This year, something changed my heart
I have a confession to make. For most of my life, I have been irritated at folks who “rush the season,” putting up their decorated Christmas trees and light displays even before Thanksgiving dinner was out of the oven. But this year something changed in my heart.
I started noticing the Christmas lights were illuminated around our neighborhood, just a few days after the trick or treaters had come to my door. Normally, I would be annoyed, but not this year. Our family decided to put up our small — but nonetheless cheery — pre-lit Christmas tree weeks before celebrating Thanksgiving: something I never would have done in the past, but something changed in my heart.
“Peace on earth, good will toward men.” And this timeless message from the angels to the shepherds over 2,000 years ago still changes hearts today.
Susan Smart, Rosemount
A nation of laws, no?
In June of this year, protesters pulled down the statute of Christopher Columbus which had stood on the grounds of the State Capitol for nearly 100 years. This took place in broad daylight. Now fast-forward to today. On Nov. 26, two acts of vandalism of the same type took place in two parks in Minneapolis. A statue of George Washington was pulled down and had paint splashed on it, and a monument to pioneers was desecrated with paint splashed on it.
The bedrock of our society is the law, and it calls for us to respect it and adhere to it. Since the destruction or vandalism of statutes or monuments is a problem in Minnesota, I believe that Gov. Tim Walz has an obligation to speak out, condemning this continuing lawlessness. We are, after all, a nation of laws, are we not?
Curtis Dahlin, Roseville
No valid reason
To me it was heartbreaking to see the picture of the poor elk lying dead with a grinning woman standing over him, proud of what she’d done. I will never understand how anyone can enjoy killing, especially for a so-called trophy. That elk felt pain and his life was snuffed out for no valid reason.
Janet Llerandi, St. Paul
I am astonished to read that the Department of Education is choosing to devote time and resources to gender issues at this time. It’s 2020! There are just a few issues of greater importance impacting all students at the moment, including all genders. And the purpose of this is for “data collection“?
Please, for the sake of all students, show us that you have the skills to prioritize real needs, not data.
Christine Otteson, St. Paul
What do to about Sibley
The ISD 197 school board is debating whether to remove Henry Sibley’s name from the high school in Mendota Heights. Sibley had the best leadership, political, and business resume of any Minnesotan in the second half of the 19th century. He was:
• First Minnesota Territorial Representative to the U.S. Congress and first governor of Minnesota.
• One of 54 Union officers awarded the rank of major general during the Civil War.
• A founder, and president of the Board of Regents, of the University of Minnesota.
• A founder and president of the Minnesota Historical Society.
• Investor in the St. Paul Pioneer, first newspaper in Minnesota, later the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
• Investor in the Minnesota Cedar Valley Railroad, later part of the Soo Line/CP Rail.
• Board member, Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance, now Securian Financial.
• Director, First National Bank of St. Paul.
• President, St. Paul Gas and Light Company, later NSP and Excel.
• President, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.
•Member, Minnesota Lawyers Hall of Fame.
Instead of removing his name, we believe the district and school should initiate educational programs whereby students and community members may learn about the complicated, and controversial, formative years of our state.
Jay Pfaender, Mendota Heights
Matthew Wright, St. Paul
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