I have been wondering if the community is aware of the loss we suffered at the death of Dr. Luther Brown last week. We met Dr. Brown and his family in 1972 when we started attending the Nisswa Community Church.
He was a patriot and when he would come to church and the American flag had been moved to accommodate something else, he would insist that it be put back in its rightful place of prominence.
I do not believe the word "I" was in his vocabulary. He and his wife Marie were always giving and helping someone. I know two young men who they helped with college expenses. When he found out my husband was a World War II veteran and ex-POW he presented him with two huge volumes (which his daughter Catherine had beautifully bound) of World War II.
He also presented Ken and I several books of memorabilia which are filled with jokes and interesting articles. He used to laugh at me because I wore oversized shirts and one Christmas gave me a black and red man's nightshirt anonymously and when I cut off the tails and wore it to church the next Sunday and let him know I knew he had sent it he really lost it.
A great sense of humor! My maiden name is Brown. He sent us great items through the mail and always addressed them to Kenneth and Hazel Brown Davis. We will miss this dear man and will always be thankful that we were privileged to know him.
He spent the last few years of his life in Bethany Good Samaritan Home because of poor health and was greatly missed in our community.
Hazel Brown Davis
Liberals and conservatives
A letter writer in a recent Open Forum demonstrates several common misconceptions. He identifies liberals as people who are concerned with the downtrodden, poor and middle class workers, while conservatives are described as the "party of the rich," quoting Bible verses that bless the "poor in spirit," and admonish us not to set our hearts on riches.
The writer assumes that "the rich" are a class of people who were always so. The fact is, though, that most people we consider "rich" were once poor, hard-working, and middle class. Conservatives are concerned with creating an economy that facilitates people's efforts to better themselves. Democrats think the pie will always be the same size and that we have to cut it into smaller and smaller pieces, while Republicans believe there are ways to simply make the pie bigger.
Liberals have been successful in capitalizing on human envy and greed to create the class hatred displayed by this letter writer. He believes being poor in spirit means not having much money. But the meaning of "poor in spirit" is to be humble; the verse admonishing us not to set our hearts on riches is not an admonition to avoid being rich, but to avoid making riches the center of life. And people like myself who are "poor" (by American standards) are as likely to be guilty of greed, envy and of setting our hearts on riches as those who actually have a lot of money.
If Democrats/liberals want to be the party of the poor and the needy, they must discontinue their support of the right to destroy the helpless, voiceless, poor and needy little children of our society who reside in their mothers' wombs.
Ronda J. Wintheiser
Upset with poster
I am writing this letter in regard to the wrestling event promotional posters that have been plastered on nearly every wall at Central Lakes College and also at several local businesses in the area.
As a non-traditional female student, with some Native American heritage, I feel that the image of "Heather Whitefeather" depicted in the poster is not only sexist, it is also a stereotypical and racist portrayal of Native Americans.
"Heather Whitefeather" is shown wearing a bikini top, short skirt and a fake (or is it real?) Indian headdress. Not only is this a stereotype of Indians, many Native Americans believe that the use of an Indian mascot is a direct attack on their spirituality because they see feathers as an important part of their religion.
Because so many Native Americans believe mascots who wear Indian headdresses (real or not) is a direct insult on their religious beliefs (let alone those who mimic Indian dances, do tomahawk chops, drumming, Indian chants or those who pretend to smoke sacred peace pipes and wear painted warrior-like makeup) the administration, student senate and CLC Law Enforcement Club should acknowledge that this promotion further promotes stereotypes and they should take the actions necessary to correct the situation.
The college should not be promoting racism and sexism by means of stereotyping people. CLC should not let "Heather Whitefeather" perform her wrestling duties dressed in any way that would be seen as a stereotype.
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