Letters: Columnist is wrong. We do need unity.

27January 2021

I’m writing in response to the Opinion column by Josh Greenman of the New York Daily News (“Unity? It’s elusive. And unecessary,” Jan. 22).  I disagree with the writer, who claims that our nation does not need unity.

After Dec. 7, 1941, we needed and had “unity.”  After 9/11/2001 we needed and had “unity.”  After Jan. 6, 2021, (another day that will live in infamy) we again NEED unity.

LaVonne McCombie, Hudson


A more dangerous place

I grew up in St. Paul in the ’50s and ’60s. It’s my home town. During that time my folks, brother and sisters never were afraid of going out in the evening to visit friends or family or to run an errand.

Now, as I read the daily Pioneer Press, St. Paul seems to turn into a different, more dangerous place when the sun goes down. Shootings seem to occur almost daily. Carjacking and car theft seem to often result in a chase by police. Guns seem to be in the hands of everyone, including kids.

I don’t think that St. Paul or its residents want a reputation similar to that of Chicago or even Minneapolis. The City Council needs to put more cops on the street with the training necessary to deal with the deadly up-tick in crime.

Dick Weinhandl, Aitkin


Principles, not passivity

The U.S. Senate will soon debate whether or not to convict Donald Trump of the 2021 Article of Impeachment. This will rekindle the same antagonism that the U.S. House faced in making their decision.

Some will argue it is “time to move on,” effectively subverting justice for so-called unity. But true unity can never be achieved without justice. There may be placation or “moving on” but such only kicks the can down the road and enables the problem to continue. True unity must center on principles, not on passivity.

Fortunately, we have core principles, namely the Constitution of the United States.

There can be dissent to promote betterment of these principles while still preserving unity but there cannot be absolute corruption of the Constitution itself with instigation of mob rule, lawlessness and murder. Unity will never be achieved without first preserving justice, otherwise we become committed to an absence of both.

James Carey, Longville

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