In a letter Nov. 26, 2020, I posed the question: Would the GOP move to an actual future of conservative values or follow Donald Trump down the Rabbit Hole?
This week, Minnesota Reps. Jim Hagedorn, Tom Emmer and Pete Stauber with a long list of other GOP U.S. representatives were siding with The Proud Boys and The Oath Keepers domestic terrorist groups to disrupt American democracy at the behest of Donald Trump. The question seems to be answered.
Joe Danko, North St. Paul
It seems every time I read the paper or watch the news, I am appalled and angered by the terrible things some people say and do. Things that are scandalous, hateful, fraudulent and violent, and can have a devastating effect on the innocent victims.
Then I came across a quote from William Shakespeare that is not only beautiful and inspiring, but profound in its simplicity: “No legacy is so rich as honesty”.
How do you want to be remembered?
Louis DiSanto, St. Paul
A few replies regarding comments made by Jaylani Hussein and Nekima Levy-Armstrong with respect to the fatal police shooting of Dolal Idd:
Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, after viewing the body camera video of the shooting, calls it “inconclusive.” The video clearly shows that Idd fired before the officers did (visible gun smoke emerging from his car and his driver’s window shattering outward). There is nothing “inconclusive” at all.
Then Levy-Armstrong asks: “Why did you pull the man over when he tried to leave” and “Were efforts made to de-escalate the situation?” Pulling suspects over is part of the job of the police; the suspect does not have the option as to when, where, or if he will agree to be pulled over. And as to efforts to de-escalate the situation I saw plenty of that, with the officer yelling “stop the car,” and “police, hands up.” Of course, once the suspect fires at an officer who lacks total cover, any attempt to further de-escalate goes out the window.
It’s really unfortunate when witnesses and others, especially those whom the community holds in high regard, speak falsely or irresponsibly in these situations, as it not only hinders the investigation but degrades their future credibility, credibility which may well be crucial in cases where the police really are in the wrong.
Sandy Beitsch, St. Paul
Why have our representatives at both the state and national levels abdicated responsibility for the Covid response and left it to the executive branch to come up with a plan?
20/20 hindsight: We knew nine months ago a second wave would come sometime.
It is like expectant parents who have this plan for when the baby comes:
- Ignore it and it will go away,
- Throw some money at it and let someone handle it.
These are not the best options for raising children or responding to Covid, and both are likely to be around a long time.
Ted Brand, Roseville
“The slaughter of a thousand men … or another thousand, has become commonplace. We read the headlines in the newspaper and let it go at that.” This quote is from a time in our history when violence had become so extreme that people were becoming increasingly numb to the dreadful news. Are we seeing something similar today?
Week after week we are witness to reports of more fatal shootings in our metropolitan areas, where gun violence has reached record levels. In St. Paul homicides in 2020 were tied for all-time records, and shooting victims numbered more than ever previously recorded. Yet the chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, Warren Limmer, recently said that it is his opinion that momentum for gun safety reform had “faded.” And dedicated activists like Dora Jones-Robinson, founder of Guns Down Minnesota, have decried what she terms silence from elected officials in response to our growing gun violence problem.
The lack of resolve described in the opening quote turned into tremendous determination when Americans realized their own safety was jeopardized during WWI. Today 44 percent of Americans know someone who has been shot; almost half the populace. Moreover, a person is killed with a gun every 15 minutes in this country (Pew Research). Though all of us may occasionally feel overwhelmed and somewhat numbed by these shocking statistics, the public is way ahead of the political leadership on this issue, in feeling roused to action. Perhaps in recognition that the reach of this crisis potentially extends to all of us, the majority of Minnesotans favor legislation to require criminal background checks on all gun sales, and the passage of Extreme Risk Protection laws, to temporarily remove guns from persons in crisis. Indeed citizens like Dora Jones-Robinson are out there every day working to reduce gun violence. It is high time politicians give us more than a shrug, and demonstrate resolve around this issue.
John M. Barden, Prior Lake
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