I know that many of Dr. Thomas Moraghan's patients will be shocked that he revealed stories of past patients at his speech to March for Life participants. In my opinion, this is clearly a breach in an oath to respect and preserve a patient's privacy. Even in generalizations, a patient's disclosures should not be discussed, especially to a large audience. And to ask his audience to be vigilant for women who seek abortion, a legal procedure, is inhumane. He believes only his religious beliefs are correct. He has a lot in common with ISIS. Sue Kowal Brainerd
I'm writing with regard to the Nativity scene. As a college professor I think it's important to remind them that Jesus is not only a religious figure, Jesus is also a historical figure. There is more evidence supporting the existence of Jesus than there is to support the existence of Abraham Lincoln. Cities have the right to celebrate local, national or global historical figures. For example: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. In addition, it is a scene of a family celebrating the birth of a child and community support (people bringing gifts).
The Keystone Pipeline bill passed in the Senate (Thursday), 62 to 36. Our illustrious senators, Franken and Klobuchar, voted against. Not too surprising. Our commissar, Obama, won't support the pipeline.
I was absolutely appalled when I read the recent letter to the editor attacking Rep. Josh Heintzeman, and incredibly, Josh's children! This truly represents a new low in political hackery. It is quite obvious that: A.) The writer never met Josh's children.
The Blue Ribbon School celebration on Jan. 23 was a heartfelt reminder of our district's accomplishments. Our elected representatives shared stories of praise and thanks for jobs well done in our public schools. I can't help but wonder if Mr. Heintzeman wasn't just a tad uncomfortable knowing the educational decisions he has made for his children. Why was he there? John Ward, I miss you. Connie Lyscio Baxter
There has been a lot in the news about the persecuted Christians in Iraq, Iran, Sudan and Syria and other countries. They have been beheaded, killed, tortured, kidnapped and made to evacuate and leave their homes. What can we as Christians do about it? It has been suggested that we call our senators and ask what they can do and also what they think we can do. If many of us call, maybe there will be some results, as they are all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Right now we can certainly keep them in our daily prayers.
I was recently told that there are two groups that want to see governance in the United States fail. They are the 1 percent and the Mafia. They want it for the same reason. They want government to be small enough so that it can't interfere with their actions. I have long believed that the two are so intertwined that it is hard to discern the difference. They don't want to govern, as that makes them responsible for what a government is supposed to do. They are only interested in making money. Some of them make it by legal means, some by illegal. Most of it is illegal.
Good infrastructure, including roads, is a necessity for the growth of any society. How the resources to build and maintain the infrastructure are collected and disbursed are equally important. It has been proposed that a 6.5 percent sales tax at the wholesale level be established. Since all costs for any business are incorporated into the final cost of all products sold to consumers this they say would add about 13 cents per gallon at current prices.
The issue of housing inspections has come into sharp focus. The need for clarity is essential. The current inspector was not employed solely as housing inspector nor was he titled housing inspector. Rental housing inspections were not always the priority they were given. This must change. We must have a full-time rental housing inspector whose duties would include working closely with police and fire departments and addressing code violations.
Spilled oil flowing under the ice of the Yellowstone River, Americans' land condemned by the Keystone pipeline, and the Alberta Clipper pipeline installing higher pressure pumps should be raising eyebrows. Polluters are assaulting our precious water and land. Even the U.S. Congress has made piping the world's dirtiest tar oil from the world's largest carbon sink their top priority.