Readers’ Views

Getting closer to goal

To the Editor:

Project 1590 subcommittee “Kids Just Want to Have Fun” would like to acknowledge and thank Martin County Area Foundation for the recent grant of $3,900. This money will assist in the purchase and installation of an indoor play structure in Five Lakes Centre.

With this grant, we have raised $35,781. Our goal for project completion is $50,000. To reach our final number, we have several pending grants and continual online donations through our Facebook page “Indoor Playground at the Mall,” as well as donations being dropped off at Fairmont City Hall.

We once again thank Martin County Area Foundation for its contribution toward this project.

Laura Olsen, president

“Kids Just Want to Have Fun”


Must protect borders

To the Editor:

Immigration — the word conjures up sentimental images of bundled-up newcomers arriving on our shores with little more than the clothes on their backs, poor in possessions but rich in hope.

These early immigrants were eager to work hard and tirelessly, ready to throw off the old country and embrace the freedom and independence of the American dream. They were great-great-grandparents, the colonizers, founders, builders and entrepreneurs who braved the unknown to help build the greatest country in the history of the world. They were the personification of the American dream. It’s a heartwarming picture, but the reality of modern immigration policy presents a much starker vision and a bleak reality.

Today, the word immigration takes on an entirely different meaning and requires a very different response. Because of massive immigration policy changes over 30 years ago, the face of immigration has changed. Instead of hardworking craftsmen eager to assimilate, immigrants are most often unskilled and uneducated, overwhelming our already burdened public health and education services. Instead of economic contributors, they are frequently financial drains. Instead of social contributors, they are often cultural isolationists. Instead of political assets, they are habitually political pawns. Instead of defenders of our country, they can be threats to our national security. It’s the looting of the American dream.

“A nation without borders is not a nation.” — Ronald Reagan

We must protect our borders and be more concerned about who we let in and how many.

Paul Westrum

Albert Lea

Give thanks to God

To the Editor:

‘Tis the season of Thanksgiving! A great time to reflect on all the blessings God has shown us! (Ephesians 1: 15-23) Hopefully, every one of us remembers, no matter what we’re thankful for, that God is at the heart of all blessings. Without God, there is no true and everlasting blessing but only temporary emotion that will fade away. (Romans 15: 1-9)

Though many of us will give God some lip service during this time of year, very few of us will show our thankfulness year round. (Deuteronomy 28: 1-14) God wants us to show our gratitude to him each and every day, but many of us are too self absorbed in ourselves to give the credit where it is truly due or aren’t quite sure how to show our gratitude to God. While God may not have made us all preachers or teachers to proclaim his word directly to others on a daily bases, he did however give everyone some sort of talent to use. These talents and abilities can be such attributes as a singing voice, maintenance ability, financial prowess, leadership, honesty, kindness, etc. Every attribute we as individuals possess comes from God and can be used to bring glory to him and give him thanks each and every day! (1 Corinthians 12: 12-27)

When we misuse these blessings from God for our own selfish gain, self-gratification, let them go to waste or even worse, think they are from our own doing, we distance ourselves from God. (Matthew 16:26) When we do not give all the glory to God; we don’t show him proper thanks for all he has done for us and we can’t be a light to the world showing the greatness of God! (Matthew 5: 1-16)

So this Thanksgiving season, give God the credit for all the blessings in your life and, if you’re not already doing so, strive to give him thanks every day by using your time, talents and treasures to glorify him.

Anthony Scheff