that meals are healthy and well balanced. This includes caloric limits, portion sizes and fruit and vegetable offerings. Last week, Morris Area Elementary School hosted Bring your Parent to Lunch week, which was an excellent opportunity to see what our children are offered at school.
One vote can make a difference Isn't democracy wonderful. If the candidate you voted for does not do what he/she promised, or if he/she does something you don't like, you can always say: "Well, my one vote did not elect him/her, it was somebody else's vote." (Although, sometimes one vote does make the difference.) Ted Storck - Morris, Minn. Love is not the gospel In a recent letter in the West Central Tribune (11/2/2012), Rev. Chilstrom declared his support for same-sex marriage.
Let's move forward on community issues I would like to address the recent feedback received for the article included in the Morris Human Rights Commission column of the Morris Sun Tribune on Oct. 27, 2012. The original plan for the column by the MHRC was to have 15 articles in honor of the 15th anniversary of the commission.
Small arms treaty is global gun control scheme Ron Jacobson in last week's paper said the Obama Administration has done nothing to curtail his Second Amendment rights. Maybe true, but as he told the president of Russia, "I will have more leeway after the election." Recently his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration will be "working hand-in-glove with the U.N. to pass a new 'small arms treaty.'" To be put it bluntly: This is a massive global gun control scheme. If passed by the U.N. and ratified by the U.S.
Westrom worked to protect life As our State Representative, Torrey Westrom has fought hard to preserve the sanctity of human life. While chair of the House Civil Law Committee, Torrey helped pass bills that would have reduced the number of abortions in our state. One of those would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which many physicians believe unborn children begin to feel pain. He also stood up for our values by voting for a bill that prohibited taxpayer money from being used to provide abortions.
Westrom supports education policies for rural students As the former Superintendent of Alexandria's Public Schools, I have monitored Torrey Westrom's support of education. Over the past two years Torrey supported education policies that help students, especially those in rural schools. In 2011, he voted to increase state education funding by $686 million over the previous budget. Importantly, for schools in our area, he voted to establish a fund to aid rural schools with fewer than 1,000 students.
Christians support a reasonable definition of marriage Pastor Main would have you believe that "Redefining marriage is an abuse of the estate of marriage that God has given mankind." But good Christians have always supported reasonable redefinitions of marriage. For instance, before the seventeenth century, arranged marriages were the norm. But with a growing sense of the importance of individual freedom, the culture redefined marriage as a matter of individual choice. Before the nineteenth century, fifty-year-old men could marry thirteen-year-old girls.
Marriage amendment is not a theological question The question before Minnesota voters of a constitutional amendment to forbid gays to marry is not a theological one. Heaven only knows that Lutheran communities have argued that one enough lately. The question is whether we want to use our state constitution to take rights away. The constitution is supposed to protect everyone's rights. Minnesota law (not constitution) already forbids gays to marry and any church is free to deny the rite of marriage. We don't need it in the constitution.