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9-11

Letter to the Editor

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of what we call "9-11". There'll be lots of talk and speeches, much of it childishly naive and simple. Many ask, "Are we safer now than we were then?"

Most will say "yes", and talk about al-Qaeda gone, internal repressions we installed, military and such. But a problem created al-Qaeda. If we destroy al-Qaeda without correcting the problem, won't some other enemy arise to get us in a different way?

Children are known to succumb to greed, before they learn the complexity of life and understand greed is self-harming. Look around us today. Half of us, 48%, were immersed in selfishness or greed. We elected a president not long ago, so childish he thought being president meant having a large military parade to honor himself. The insurrection we went through on Jan. 6, 2021 illustrates all this. A similar insurrection was attempted in 1932, not just in Germany, Italy, and Japan, but here. GW Bush's grandpa, Republican Sen. Prescott Bush, was involved in the attempt to violently overthrow us. We were saved by one loyal US Marine Corps General, Smedley Butler. (Look it up.)

Greed has been breeding within us like mold spreading through a loaf of bread. We're divided now. Who benefits from that division? They are the ones who'll feed that mold.

We have yet to answer, or even ask (and listen to!) why did al-Qaeda (mostly Saudi Arabia) attack us on 9-11? Always ask "why".

Like a marriage going bad, it won't get better until we practice introspection, looking within ourselves to see if and how we contribute to the problems. We are married to the world, and there's no way to simply get out of that marriage. We have to fix it or suffer. And it's not simply our partner's fault.

A. Martin
Merrifield MN
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Biden must do more to end the filibuster

Letter to the Editor

Biden has a choice to make: Does he want to establish his legacy as a president who fought for voting rights, or not?

In order to be remembered as a president who fought for voting rights, Biden must do more than ask the Senate to pass voting rights legislation. He knows as well as we do that bills like the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act won’t make it through the Senate unless we abolish the filibuster.

Biden must publicly and unequivocally support abolishing the filibuster to clear the way for these crucial reforms. It’s time for Biden to be the leader he promised to be and call on the Senate to end the filibuster and protect our right to vote.

We’re counting on him to do the right thing.

Sincerely,
Michael Fairchild
Pine River, MN

Pass Voting Rights Legislation by ending the filibuster

Letter to the Editor

In 2006, 192 House Republicans voted to renew the Voting Rights Act. Now, we can’t get a single Republican senator to come out and unequivocally support protecting the freedom to vote for the American people.

That tells you everything you need to know about our hopes for passing voting rights legislation without abolishing the filibuster.

It’s time for President Biden to recognize this reality and use the power of his office to  demand the Senate abolish the filibuster. Supporting voting rights legislation alone is  simply not enough.

Please, President Biden, we need a strategy. Put the freedom to vote of the American people ahead of any reservations you have about abolishing the filibuster. The stakes are too high to lack your leadership.

Sincerely,
Carissa Andrews
Crosslake, MN
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