To try and balance the article on Jan. 19 Open Forum about Planned Parenthood.
The writer is essentially misinformed. Planned Parenthood serves this community in many ways. Where can many of our young working women with inadequate insurance or none, go for routine problems?
Planned Parenthood does not promote abortion.
Partial birth abortions are about as common as squirrel feathers.
Why not ban alcohol, as it is a fact, indisputable that alcohol kills more unborn babies than abortion does?
Alcohol kills more people than wars. Yet, that is okay, and reasonable.
Why not allow the ones who give birth to make the decision? For every abortion there must be a man or boy who didn't care. So step up to the plate, folks, and stop the ignorance.
Falling through the cracks
Many persons with mental illness will continue slipping through the cracks of our mental health care system in spite of legislative funding proposals for housing, job opportunities and medical care. That's because 40 percent of persons with mental illness who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder do not recognize that they are ill and will not get help even if all services were fully available. Even if we perfect services for persons with serious and persistent mental illness, vast numbers of persons with an untreated mental illness will not seek help until the laws are also changed to allow for earlier intervention.
That is why NAMI-MN (National Alliance for the Mentally-Ill-Minnesota) supports both improved services and lowering the standard for civil commitment. To do less sentences too many citizens with a serious and persistent mental illness into crisis, ie. homicide, suicide or homelessness. We must replace our current criminal model with a public health model of prevention and early intervention.
Toward that end, the board of directors of NAMI-MN, consisting of both consumers and family members, unanimously approved the proposed Bertzold-Greiling 2001 legislation. We are aware of many people who lack insight to their illness and are not able to seek treatment. We know of too many families who tried to get help and are denied assistance because of Minnesota's current legal restrictions. I am urging readers to contact their legislator to pass the Bertzold-Greiling bill for mentally ill persons.
Joseph R. Zwack
A recent article in The Dispatch related to some proposed changes in the daily bag limits of several fish species. No mention was made of Northern Pike. The round table discussion recently held in St. Cloud recommended that the pike limit be increased from three fish to four daily. No pike were to be taken in a protected "slot" of 24 to 40 inches.
This might be okay for open water anglers or ice anglers but what about the darkhouse fisherman? Water magnifies fish and that, coupled with the fact that northerns often come into the area beneath a darkhouse at great speed while attacking our artificial decoys, it would make it virtually impossible for the spear fisherman to "measure" a fish before deciding that it was legal to spear.
Is this another attempt to eliminate the traditional sport of darkhouse fishing, a sport which I have enjoyed for over 50 years? The DNR will tell you that we darkhouse fisherman have little comparative impact on the pike population. There aren't that many of us (some 17,000+) as it requires a lot of work and equipment just to get started. Compared to the open water anglers and ice anglers with their electronics and mobility (boats, 4-wheelers, pickups, etc.) we are comparatively stationary. It requires a lot of effort to move a darkhouse. Anglers are more numerous by far, cover a lot more water (open and frozen), and take the majority of the fish from the lake.
The DNR must address this situation before finalizing bag and size limits. All that we ask is fairness and consideration of our unique method of fishing. When the native Americans first chopped holes through the ice with stone ice chisels, attracted pike with crude decoys and then speared them with bone-tipped spears, the sight of the fish must have intrigued them.
Please don't eliminate our sport by impossible regulations.
Thou shalt not kill
I think it's great that the themes of faith and God were included in the presidential race as well as in George W.'s inaugural speech. It is troubling however, that our new president (and many of his supporters) are such staunch advocates of the death penalty. Whatever happened to "thou shalt not kill?"
Taking another human life is one of the most Ungodly acts imaginable, yet this is policy to our new president (unless, of course, he's making reference to his position on abortion).
Until the leadership of this country is founded in love, truth and compassion, we will have no leadership. I'll keep praying 'cause we ain't there yet! I hope everyone else does the same. Peace in the One God!
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