Readers’ Views

Veterans back Trump

To the Editor:

Don and Harriett Richards: You quoted President Trump as saying veterans are “suckers” and “losers.” Did you hear him say that? Do you know who said he said that? We know of individuals who were very close to him and never heard him say that.

We do know what President Trump has done for veterans:

1. He created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.

2. His administration is holding VA employees accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted and suspended so far.

3. President Trump issued an executive order requiring the secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.

4. He signed the VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.

5. President Trump signed the measure funding prevention programs for veterans suicide.

Veterans appreciate what President Trump has done for us.

Dennis Madsen, Steve Langford, Mel Langford, Ron Malo, Lauren Tesdahl and LeRoy Diekmann,

all veterans

Your vote counts

To the Editor:

You have a right to vote. Minnesota laws make it easy and safe for you to exercise that right to vote this fall, 2020.

There are three ways to vote here in Fairmont. 1) Go to the Armory at 700 N. Fairlakes Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 2) Go to the Martin County Courthouse any day of the week from now until and on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. You can even vote from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the courthouse. 3) You can mail in your ballot. To mail in a ballot, fill out a 2020 Minnesota Absentee Ballot application. Mail that application into the county. The county will send you a ballot. Fill out the ballot and mail it back to the county. That is it. Simple. Remember, every vote counts. Your vote is important. Thank you.

Peter Engstrom


How about respect?

To the Editor:

My husband has ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, and both World War I and II.

I knew a World War II vet who was at the liberation of a German death camp. He worked to help save those he could. What he witnessed, he took with him forever.

We need to remember and be thankful for all of our service men and women who have and are still serving our country.

For our military people to be called “losers and suckers” is unfathomable. What was in it for them? How about courage, dignity and the respect, and sometimes their lives, to keep us and those without a voice safe.

Karla Gartzke

Blue Earth

Feehan won’t respond

To the Editor:

Without success, I’ve tried to reach out to Democrat Dan Feehan, candidate for the First Congressional District, about his position on abortion. (Will he answer any of our concerns if in office?) So I have to assume he is taking the Democratic Party stance of supporting abortion at all stages of development, including at birth. Therefore, he is against abortion clinics being inspected for cleanliness and safety; he’s against a woman’s right to know; he’s against parental notification; he’s against abortionists’ need to have hospital admitting rights in the case of complications; and he supports allowing a baby who survives the abortion (in 2019, three babies in Minnesota survived), to be denied care and allowed to die of neglect. If so, this is appalling.

Our two senators, Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar, also have these views and pushed to have abortions paid for by us taxpayers, irregardless of our personal views and wishes.

Feehan is endorsed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who allowed abortion clinics to operate as usual during the pandemic shutdown, but did not allow hospitals to offer other elective lifesaving surgeries.

Republican Congressman Jim Hagedorn has been a steadfast supporter of the sanctity of life and will continue to do so. In fact, all of our local Republican candidates are pro-life supporters, including Bjorn Olson, Julie Rosen, Jason Lewis, Michelle Fischbach and others.

Go to the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life website, www.mccl.org for more information and a voters guide. Vote to save lives.

Mavis Hilpipre

Blue Earth

Voters: Pay attention

To the Editor:

The election is just around the corner. If you’re not registered to vote, get to the courthouse. Call (507) 238-3211 so you have the right documents with you. Get registered. You can even vote early.

This is an important election, not only for our country, but also for Fairmont. We want to elect people who want what’s best for our country and what’s best for Fairmont, not those with their own personal agenda.

When you vote early or at the polls, listen for the instructions and read the ballot. Let’s have zero spoiled ballots.

Charlene McMillan



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