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Letters: Voter ID would stop some election mischief

4February 2021

I have been an election judge in Ramsey County also (“Work as an election judge, then get back to me”, Jan. 31).

This year a fellow I know went to vote on Nov. 3. They said, “You have already voted.” He knew he had not.

Voter ID would have stopped this mischief.

Dorie Oase, St. Paul

 

Who pays for trouble?

I see that our Minnesota Senate friends have advanced a proposal that would prevent damages from civil unrest from being eligible for state disaster funding. In other words, Minneapolis and St. Paul would be solely responsible to bear the costs that resulted from looting and riots that occurred after the police killing of George Floyd.

It doesn’t matter to these Republicans that rioters who caused damage came from all parts of Minnesota and from states throughout the Midwest. Or maybe those same Republicans want the Minneapolis Police Department to pay for all of the costs since their murder triggered unrest across the country.

I am a Minnesota taxpayer and I don’t love the idea of any of us taxpayers having to pay for what happened, either. On the other hand, if our Minnesota Republicans are serious, they better be talking to all the Minnesota reps in Washington to say that no taxpayer money can pay for the millions of dollars in destruction that occurred at our nation’s Capitol on January 6th. Those efforts were encouraged by our ex-president and many of his Republican friends as they sought to overturn the results of our election. Maybe Mr. Trump and key senators can pay for all of that death and destruction since taxpayer money won’t be used.

Now we read in this paper that the Department of Homeland Security has information suggesting that “ideologically motivated violent extremists … fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.” If this occurs, who would our Republican friends say should bear those costs? If it isn’t taxpayers, is it Donald Trump? Is it Ted Cruz? After all, they are just a few of the leaders who continue to fuel that false narrative. Maybe our Republican friends in the Minnesota Senate should pick up the costs. I haven’t heard them dispute that false narrative either.

Mary Bowman, St. Paul

 

On behalf of comedians, I pray

St. Genesius is considered the patron saint of actors, clowns, comedians and other performers. On behalf of stand-up comedians everywhere, I’m currently praying to St. Genesis that Mike Lindell (aka My Pillow Guy), is endorsed by the Republican Party and makes a run for governor in 2022.

M.L Kluznik, Mendota Heights

 

Finish the job

The Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment XIV, Section 3: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President or hold any office, civil or military under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

Therefore, Donald J. Trump, “having previously taken an oath … as an officer of the United States,…to support the Constitution of the United States,” and having “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof”, is subject to being declared a “disability” to hold government office ever again.

And, also, members of the House of Representatives or the Senate who gave “aid or comfort” in this “insurrection or rebellion” on Jan. 6, 2021, are also subject to this same declaration of “disability” to hold government office. By voting to deny acceptance of the Electoral College votes that day, they participated in the BIG LIE, which, the dictionary says, is “a gross distortion or misrepresentation of the facts, especially when used as a propaganda device by a politician or official body.”

How can these Republicans vote for the Rand Paul declaration that the impeachment trial should be declared “unconstitutional”? The insurrection took place while Donald Trump was president, and the impeachment took place while Donald Trump was president; and so, now the Senate must be required “to finish the job”, so to speak. Hold the trial. Look at the evidence and hear the witnesses and look at the Constitution.

Marcia Smith, Lindstrom

Ask

Six Minnesota hunters drove right by my relative’s farmhouse and set up 500 goose decoys to hunt snow geese on a newly worked field ready to be seeded.

My relative was home and noticed that pickups, trailers and six hunters were setting up goose decoys near his house. He went out to ask them why they didn’t stop and ask permission to hunt.

They told him since the land was not posted they could hunt it without talking to him. My relative told them the field was ready to be planted and he didn’t want pickup and trailer tracks on the field. He told them because they didn’t ask to hunt they had to remove their decoys and could not hunt on any of his 9,000 acres.

After they removed their decoys they went across the road and set up decoys on the neighbor’s farm without permission. After they got the 500 goose decoys set up the farmer came out and made them remove the decoys and told them because of their actions they could not hunt on any of his 3,000 acre farm.

Hunters need to respect the famer’s land, and they should ask permission to hunt.

Dennis Carson, Clear Lake, Wis.

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