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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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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: mmilbrandt@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265

A Tale of Two Mikes

1. Months ago a Muslim guy was publicly hassled in Monte, and weeks ago a Jewish guy was also publicly hassled in Monte. Not good. Who’s next? The Lutherans? (Martin Niemoller, 1946, “They Came For Me”).

  2. I graduated from Monte HS in 1971 and my parents promptly banished me to St. Olaf. Prior Monte American Publishers/Editors Jack and Norma Mills gave me a year’s subscription as a graduation gift - been reading it for at least a few decades.

  3. Mike Milbrandt’s 12 April “My Two Cents” is the best Monte editorial I have read, ever, worthy of the late Paul Gruchow.

  4. Mike Jacob’s 12 April Letter to the Editor: The late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said “All politics is local.” I wasn’t in Monte for the meeting, but when you run for office, I will make certain accomodations.

  5. Both Mikes did well. We would all, myself included, do well to follow their leads in civility, empathy and objectivity. It is a Lutheran thing, but not exclusive to Lutherans.

  6. Please.

—David Larson

San Antonio, TX

Thank you

Curt Dowd...you responded to Governor Dayton’s reminder to be very positive and productive in our (Minnesota’s) ending of the current legislative session. You responded very positively, but also reminded us and he that he has been the disrupter in seven years of his stay at the Governor’s mansion and our chief elected official in the state of Minnesota. He needs this reminder as I and many others can recall years that he has brought the session to overtime continued or a special session as he didn’t conclude it was them.

  Last year was the greatest example as he ran off with millions of dollars scheduled to fund a or several veterans homes. In the last few minutes (I believe 10) he totally derailed the session and took the funds for pet projects and we were never fully able to understand where they went.

The best rumors were to create several political hack jobs at a high level within the state.

  Dear Governor we do pay attention and want you to behave like a real governor in your last months.

—Dave Swenson

Montevideo