John H. Burns
Have you noticed that this paper, the West Central Tribune, now requires payment from any of its readers who offer a letter for publication regarding any candidate for any elective office, from dog catcher to president and for any ballot issue from the least to the most important? Have you also noticed that this paper has a monopoly as the only daily paper in our area?
Why would any American honor a traitor against the United States who shared responsibility for the slaughter of countless Americans? Why would any decent American display the flag of treason against our country? In Charlottesville, Va., a proposal to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a first-class traitor, set off a violent riot by an assortment of white racists that murdered one woman and injured many others.
The front page of the July 11 edition of this newspaper is festooned with the headline "Board, Baker discuss education successes." A sub-headline quotes Republican Rep. Dave Baker telling the Willmar School Board, "I'm pretty proud of what we got done this year in education." Baker's self-serving words drip with an irony that verges on Orwellian doublespeak. In fact, Baker along with fellow Republican Tim Miller voted with other Republicans to actually cut state funding for our children's education.
Why did Reps. Dave Baker and Tim Miller and Sen. Andrew Lang vote in favor of the big tobacco companies and against the health of our children? These three Republicans each voted at least twice to follow the wishes of Big Tobacco to freeze the tobacco tax, which has the effect of lowering that tax over time. The cigarette industry must continually recruit new smokers to replace the smokers that their product kills off.
I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Willmar voters chose the high road by electing Fernando Alvarado, Kathy Schwantes and Julie Asmus to the Willmar City Council. Their strong victory margins are a clear mandate to the council to avoid the pettiness and obstructionism of the past. Ward 3 voters should be particularly commended for electing Alvarado by a wide margin and thereby decisively rejecting his opponent's appeal to bigotry.
Donald Trump is the worst and most dangerous presidential candidate of a major political party in American history. Trump is a weak man who will weaken the U.S. Vote for Clinton-Kaine if for no other reason than to avoid disaster.
Stop the presses. New flash: Trump concludes that President Obama really was born in the U.S., big news. Did he ever believe the right-wing racist hoax that Obama was born in Kenya, which was so popular with those who could not believe that Americans had twice elected a black man as president? Of course not, but this ploy brought him the attention he craves, advanced his presidential ambitions, and brought white racists into his basket of deplorable supporters.
Once upon a time in a faraway country there was a man called Adolf. The people in that country were not very happy. There had been a big war, and their country had lost the war. People weren't feeling so proud of their country anymore. Many grownups couldn't find jobs, so they couldn't buy things for their children. The prices of things at the store kept getting higher and higher every day. People couldn't even afford to buy milk for their children.
Had enough? Guns don't kill people, but people with guns kill people, and themselves. The numbers tell part of the story. In 2015 Americans used guns to kill an average of about 36 of their fellow Americans per day, about 13,000 for the year, while injuring another 27,000. Police shot and killed around 1,000 Americans civilian in 2015, and so far more than 500 this year.
In a recent letter appearing on this page, Republican State Sen. Torrey Westrom warns against allowing Syrian refugees to settle in Minnesota. He joins with other Republicans in stirring up...