Hold them accountable
I am concerned about my country. I want us all to ask ourselves some questions about the assassination of Soleimani. The administration has said, they had “specific” information that he was planning an “imminent”, “broad, large-scale attack”, but didn’t know where and when it would happen, so:
1. If you don’t know where and when, how is it imminent or specific information?
2. a) Why kill the guy that knows the where and when...b) why not capture (we knew where he’d be and when) so we could interrogate him to find out and stop the attack? You could also take him to stand trial for war crimes and/or have leverage over Iran to trade for Americans being held.
3. a) Did killing him stop the attacks, b) was he carrying the plan in his pocket when he was blown up and no one else knew the plan?
4. Was there any thought to what Iran might do in retaliation that put Americans in harm’s way?
5. President Trump now says Soleimani was planning embassy attacks, so why didn’t Congressional Republicans and Democrats hear that at their confidential briefing?
6. Trump said his intelligence chiefs were “passive and naïve” and suggested they “should go back to school” when they contradict his beliefs, and that he doesn’t need intelligence briefings so he often skips them....so why does he believe them now?
7. If he believed them this time, didn’t they tell him what Iran’s reaction would be?
These are all matters of life and death, war and peace and the evolving narrative coming from the administration shows we need to ask these questions even if we risk the ire of Trump’s followers, even if they call us traitors for asking questions. We have seen this program before in the run up to Iraq...we don’t need to be lied into another war. So many seem to live in constant fear, anger and resentment and this agitation doesn’t allow critical thinking...it throws common sense questioning out the window. We must ask hard questions and be presented with facts by our government. We must hold our government accountable, it is a citizen’s right and responsibility to do so.
Sanda Oslin, Grand Marais
Is voter roll purge really happening?
I read Roger and Cheryl Schultz’s letter regarding voter roll purging with complete amazement last week. Is it really possible that you can be expunged from county voting roles in Minnesota because you request to have your mail forwarded out of state for several months during the winter?
I don’t have any background on this, but if it is as described, clearly it is wrong and there are political shenanigans occurring.
The Trump administration and it minions have done everything they can to tamper with voting regulations across the country. Why not Minnesota too?
This is just another example of why we need a different president elected in 2020.
Dick Weinhandl, Aitkin
The Trump administration has issued an order that refugees and immigrants will not be permitted to settle in an area unless the governor and county board members indicate in writing that they are welcome to come.
Governor Walz has issued such an edict on behalf of the state. Now county commissioners are requested to issue the required proclamation that immigrants and refugees are welcome.
Please contact the Aitkin County Board of Commissioners at 217 Second St. NW, Aitkin MN 56431 encouraging the required statement to be adopted, remembering that the Lord God uses people to care for each other.
Bob Munneke, Aitkin
March for Life
You are invited to participate in our local Aitkin March for Life on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 12:45-3:30 p.m. to help us demonstrate our greater Aitkin community’s respect for human life, especially unborn life. That day will be the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s devastating Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States.
While this March for Life will focus on the need to end abortion, we also promote and support respect of all human life - all ages from conception to natural death, and all genders, races, colors, national origins, handicaps and religions. All human life matters.
Why hold this event in Aitkin? Awareness of life issues need to be raised. We need to remind ourselves of the issue, to get involved, and that we can all make a difference. It can be difficult for people to attend distant Marches for Life, like those at our State Capitol or Washington, D.C. Our outreach is focused on local churches like yours because respect for life unites people of faith. This year marks the sixth local Aitkin March for Life.
The March will begin by gathering at St. James. We will walk to the courthouse for a brief program of about 15 minutes, and then back to St. James for refreshments and fellowship. We will work with the city to ensure a safe walk. People are welcome to walk a portion of the way or attend just the program, if the entire march is not feasible.
If interested, your church’s participation could include assisting in promotion, speaking at the program, and of course joining us in the March and fellowship afterwards. Please contact me by Jan. 17 if you would like to speak at the program. We greatly welcome all participation.
Most importantly, we ask for your prayers for this event and for respect for human life, a gift from God.
Jodie Provost, St. James parishoner