Archive for Viewpoints

Celebrate human life; share God’s gifts

From: Helen Bunge
Mayer
Wednesday of this week, Jan. 22, will mark the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand for all nine months of pregnancy.
Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life (MCCL) will again sponsor the MCCL March for Life at our state capitol in St. Paul, Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon. This March commemorates 41 years of unborn babies killed by abortion.
Approximately 56 million little lives have been slaughtered under the death cry of “right to choose,” since 1973. We encourage pro-life citizens to brave the winter weather and join the March.
Pro-life laws are saving lives in Minnesota, and turning back the horrific culture of death. One example of this pro-life legislation is “Woman’s Right to Know,” which ensures that abortion-minded women are informed of basic abortion facts and alternatives. Another is “Positive Alternatives,” which provides grants to life-affirming organizations that help pregnant women in need.
But, we must add, the Minnesota Legislature passed seven MCCL-based pro-life measures during 2011 and 2012, and Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all of them.
In 2013 alone, a total of 42 US abortion centers have shut down. Fewer abortion clinics mean fewer unborn babies aborted. However, webcam abortions are taking place without the presence of a doctor, where the RU486 abortion drug is administered. We need to ban these Internet abortions, as the state of Iowa has done. This procedure has many health risks.
Through pregnancy care centers and other life-affirming organizations, we are teaching citizens the truth about the suffering abortion inflicts on unborn babies. Through ultrasound, mothers can see the life God has created within their womb. They can hear the heartbeat of their unborn babies.
As Christian citizens, we reach out with compassion and Christ’s love to those who are suffering spiritual consequences of past abortions. They feel their sin in unforgivable. But the Good News we can share with them comes from God’s Word: Jesus forgives sin.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to this universe to be born as a baby in Bethlehem, to become like one of us, to be the savior of the world. His love was demonstrated and confirmed on the cross, and His continued presence comes through the empty tomb. He lives! He forgives!
This is the hope we need to share, as we celebrate the sanctity of human life this week, and every day.

Keep paths clear for postal employees

From: Ann Joos
Postmaster, Winsted
Winter is back in full swing, with significant snow and ice for all of us to battle.
That means slippery surfaces, which can be dangerous and costly for homeowners, as well as for their visitors – including their letter carrier. By clearing a path when the snow arrives, accidents can be prevented.
We need our customers’ help. Letter carriers have hurt their knees or backs, or even suffered broken bones from falls on slippery surfaces.
Letter carriers are instructed to use good judgment when attempting to deliver to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. They are not allowed to dismount to make curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is hazardous because of snow or ice.
No one wants to inconvenience a customer. But we have to take every possible step to ensure the safety of our employees.
Some tips:
• Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes – at least 10 feet on both sides of the mailbox – so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up his or her vehicle.
• Walkways need to be cleared so as to allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips and falls.
• Steps – especially painted wood – must be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair.
• Overhangs must be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.
The best cure for an injury is to not have it occur in the first place. Please help your letter carrier provide you with the best possible service – safely.
Ann Joos is taking a temporary assignment in Minneapolis, with plans of returning to the Winsted Post Office at the end of March. Jo (Joette) Tilbury will act as the temporary officer in charge at the Winsted Post Office until Ann’s return.

Newest Hwy. 7 roundabout is a mess

From: Paul Otte
Hutchinson
Congratulations are in order for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. They have got to be awarded first prize for the worst roundabout on the planet.
Yesterday, my wife and I drove into Minneapolis and had the distinct trauma of driving through the new roundabout (traffic circle) at the intersection of State Highway 7 and Carver County Road 11. MnDOT obviously subscribes to the theory that the more lines you paint on the road, the better it is. However, too many lines can distract drivers and cause accidents.
Highway 7 is a two-lane road. Carver  County Road 11 is a two-lane road. But at some points, the new roundabout has three lanes in it, with more confusing arrows painted on the surface than the entire city of Hutchinson. (I’d like to have the road line painting concession in Carver County. I need some extra cash for a Jamaican vacation.)
When we passed through eastbound, my wife and I were both astounded at the confusion presented there, and commented, “This is an accident waiting to happen.” It wasn’t a long wait. On the way home, an hour later, there were at least seven police cars and sheriff’s vehicles there with lights flashing and swarming with uniformed personnel crawling all over it like mice in the corncrib.
Don’t get me wrong. I love roundabouts. I’ve easily navigated them in England, Germany, New England, and now in Hutchinson. They’re great. The basic principle of using a roundabout is clear and simple: The guy in the roundabout has the right of way and be sure to signal your turn to exit when there’s enough space between exits.
Roundabouts keep traffic flowing through dangerous intersections, rather than wasting gasoline and polluting the air by putting up stop signs and stoplights. They also eliminate the high-speed T-bone crashes that my wife and I experienced on Highway 7 two weeks ago.
But this fiasco on the newly opened section of Highway 7 is something else altogether! If it had been designed and built by a private company, that company would be sued and bankrupted within the week, and the designers would be summarily fired. I guess that doesn’t happen at the state level. My advice: Use US Highway 212 or State Highway 5.
This letter originally appeared in the Hutchinson Leader newspaper.

LP Second Ave. South construction: whose fault?

From: Chuck Thiel
Lester Prairie
As someone who walks many of the streets of Lester Prairie every day, I get to see much of the activity that takes place daily. I don’t use fitness centers or treadmills. I need the fresh air and a break from computer and TV screens.
The street construction on 2nd Avenue South was of particular interest to me this summer because I grew up in that area. I understand the safety concerns for a sidewalk from the parks to County Road 1 because it is a county road with heavy traffic allowed. I do question why the sidewalk didn’t follow all the way to County Road 1.
If overrides in quote estimates became a concern, why should safety be sacrificed because someone underestimated the cost of the project? I doubt that the contract bidders would reimburse the county if costs came under bids.
Those involved in the project had ideal weather this summer for their work, and I was impressed with their efforts.
What became a disaster, however, was how a really level 2nd Avenue South became a roller coaster at a number of intersections. Someone really messed up in the engineering department.
Yes, a couple of yards have had water issues in their backyards, but that goes back to the 1950s. I know, because I grew up across the street. A few front lawns were nearly destroyed or at least disfigured by this project. Most yards were previously level and some were nicely landscaped. Now, a few of them have nearly 45-degree angles, or at least, nasty dips.
Some corrections in the intersections have already taken place, but many property owners will be forced to live with once-level front yards that now feature nasty dips. Someone really messed up, and property owners have every reason to be angry.

Don’t wait for a fatal accident

From: Lenora Kubasch
Winsted
From June 15, 2012, through Nov. 2, 2013, 15 accidents have been recorded on Sixth Street in Winsted. Five of the 15 involved personal injuries.
Perhaps, it is time again for McLeod County to consider lowering the speed limit. The number of businesses has increased, and therefore, the turn-on and turn-off traffic has also increased.
Let’s get something in place – or are those in charge waiting for a fatal accident?

LPS appreciates community’s support

From: Mike McNulty
Superintendent, Lester Prairie School
I appreciate the community’s continued support of the Lester Prairie Schools.
We are always striving to better the learning environment and improve student success.  One staple in this step is the funding to support this endeavor.  The Lester Prairie School’s operating levy election was approved by the public Nov. 5.
What does this do for the school district and community?  The operating levy funds the daily operation of the school; with personnel and building operations as the major costs.  The school board can now keep moving forward in their planning.
Our staff continually betters themselves to accomplish our greatest task – the successful development of our students.  The Lester Prairie School District has also made improvements to the physical building, and this is essential to a great learning environment.
I want to express my appreciation for the approval of the referendum, and ask for your continued support of the Lester Prairie Schools.