Readers’ Views

Joe Loughmiller for Ward 2

To the Editor:

The upcoming election for members of the Fairmont City Council is important to the future of our city. Joe Loughmiller is one of the candidates for Ward 2. By now, he has knocked on the doors of the residents in Ward 2. I have known Joe and his family for 20 years. He has a Ph.D. in animal science and swine nutrition and is employed in the animal nutrition industry. He and his family are active members of his church and he has served and currently serves in a leadership position in which he councils people with budgeting issues and has taught budgeting classes to families in the community. He is active in scouting and has two sons who have received their Eagle Scout Awards. He believes in being financially responsible, paying one’s way, and avoiding unnecessary debt. He will work with the other council members and the mayor to make Fairmont a better place in which to live and grow. I highly recommend you consider Joe Loughmiller for the councilor for Ward 2.

Michael W. Lundgreen


Vote pro-life

To the Editor:

We are only a few days away from our national election, and there are several issues at stake. Much criticism has been leveled at President Trump for his handling of this pandemic.

It is indeed a terrible disease. I should know as my sister and brother-in-law died back in August because of this virus. I understand that the numbers that have died of this virus are tragic.

With that said, I would like to move to a greater tragedy that is going on in this country and has been going on since Jan. 22, 1973, with the decision by the Supreme Court of Roe vs. Wade. That decision has taken a toll of 62 million babies. Yes, you read it right. If you don’t believe it, you can check the records. Abortion is taking far more lives every day than the virus has taken.

Every day here in the United States of America, we are killing 4,000 babies. That translates into 1,460,000 children murdered in one year. These unborn children are human beings, created by God Almighty. An extreme tragedy.

We see the federal government funding Planned Parenthood so they can continue to kill thousands of children every day. And we see Mr. Biden and his running mate promoting abortion. The Bible says in Proverbs 20:2, “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked are in power, they groan.”

To put this into perspective think of the city of Fairmont, with nearly 11,000 in population, being wiped off the face of the map every three days. That is what is going on with the abortion issue right now. Why aren’t the American people “up in arms” about this just as much as they are about the coronavirus?

We have a choice in this election. We have a president that is pro-life and we have a candidate who is supporting abortion, claiming that it is a “woman’s right” to have an abortion.

That is not true. The rights are for the baby in the womb. I want to challenge you, that if you claim to be a Christian, that you rethink your position when it comes to voting. I urge you to vote pro-life. Vote Republican.

Allen Burnham


Remember the past

To the Editor:

The Republican Party’s goal is to win Minnesota for the first time since 1972. I remember that election. The Richard Nixon-Spiro Agnew ticket also ran on the slogan “law and order.”

Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace on Oct. 10, 1973. After months of maintaining his innocence, he pleaded “no contest” to a charge of federal income tax evasion in exchange for dropping charges of political corruption.

On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the only U.S. president to ever resign from office. However, the fix was in. Nixon was immediately pardoned of all criminal activity by Gerald Ford, the House Republican leader appointed to replace Agnew as vice president.

John Mitchell, Nixon’s 1968 campaign manager, then served as U.S. Attorney General (top cop). He again served as chairman of Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign. Due to multiple crimes committed in the Watergate affair, Mitchell was sentenced to prison in 1977. He served 19 months, the only U.S. Attorney General to serve a prison sentence. Law and order.

Ronald Reagan, perhaps the most revered Republican president of my lifetime, once said: “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” He referred to Russia as “the evil empire.”

Famous philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”

Ronald J. Peck

North Mankato


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