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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, September 12, 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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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
     
    World peace
    Crimes against humanity. Weapons of mass destruction.
    Leaders abound who wish to scare free countries into rhetoric, postures and threats and feeling they have to carry out “peace.”
    Barack Obama and many others gave Bush and Bush all kinds of bad press and remarks and chiseling at character. Now the shoe is on the other foot.
    How do we Americans deal with this?
    One lesson was judge not lest ye be judged. Sometimes bullies have to have their bluff called.
    Being the leader or in leadership roles of the greatest country in the world and being the leader of the free world are awesome experiences.
    Thought, prayer and good judgement are needed. What do you think?
    —Dave Swenson
    Montevideo
    Misogynistic youth in Monte?
    I once went to Casey’s to visit a friend working. We began a conversation on why we both wish to move out of Montevideo. I sarcastically remarked that Monte was a cesspool of ignorance and misogyny.
    Just then a young man graced our conversation with his “clever” input: “Yeah, and whores!” I was certain anyone listening to our conversation felt the wave of stupidity that statement had produced. I asked him if he was serious and sadly he was. I was careful not to laugh; he would assume I was laughing at his statement and not at irony in the situation.
    This wasn’t the only time I’ve seen of this kind of behavior in Montevideo. I still hear some of the gossip and rumors being spread by the youth, social media being the main source. The word I hear/see the most is the hateful word “slut”.  A young man made a Facebook status stating that women these days have no self-respect because they’re “too easy”. Any sensible person knows that self-respect isn’t measured by a single factor, and for some their sexual life isn’t even a factor. He continues to say that it’s ludicrous to think men will take you serious if you’re not a virgin, all they’ll want is sex.  Women’s personality and interest don’t really matter, only their virginity (sarcasm). Also he states that anything one woman does reflects on all women. Yes, women aren’t individuals and must consider how their actions would affect the reputation of all women (again, sarcasm). As a Hispanic, this last comment infuriates me. Am I to be judged by actions of other Hispanics?
    Page 2 of 2 - This type of mentality is not exclusive to Montevideo. The recent outrage of Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance is a good example. I’m not defending her, but my problem is that people are more upset with her act being “slutty” as compared to it being racist, but I won’t get into that. How come no one is mad at Thicke for letting her “twerk” on him. Isn’t he just as guilty? It’s apparently acceptable for married men to allow women to gyrate on them but adult women can’t do anything sexual.
    Why do we make people feel bad for the choices they make if they’re not harming anybody? If your argument is “they’re harming themselves,” you’re wrong. It is your self-righteous judgment that is harming them. If you think you’re helping by putting them down, making them believe their body is an object, and making them feel insecure, you’re wrong.
    Haven’t we’ve come far enough as humans to put an end to this kind of sexist attitude?
    —Tony Garcia
    Montevideo
    Thanks to Parkview Ford
    Thank you does not begin to express how grateful we are to Bob and Diane Kruse and the staff at Parkview Ford for hosting the Drive 4 UR School on Friday, Sept. 6.  
    The entire staff at Parkview was outstanding to work with and made it a great day.
    Thank you also to the 200 households that had someone come out and test drive a Ford.  With that number, Ford will be donating $4,000 to the Montevideo Athletic Department. Those funds will be used to offset a part of the cost of uniforms for our teams, allowing us to continue to replace uniforms when necessary.
    —Bob Grey
    Montevideo

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