I received a phone call from a guy drumming for money to aid veterans. He got into his script a ways when I had to interrupt him. I have the utmost respect for the service one gives to their country. These people do the dirty work for our government. They risk the ultimate sacrifice, being maimed for the rest of their lives. To suffer pain daily — physical and emotional — and being less employable as well as the difficulty of fitting in.
A while back I wrote an open letter to then Sen. Al Franken chastising him for being a lout. I laid out steps he would have to take for me to forgive him and move on. Instead he chose to quit. One guy jumped on my bandwagon to write a letter going so far as calling Franken deplorable. The writer professed to be a conservative family values male. I quote from his letter: "Liberal men were given a pass on every immoral behavior under the sun as long as they supported abortion."
I was with a group of people when the topic of gun control came up. I asked a young adult what his take was. He said there is no reason for civilians to have military-type weapons. A guy in the group (60-something) bellowed out, "Let them try to take my guns away and we'll see what happens." It will take the enactment of laws to change the norm. But this should not be a political issue as much as how do we show our children (through our actions) that we care about their safety and lives.
I read the letter by Darlene Martinson Ross of March 21. One thing jumped out at me, she watches PBS. Instantly, here esteem was elevated in my eyes. She says she watched a drama called "I, Claudius" then likened it to today's news. She goes on to say she shares my dismay over our current governing and now I can be reassured that ancient Rome also had Caligula.
I read Ruben Navarrette's piece in the Feb. 6 West Central Tribune. He expresses his frustration over people calling Trump's policy on immigration and refugees as "un-American." He cites many examples in American history when we have acted similarly. Another myth that leaves me shaking my head is America is founded on Christian values "...all men are created equal..." Some of the framers of the document these words are written on owned slaves. A Christian value?
In the Nov. 21 letter by Phil Drietz, responding to my letter addressing the disrespect males show to females in this culture in west central Minnesota, I feel he is poo-pooing the issue. He states some outside influences as reasons why males disrespect females. I see this as shifting the responsibility from parents and the community to elsewhere. The problem of mistreatment of females is steeped in this culture.
Finally! "Gasp!" The get out to vote for your favorite rodent has mercifully come to an end. I would like to write about a different kind of animal. This one stands on two legs. I have known a young lady for 30 years who was married as a teen. Her husband was abusive. After several years they divorced. She has a relationship with another male (notice I did not say "man") who is also abusive. I asked her, "Why do you tolerate this kind of behaviour from these apes?" She replied, "Because there is nothing else." Isn't that a sad testimony?
In the Oct. 4 letter written by Helen Beekman, she states Obama and Clinton have single-handedly destabilized the Middle East. Perhaps Ms. Beekman is too young to remember the events leading up to that historical era.
For many decades I have opposed America's military involvement in other countries' civil disputes, even if the ruling party is ruthless. I conclude that the people have the government they deserve. So after this year's presidential election, I will repeat: You people have the government you deserve. For many years I have not been able to connect with either the Democrat Party nor the Republican Party. For just as many years I have stated both parties make up the evil empire. Other countries must be laughing at us, as they should.
Recently I was riding with a friend on the farm he and his siblings were raised on. We are in our 60s. They are renting out the tillable land. Through...