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Not government's responsibility
In regards to the article about the new school lunch program being mandated by the government, I question why it is the responsibility of the government to tell our schools what they can and cannot feed our children.

The government is not smart enough to figure out that you can't spend more money than what you take in, but they, in all of their infinite wisdom, can tell our schools what they should feed our children. Why not worry about the much bigger problems facing this country instead of worrying about my child getting two cups of fruit instead of one.

I highly doubt that there has ever been a child that has gotten obese by eating school lunches. Maybe, just maybe, it has more to do with what the child is eating or doing outside of school that is affecting the child's health, and that is the responsibility of us parents.

Our all-knowing government should be more concerned about this disastrous financial situation this country is in and keep their fingers out of other non-issues such as this. I am sure that the staff at our nation's schools are perfectly capable of deciding on their own what should be served for lunch today.

—Jesse Myers

Fond memories of Brookside
I was delighted to see the good article in the Montevideo American-News about your plans to replace Brookside Manor with a new up-to-date facility.

Brookside Manor has a special place in my memory. My mother, Mrs. Elma B. Campbell, worked closely with Mr. John Evans almost 50 years ago to develop the grant applications and to gain support of the Methodist Church that made Brookside Manor possible.

It was a happy day when approvals came through. And I remember touring the facility as it became finished and ready for its first occupants. It was an inspiration to me as a teenager to experience what can be done to meet the needs of our elderly neighbors. And it was instructive to me to realize that church values can be expressed in community service as well as in Sunday sermons.

One of these days I will find time and opportunity to visit my home town of Montevideo for two or three days to walk the streets and be again in my mind the youngster who lived such a rich young life at Sibley School, peddling newspapers, playing in the high school band, running the half-mile on the track team, biking everywhere, canoeing on the Chippewa River in the summer and ice skating on it in the winter. My memory is full of childhood experiences. Montevideo is a wonderful place to live and grow.

I salute your plan to replace Brookside Manor with a new and modern version. I am enclosing a small donation to further that good project.

—Warren M. Campbell
Northridge, Calif.

A leveled killing field
All the bluster about wolves being wanton killers that have wiped out half the Minnesota deer population is about as out-of-touch with reality as teary-eyed rants that anyone who wishes to kill a wolf should have their guns impounded or be imprisoned. C'mon!

What activity is more American than killing for money? This is what we're good at: ask any American tribe, the guys on the rooftops of Attica, the Black Panthers asleep in Chicago.

However, the quite troubling thing about the season that runs until January 31 is this — the 204 wolves killed so far in Minnesota put up everything. The whole she-bang, so to speak, is there on the line. The 6,000 permit buyers put up ... $30 each? That's a box of Winchester Ballistic Silvertip bullets. That's two cases of MGD. Come on folks! I say we keep the bullets-n-blood thing — because that's who we are — just tweak the game a little to make us some leveled killing fields:
• No killing wolves concurrent with deer seasons. No killing humans concurrent with bar closings or political rallies, or within the confines of public schools or movie theaters, by either party.
• If permit buyers are alone, they are to be on foot, with bow and arrow. If they choose to bring the whole family, as wolves do, they may us iron-sighted rifles.
• Prohibit coyote calls. That's like walking onto the Bloods turf in L.A., calling out a Crips chant, then killing whoever comes dashing out looking for intruders.
• Prohibit baiting. That's like the first Thanksgiving Native Americans calling out to starving Pilgrims, "Come and get it, dudes! We got food! And we're sharing!" And then killing them all.

These adjustments allow permit buyers to put up more than $30, and wolves to have a chance.

When I floated this leveled killing field idea past a few Vegas oddsmakers, they got visibly excited. A couple of the sharper ones I know immediately saw making book on combined total harvest — wolves and hunters — week by week, along with a big pot bet on the combined season harvest. Man, did they think that would draw a lot of traffic! Leave it to state DNR's to tap into this really big money; they'll find a way.

Now, to be perfectly honest, I have selfish motives: If Vegas gets cut in and I get recognized for suggesting this leveled killing field, they maybe, just maybe, my bookie will give me a few more months to pay up. I usually do better in baseball season when the Twins are on the field.

—Steve Larson