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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 25, 2013

  • 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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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 numb...
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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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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
    Manipulation of minorities
    When President Obama stepped up to the microphone Friday following the Zimmerman trial, I had hoped he would use his position as the first black president to unite the nation. What a disappointment! He used that moment to incite further division.
    He was/is manipulative, condescending and resentful and I can't understand why. He went to an exclusive school in Hawaii, fancy colleges, became a lawyer, and was elected to state and national office. He could have used that life as an inspiration to young people; he could have used his life as an example of what can be accomplished here and only here, but he just couldn't do it.
    Why did he want to be President of the United States if he doesn't like Americans? He talked about an America that doesn't exist. It's disturbing to feel that my President doesn't stand with me and isn't proud to be my President. That speech showed a lack of respect for all Americans regardless of skin color.
    I have yet to hear President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson talk about the young people being murdered every day in our inner cities. Where is their feigned outrage about that? Young people are being slaughtered by other young people and they say nothing because it doesn't fit their narrative! If you were to believe what these men say, you would never know that this nation overcame slavery, segregation, etc. In my opinion, these men, among others, hold onto their power by purposely manipulating minorities. If all you hear is that your life is hopeless because the deck is stacked against you, you're bound to believe it and resent the phantom society holding you back.
    Well, I'll give the President some credit. He has diverted our attention from the real problems/scandals before us: unemployment, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, etc., etc., etc. Good job, Mr. President.
    —Patti Hahn
    Montevideo
    Disc golf taking flight
    This past weekend the communities of Montevideo and Granite Falls hosted the 2013 Monte-Granite Riverfront Disc Classic.
    The event began on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Lagoon Park with a skills clinic that was attended by a number of people ranging in age from 5 to 67, and then the Classic play began at 2 p.m. People later came out to Wegdahl County Park for supper and an entertaining evening of creative disc golf throwing and s'mores. Sunday morning play resumed at 10 a.m. in Rice Park and the Disc Classic wrapped up at noon.
    Page 2 of 3 - Events like this take many people to make it happen and Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) would like to thank both the cities of Montevideo and Granite Falls for maintaining the disc golf courses, Mary Gillespie from Frog's on the Footbridge in Granite Falls for sponsoring the Wegdahl portion of the event, Gotta Go, Gotta Throw from Golden Valley, for sponsoring some of the prize money, to Art's Dairy Freeze of Montevideo for sponsoring a match for free small ice cream cones for the people participating in the skills clinic.
    We would like to thank a few individuals who helped with this event: Marc and Henry Dissell from the Monte Disc Golfer's group for organizing and volunteering, Steve Virnig and Scott Wold from the River's Edge Disc Golf Course in Granite Falls, and the instructors of the skill's clinic on Saturday morning for volunteering their time to engage and teach community members about the sport of disc golfing. Instructors were Nick Mentele, Standburg, S.D.; Henry Dissell, Montevideo; Mike Jaspersen, Alexandria; Colin Hahn and Justin Samson, who are both from Sioux Falls, S.D. With their expertise we were able to teach the forehand, backhand, putting and roller techniques.
    None of this would have been possible without a "Connect for Health Challenge" grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. This grant helped financially support the installation for the two courses along with community partners and provided the program dollars for this event.
    —Sarina Otaibi
    CURE, Montevideo
    Please help me fight diabetes
    My best friend Adam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a few years ago. A short time later, Adam's little buddy Carson was diagnosed as well. As a friend, I want to do what I can to help find a cure for this disease.
    That is why I am joining Adam and Carson's team, ACDC — Adam Carson for Diabetes Cure, for a 100-mile bike ride on Aug. 17 to raise awareness and funds to find a cure.
    As a team member, I need to raise $2,000. I am asking you to support me in this important cause that is close to my heart.
    A man whom I respect recently shared a quote that I am learning to live by: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
    To donate online, got to www.ride.jdrf.org and search for a rider, or you can mail a check to me made payable to JDRF. My address is 302 S. 19th St., Montevideo, MN 56265. All donations are tax deductible. Questions? Call (320) 226-2368.
    —Derek Bruns
    Montevideo
    Thanks for your support
    On behalf of ACDC Roadies (Adam, Carson for a Diabetes Cure), we with to thank Bill's Supermarket and Cenez for allowing us to run a car wash/brat fundraiser at their businesses on Friday.
    Page 3 of 3 - We also thankWalMart for the gift card to purchase supplies and the many kind people who supported our fundraiser with their generous donations.
    Our local riders have committed to raising $20,000 and will participate in the JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) Ride to Cure Diabetes, a 100-mile bike ride in LaCrosse, Wis., on Aug. 17. This ride raises awareness and the funds needed to support the research required to find a cure!
    Thank you for helping us to meet our goal.
    —Pam Bruns
    Montevideo

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