Letters: Our flag doesn’t stand for mob rule

3February 2021

Very often I hear Fox News refer to Democrats, progressives and liberals as the “radical left with an extreme agenda,” so much that one might think that surely the Democratic agenda would be the end of the USA as we know it. The reality is that the threat to democracy is from the extreme radical right that Fox helps perpetuate.

Who ever thought we would see a violent insurrection at our Capitol with the mob carrying American flags and a Confederate flag chanting “hang Mike Pence.”

Our flag doesn’t stand for mob rule, and it doesn’t stand for the ideals of the rebel states either.

Cognitive dissonance? “Mob fed lies,” said Mitch McConnell. There are many right-wing militias and white supremacists training and stockpiling for violent insurrections. They think they know what is best for our country and in their thinking, it is not democracy and law and order. One of the mob was wearing a t-shirt mocking the Holocaust. Apparently, this is OK with those carrying American flags. Is this who we are?

John Dreelan, St. Paul


Average isn’t good enough right now

If there ever was a time where there is a need for exceptional innovation and performance it is now. Unfortunately, the citizens in the State of Minnesota are stuck with what best can be described as average and it starts with Gov. Walz. We are at a critical juncture with vaccines being distributed to the states as a result of the exceptional innovation from scientists to develop the vaccines in record time.

Minnesota now struggles to get shots in arms and the state leaders brag about Minnesota being in the middle of the pack for our performance compared to other states. Average is not good enough at this point in time. I suggest the governor enlist the help of private business leaders to help deliver an innovative approach to optimize vaccine delivery into the arms of Minnesotans. We tout the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Minnesota. Move aside, Gov. Walz, and recognize you are over your head and hand this effort off to those who know best about problem-solving and innovation.

Kevin J. Kelly, St. Paul

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