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The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to: jjones@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to: Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265

Thank you for ministerial support
It is once again my privilege to be able to work with the Clara City Ministerial Association in helping to organize this year's Praise Fest Concert. The past concerts have featured nationally recognized artists and this year is no different. This year's concert will be on Thursday July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Bunde Christian Reformed church and will feature Robin Mark. Robin is a Northern Irish Christian singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He travels throughout the United States spreading God's message through music from June through September before returning to Ireland. Robin has written several songs sung throughout the world. He is best known for his songs "When it's all Been Said and Done", Days of Elijah"' Revival" and many more. He has released thirteen albums in total with sales of over two million worldwide and has won the GMA's international award.

The Ministerial Association committee has worked very hard to stay focused on bringing great quality Christian entertainment into Clara City for the annual Praise Fest concert. And to continue bringing God's message through music the annual concert needs your support by attending these awesome concerts. Special thank you to those who have given financially to help sponsor this event. Only because of your generosity are these concerts possible.

—John Donner, Committee volunteer
Clara City

America to me
After recently talking with an Americanism Chairman and hearing her feelings about the program, I remembered this song. It was written in 1943 by Abel Meeropol under the pen name Lewis Allen and sung by Frank Sinatra in "The House I live In" (1945) which was a ten-minute short film written by Albert Maltz and produced by Frank Ross and Mervyn LeRoy. I feel the meaning of this song still rings true.

"The House I Live In, That's America To Me"

What is America to me?
A name, a map, or a flag I see
A certain world, democracy
What is America to me?

The house I live in
A plot of earth, the street
The grocer and the butcher
Or the people that I meet.

The children in the playground
The faces that I see
All the races and religions
That is America to me.

The place I work in
The worker by my side
The little town, the city
Where my people lived and died

The howdy and the handshake
The air a feeling free
And the right to speak your mind out loud
That's America to me.

The things I see about me
The big things and the small
That little corner news stand Or the house a mile tall

The wedding and the churchyard
The laughter and the tears
The dream that's been a growing
For more than a hundred years

The town I live in
The street, the house, the room
The pavement of the city
Or a garden all in bloom

The church, the school, the clubhouse
The million lights I see
Especially the people
That's America to me.

—Carol Norman, Americanism Chairman VFW Aux. 380
Montevideo

Twins Field for Kids
In January of 2012 Greg Schwaegrel and myself applied for a Twins Field for Kids $10,000.00 matching grant. We received the grant from the Twins because of the following organizations and businesses who were very supportive of this project and helped financially. The VFW Post 380, American Legion Post 59, Monte Youth Sports Club, Lac Qui Parle Lake Association, Minnwest Bank, Klein Bank, Co-op Credit Union, and KDMA Radio. Cenex provided the tractor and driver and hauled 10 loads of ag lime from Shakopee with a trailer provided by Schoeps. We also received donations from various individuals as well. Also, the city of Montevideo must be thanked as all of the work of hauling and spreading the ag lime on the varsity baseball field and Windom field was done by the city crew. We were able to put 7 loads of ag lime on the varsity baseball field and 3 loads on Windom field. The City Crew also removed the old fence at Windom field as a new fence was installed with this grant and donations. The total project was around $25,000.00. The Twins Field for Kids plaque will be placed at Windom field. Again, Greg and I thank all of the organizations, businesses, individuals and the City Crew for helping to make this project a great success.


—Doug Broich
Montevideo

Don't change yarn rule
As a business owner and the mayor of Montevideo, I know that U.S. trade policy has a substantial impact on our domestic economy and on job growth. I recently became aware of the Vietnamese government's insistence that the "yarn forward" rule of origin be stripped from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. I would like to express my hope that the U.S. Trade Representative will advocate in favor of strong textile rules in the final TPP.

It is imperative that the "yarn forward" rule be included in the final TPP agreement; strong textile rules will keep jobs in the U.S. and fortify our textile industry and economy. The "yarn forward" rule of origin has been a constant in U.S. free trade agreements for the past twenty five years. It requires that in order to be duty free, a garment or finished product must be sourced, from the yarn stage forward, from a country participating in the agreement. Yarn forward ensures that only participant countries reap the benefits of the free trade agreement.

Vietnam wants to replace the "yarn forward" rule with a "single transformation rule," which would allow them to source inexpensive textiles from China and export finished products to the U.S duty free. If the yarn-forward rule is eschewed, Vietnam's textile presence in the U.S. would increase from 7 percent of the market to 30 percent of the market. Further, the exclusion of "yarn forward" would result in the loss of 500,000 U.S. textile related jobs in the eight years after the agreement is finalized.

Our local leaders in Washington should consider signing on to the Textile Caucus letter, which urges the U.S. Trade Representative to maintain his position in favor of the inclusion of the "yarn forward" rule to preserve U.S. jobs and industry. It is important that he does all he can to keep jobs and industry on American soil!


—Debra Lee Fader
Montevideo