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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor - Thursday, August 1, 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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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
    Take precautions when driving
    The Southwest Central Safe Communities Coalition meets following any fatal crash in our community. The focus of this meeting is to identify contributing factors of a crash and make recommendations on how a similar crash may be prevented in the future.
    The Coalition would like to remind drivers of a few basic safety precautions they can take:
    • Always buckle up, even when driving short distances on well known roads.
    • When driving on rural roads, obey stop signs as well as other traffic signs. They are there to protect you!
    • Always look for oncoming traffic and slow down at all intersections when meeting another vehicle.
    • Be aware and alert at all times. Drive defensively.
    • Remember that a child is required to be in a child safety seat up to 8 years of age.
    • Alcohol and driving do not mix; if you drink do not drive.
    No one leaves home for the day with the thought that they may never return home. Take a few simple steps to increase your chances of making it home to your family tonight.
    The Fatal Review Committee would like to extend their sympathy to those families who have lost a loved one on our roadways and hope these efforts prevent future traffic fatalities from occurring.
    Ryan Barney, MnDOT D8
    Derek Olson, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dept.
    Steve Kubista, Chippewa County Highway Engineer
    Wendy Augeson, RN, Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital
    Natasha Haukos, Countryside Public Health
    Erik Shelstad, MD,
    Chippewa County Coroner
    Kristin Boike, PHN, Countryside Public Health
    —Southwest Central Safe Communities Coalition
    Clarification on Communion
    On behalf of my congregation, I am responding to the article of Thursday, July 11, page 6A regarding the differences between church positions and practices in Holy Communion.
    Overall, the article was correct regarding common distinctions found between Catholic and Protestant churches. However, the final paragraph made a sweeping generalization that is untrue, stating that a Protestant may take communion at any other Protestant church.
    Several Protestant church bodies commune either only those of their own church body or at times only those within a local congregation. A few other variances could be noted. Although local practice does not always follow official theological position, Southern Baptist standards restrict communion to Southern Baptists.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, of which I am a pastor, communes those in our own Synod as well as welcoming communicant members from 34 other church bodies worldwide with whom we have full agreement in doctrine and practice (altar and pulpit fellowship). Our positions are in accordance with Biblical and historical theological understanding and practice. They do not, as some charge, infer or portray those outside of our communion of being unsaved.
    However, since the Bible does establish common understanding of Christian belief and doctrine as part of the communion privilege, we hold fast to this standard. Other matters of faith also apply, but this is not the place for such discussion.
    In conclusion, there are multiple reasons why some Protestant churches hold a communion standard that goes beyond essentially “we are not Catholic.” Such basis for communion fellowship, as the article of July 11 infers, is not as universally practiced as described.
    —Rev. Ron Hobbie
    St. John’s Lutheran Church Montevideo
    JDRF is a team effort
    Technology is a wonderful thing, but I found myself in a bit of trouble last week.
    Long story short, I inadvertently emailed my son’s personal fundraising letter for his individual commitment to ride in a Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) bike ride event. I meant only to attach a letter thanking those who supported our recent JDRF team car wash fundraiser, which also appeared in the paper.
    Don’t get me wrong, we appreciate the support, but it is a “team” effort and I did not intend for it to appear that Derek was making it an individual effort.
    —Pam Bruns
    Montevideo

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