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 Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published.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

You can think for yourself

I don’t believe any of us like the choice(s) we have to make on Nov. 8, 2016, to elect a new president, and many others we hope to have represent us — not themselves.

One thing is real clear. The history of the United States and our American way of life are up for vote and decision. Liberal, leftist conditions and issues now control too much of our society. We are a nation under God. We need to remember and honor that.

The left has tried to steal our heritage, its values and has really pushed us all through “political correctness” to shut up and put up. We need to dig out the truth, stand up for what we believe in and understand this is a pivot point for our society and nation; our American way of life and value system.

Donald Trump is not very likable. He’s a sinner just like all of us. So are the leftists. We all sin, but let’s try not to be evil. Lying under oath, killing Navy Seals, messing with our national security, destroying evidence e-mails, messaging devices used for secure messages, and other sins of severe indiscretion are also evil. We need to understand evil and not bring it to further power.

Please understand, there is so much at stake. Use your vote and privilege to vote well. We have soldiers who have died and still are for your privilege. Pray for them and the values they support.

—Dave Swenson


Children’s lives need priority

The  Sept. 15 “Stand up and be counted”  writer says: “I hear many potential voters coming to a feeling of disgust, disappointment and resignation that they may not even vote in this election.”

I ask the voters to put aside these feelings for a while and vote for the safety of innocent children. Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) are in favor of legalized killing of babies.

I am not a Trump fan, but common respect and a normal conscience tells us that children’s lives certainly need to have priority over economic policies.

In the recent news was the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Here is what she said at a 1994 National Prayer Breakfast with President Clinton and Hillary in attendance: “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

George Orwell once said: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

—Phil Drietz


Am I the only concerned one?

When will be ever hear candidates talk about substantial issues?

Am I the only one concerned about open or secure borders? Note: We’re now without any kind of borders. A border official told me, “I wish I could do my job by following existing law.”

Am I the only one wishing to rebuild our military, be it arms, foreign secret service or wireless? Note: We used to be a proud and trusted ally to many countries.

Am I the only one that wants our Constitution to be followed to the letter? Note: The left nominates judges who will advance their liberal and/or progressive agenda. It’s called being politically correct or legislating from the bench.

Am I the only one who wants to protect the right of citizens to own firearms? Note: If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he/she doesn’t buy one. If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he/she wants guns outlawed, incrementally.

Am I the only one who wants life protected from conception to natural death, called “right to life?” Note: Instead of “life” issues, we find more ways to kill the unprotected.

Am I the only one who longs to hear candidates who will reduce or freeze our government’s spending? Note: The elected will never have enough money, ever. The word “tax” is always camouflaged with “investments or fees or fair share or grants or revitalized or balanced budgets.” They all mean more

Am I the only one who notices how the liberals talk tolerance, but are actually intolerant. Pick a subject like religious beliefs. Solution — character assassination, sue and restrain.

So, how are you voting? You should know two things first. Polls are taken to make policy and demoralize conservative supporters. Note: Paul Harvey was truthful by calling his broadcast “News and Views.” Second, the Republican candidate has one source of support, but the Democrat has two — her supporters and the media.

—Lyle Henning


Swim Montevideo!

Sarah Hansen wrote an article on the “Ten Benefits of Swimming You May Not Know About.”

Swimming improves muscle definition and strength.

Swimming builds up bone mass.

Swimming helps you stay flexible.

Swimming reduces inflammation.

Swimming holds its own for calories burned.

Swimming can improve exercise-induced asthma.

Swimming lowers stress and depression.

Swimming may just lengthen your life.

Salt-water swimming can be a beauty treatment for skin.

Swimming can make you smarter.

 Being curious I pulled up high school enrollment numbers for the schools Montevideo swims against at the boys section tournament. Willmar, 1344 students; St Cloud Apollo, 1335; Sauk Rapids/Rice, 1268; Hutchinson, 945; Melrose/Sauk Centre, 865; Sartell, 861; Rocori, 857; Dassel- Cokato/Litchfield, 654; and Montevideo, 452.

Montevideo is less than half the size of most of the schools we swim against. Montevideo is lucky to have a pool, great coaches and school board support.

Montevideo has consistently and for many years sent swimmers to the state tournament. Many Montevideo swimmers have received athletic scholarships. Montevideo hopes to send several athletes to the state tournament this winter season. Montevideo swimming has always prided itself as being a supportive swim team family, especially for younger swimmers.  

If you want your young athlete to succeed, have a lifelong sport and have a great chance at a state event, swim!

Congratulations to the girls swim team on their season.

—Mark Hein


Our country’s future is at stake

Last week someone responded to Steve Emery’s excellent letter from the week before, which has inspired me to respond to her letter in this busy harvest season. There is so much to respond to, but I will keep it as short as I can.

The attempt to correlate the similarities between Christians and Muslims is mindboggling. They in no way are the same. We do not kill homosexuals. We do not set fire to non-believers or put them in cages and submerse them in water until they are drowned. There is so much to add, but I think you get the point.

And yes, homosexuality is condemned in the Bible. It calls it an abomination.

Global warming is absolutely unequivocally not a fact at all. Global warming at best is a consensus, by Democrats in high places. It is a vast left wing conspiracy to control people. That is all it is.

Communist countries and dictatorships use this scheme on their people. I wonder why? If we elect Hillary, we can expect her to try to do the same to us. So far we have talked about Christianity, Muslim influences, and now we’re on the religion of environmentalism! I wonder which one makes the most sense?

Franklin Graham, Jeffy Falwell Jr., Dr. Robert Jeffers, and many black pastors have all come out for Trump. That should tell us something. They are all worried about the Supreme Court appointments. By now we know how corrupt the Clinton machine works because we have seen it before They wait till just a short time before the election and dump hard-to-defend accusations on their opponents. It has happened again.

They know that Christians and conservatives are good at crucifying their own. Yes, Trump is flawed, but compared to Hillary, he’s a saint. The corruption she has done with no regard to American security would put you and I in prison for life had we done what she did.

Time is short before the election. I urge all like-minded people to seek out others who probably don’t have all the facts to vote for Trump. Probably talking with last week’s writer would be a waste of time. Move on to the next person.

In conclusion, the future of our country is at stake. Do we want more and more government control of our lives? Or do we want to be the best we can be in our own way under the greatest Constitution ever drafted? Clinton brings us down. Trump brings us up.

—Rodney Jans


Let’s be civil about election

Please, can we have a return to civility in Montevideo, at our local level, during the 2016 election?

People are reporting to me that all types of  signs are being stolen from their yards and found destroyed in the streets, or not found at all.

“Official duty” Montevideo Mayor car magnets were taken from my vehicle, one was re­turned in the middle of the night, but the other is still missing.

By the way, these magnets were not paid with taxpayer money, they were paid for by me, personally. Please return.

There are other undermining and unkind actions being taken — too many to mention. However, it does concern me as your mayor, because local taxes paid for by all of us are being abused in order to further political agendas.

Please demonstrate kindness during these last days before we all gather together as a nation to vote. Please remember, our children and grandchildren are watching. They are also listening.

—Debra Lee Fader