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Increase organ donations If more people were as generous as Corrine Stein ("Organ donors give gift of life," April 3 Sun Tribune), we wouldn't have over 50 percent of Americans waiting for organ transplants dying each year. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage: give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors.
Thanks to all for a memorable day We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the citizens of west central Minnesota who did so much to welcome home the Charlie Battery troops of Morris and Ortonville from their year of active duty in Kuwait. Your presence and actions were very much appreciated by our soldiers and their families. Glenwood, Starbuck and Cyrus, thank you for the warm receptions that you gave them in each of your communities as our soldiers traveled on the buses to Morris.
End fibs about health care Is there no end to the fibs about the health care bill? Laying them to rest is like playing Whack-a-Mole. As soon as one is answered, another one pops up. The latest one is expressed at great length in a previous letter to this paper ("Changing the rules," Morris Sun Tribune, March 27). The letter writer claims that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, just passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, was not voted on by the U.S.
Changing the rules It is the final game of the Minnesota State Boy's Basketball tournament. Both teams have fought long and hard to get into the finals. The losing team cannot win because the three seconds in the lane rule greatly hinders their offense. This rule has kept them from victory because their offensive center needs five seconds. In the last half of the final quarter, this rule is changed from three seconds in the lane to five seconds. This team now wins.
A generous community On behalf of the MAHS Student Council, I would like to thank our community for coming out and supporting our events. You have been very generous which in turn allows us to continue that generosity. This fall the council worked with the FFA to put on the Flying Pancake Feed. The proceeds were used to purchase items to be boxed and sent to the local troops serving overseas. People donated money and items toward that cause. We were able to send over 60 full boxes. It could not have been done without your support. Recently we held a shoe drive.
Don't leave pets behind The Stevens Community Humane Society would like to remind our community that if anyone has a pet that they can no longer care for or afford, they should please call us and surrender the pet to us for adoption. In the past month we have had two calls from landlords telling us that they have found pets that have been left behind by tenants who have had to move because of foreclosure or eviction. We realize that these are hard economic times, but please do not leave your pet or pets behind!
Don't turn them away My name is Kenny. I recently lost my great-nephew "Josh". He was only 19 years old. He took his own life from depression. I feel he had reached his bottom, because he was seeking treatment. He was excited about going. On Sept. 22, 2009 he had an appointment at a treatment center in the early afternoon. They turned him away because they said they didn't have any room. Well later that day is when he attempted suicide and passed away on Sept.
'Revision' of Scripture Several years ago a troubling symptom began to show up in the Evangelical Church of America called "revisionism." It went largely undetected by most people until last August, in Minneapolis, where it showed itself full blown. The issue that brought it to the fore was the change in ordination standards to allow the ordination of non-celibate (practicing) gay and lesbian pastors.
Be careful who you punish Remember Many vocal Lutheran "Christians" have suggested withholding benevolence funds from the ELCA because they are angry about the vote taken last summer that allows gays to be ordained. Their anger is misdirected. The ELCA funds go for such things as missions, hunger, disaster relief, and other help for the hungry and poor. Starving the hungry will not change last summer's vote. Last Sunday, members of Trinity Lutheran of Cyrus gave over $7,000 (including matched funds) to Haiti earthquake victims through Lutheran World Relief.
Do not support 'cap and trade' Please do not support "cap and trade" and other laws in response to global warming concerns. I believe the scientists who say that any action by people will do little to affect global warming. But rapidly rising costs of energy will greatly hurt poor people and our economy. I believe the geologists who report that Minnesota has been covered by glaciers in the past. We know there are none here now and the weather that occurred to melt those glaciers happened before the invention of the coal furnace and the gasoline engine.