Letters to the Editor, June 10 issue

We have the

right to be proud

To the Editor:

June is here and that means we will be celebrating Flag Day, Thursday, June 14.

Flag Day is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect to the flag. Flag Day was officially established by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916, but it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation. “One Nation, Under God, Indivisible.” Our flag has a proud and glorious history. The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #46 is extremely proud to be able to sponsor the City Flag Project and have our flags flying throughout Little Falls. This year’s flag theme is “Saluting our veterans Past and Present.” As Americans, we have the right to be proud of our culture, our nation and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride. — Al Stencel, Adjutant, Squadron #46


Hopes thief enjoys


To the Editor:

I hope the creeps who stole three beautiful arrangements from the graves of our loved ones at Calvary Cemetery this past weekend are enjoying them.

I can’t think of anyone lower than this. — Pat Anderson, Little Falls


Wear purple Friday to stop elder abuse

To the Editor:

The day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action which recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. We must stress respect, dignity and caring throughout their lives.

Ultimately the challenge for all of us is not only to listen to what the elderly are telling us, but to believe them and to act upon it. This can be achieved by empowerment of the elders, awareness of the problem, education of the public and professionals to recognize the problem and act on it and to encourage intergenerational relationships.

Raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect is a challenge and no effort is too small. All communities, neighborhoods and organizations are urged to take part in ending elder abuse and neglect by wearing purple on Friday, June 15, in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

“My world … Your world … Our world — free of elder abuse.”

If you or anyone you know is a victim of elder abuse or you would like more information about recognizing or preventing elder abuse please contact Hands of Hope Resource Center at 320-632-1657 or 1-888-454-4878. Our services are free and confidential. — Catie Houck, Little Falls


Economy is not


To the Editor:

I read the May 20 letter, “Republican claims not true,” with both amazement and amusement. The letter states, “All 50 states have increased income now because the national economy is improving.” I can’t speak for “all,” but I know this is not true for California, Illinois and New York — all Democrat states and all raising their taxes and driving businesses and people out of the state. I do agree Texas incomes are going up because of Republican leadership and North Dakota’s income is going up because it is developing its natural resources rather than green energy.

But let’s try for a little more truth right here in Little Falls. I have requested, in this newspaper, that Al Doty explain his vote against education reform and no response. I have requested, in this newspaper, that Amy Klobuchar explain her vote to take $500 billion from senior citizens in Medicare and reduce our benefits and no response. I have asked Klobuchar to explain, in this newspaper, why she voted to have the already overtaxed Minnesotans pay state taxes for Nebraska and Louisiana and no response.

Why can’t we find the truth here? If ashamed of their votes, why are they running for re-election? — Thomas Paulson, Little Falls


Decades of 

changes seen

To the Editor:

55 years ago … after school, I would do chores and then school work. Now,  students go home after school, text and go and play on the computer.

My parents will only buy what they needed and pay cash. Now, buy now and worry how to pay for it later or “you owe it to me.”

Values and morals were taught by the family. Now, it is taught by Lady GaGa or the TV.

We were scared that the Soviet Union could destroy us. Now, we are destroying ourselves from within.

You told people how you felt. Now, you have to be “politically correct.”

We would get together with the neighbors and play games, make up our own rules and solve our own problems. Now, you rarely see kids outside playing together.

We would choose our political officials on their own merits. Now, the media tells us who to vote for.

When people voted, it took a majority to win on issues. Now, it takes just one person to decide, a judge.

I wanted to follow my brother and sisters into education. Now, I will be retiring and I enjoyed working with the young people. — Jim Koczur, Burtrum