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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, February 20

  • 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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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
    Valuable lessons from history
    In the 1930s the government in Germany participated in following the course of registration of all firearms. The government at the time was the liberal Weimar Republic. No one was overly suspicious of the government’s motivation and all the law abiding German people came in and dutifully registered their firearms as directed, including the German Jewish citizens. Everyone should have lived happily ever after since Germany at that time was not a society which is as crime ridden as ours has become.
    Then things drastically changed and a charismatic leader appeared. Enthralled, the people and the government changed radically. The leader was Adolf Hitler, and the government The National Socialists, who took over in 1933. Now who had control of the registration records of every legal firearm and owner in Germany? Quickly, the Nazis used these records to politically target and disarm those they considered enemies of the state. Who were these enemies of the state? Any other political party in Germany and most particularly the Jewish Germans who, being exemplary citizens, all came forward with registration information.
    A couple of lessons should be observed from this sorry tale. The first being to never, ever completely trust the government, no matter how benign they seem to be. Our founding fathers did not trust government and built in all kinds of constitutional safeguards, including the Second Amendment because they discerned the fallen nature of mankind. The second being to never allow yourself as gun owners, or your firearms, to be registered as long as you have breath.
    You may say that Germany and we are of course different. May I counter by saying Germany at that time consisted of people that were just as well educated, just as moral and just as religious as our society in our best days.
    —Doug Hodge
    Montevideo
    Sportsmanship was exemplary
    This is my 16th season as a MSHSL Dance Team Official, and I was recently honored again to be selected as a state tournament official for this past weekend’s MSHSL State Dance Team Tournament at the Target Center. I want to recognize the Class A High Kick, Section 3A teams and fans from Montevideo, Yellow Medicine East and Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson Boyd on their excellent display of sportsmanship during the High Kick Finals portion of this event.
    Page 2 of 2 - For those of you that weren’t there, it was a 1-2-3 sweep into finals for section 3A, meaning that out of the six available spots in the Class A High Kick Finals, three of those spots were filled with these section 3A teams. These three teams and their fans cheered each other on so loudly and proudly... it was an amazing thing to see and hear. It’s not something we as officials see every day, and so I want to recognize this great display of sportsmanship in your respective communities. Believe me, making it to State in dance team is a great accomplishment, and making it to finals is an even bigger success. Other fans and officials could see how proud you all were of your teams.
    Some of these same teams helped to cheer on the local dance teams that made it to state during the Jazz Event on Friday as well.
    I had the privilege this season to officiate many area dance team meets, and along the way, I really noticed the support for and friendship with so many of these area dance team programs.
    Kudos to your teams, and your coaches and your fans section 3A on such stellar sportsmanship.
    —Melissa Jacobs Erp
    MSHSL Dance Team Official

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