To use violence against violence is not the answer in this battle with domestic terrorism. The shooter was wrong to put a bullet through the PP window.
It may have been a client that was upset by PP's handling of their "emergency contraception" that shot the gun. As Stoesz was quoted, "Terroristic threats we are concerned about are home-grown." Perhaps the shooter was not informed of the heartache that would follow after losing her baby --- a beautiful God-given life -- to high doses of birth control pills? Perhaps the shooter felt violated and mislead about the other options that were available, but not encouraged or disclosed? Perhaps the shooter did not know that many people in this community are willing to help a woman through a pregnancy, no matter the cost? Or perhaps the shooter did not understand that legally killing babies by use of chemicals is not considered terrorism in this country and should not be counteracted with a terrorist act?
I see that they have made it unlawful to smoke cigarettes in Baxter Park. Good! They should do the same for Whipple Beach, the butts look awful in that lovely sand.
Shooting up a private business in Brainerd is an act that would be more at home in Kabul or East L.A. How ironic that the perpetrator chose the Fourth of July for this heinous and terroristic act. We celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence (from tyranny) on that date. In Thomas Jefferson's original Declaration he wrote of life, liberty and private property. This deranged shooter would subject private property rights to their own version of tyranny, turning freedom and Independence Day on its head.
Americans everywhere were nervous and the stock market was jittery in anticipation of possible terrorist attacks and this just added to the turmoil. If one disagrees with practices of others we have the freedom to speak against it. We have the right to peaceably protest.
Now I understand the actual reason for this treachery was the volatile issue of abortion but trying to impose your will on others by violence is simply un-American. Two wrongs don't make right and invite repercussions against that very cause the violence was trying to promote. Now pro-life people who obey the law will be unfairly tarnished with the same brush painting all people opposed to abortion as prone to violence or as extremists.
We must resist terrorism in all forms and bring justice to those whom would force their will on us by violence. Criminal acts committed in the dead of night create sympathy for the victims and it would be delusional to think otherwise. With righteous liberty let freedom ring, bringing liberty and justice for all.
I read the article in The Dispatch, "County administrator may get raise," with mixed emotions. I have dealt personally with County Administrator Mr. Herlofsky Jr. on county matters, and found him to be both very professional and ethical. Yet I question his "control" of our county purse-strings during this critical "tax decrease" year. This was supposed to be the year when your local property taxes were to receive the big "cut back," because the state was "taking over" the financing of our public schools.
This raised the big question as to whether our cities and counties will "take up this slack" for the supposed cut. What did Crow Wing County do under Mr. Herlofsky and our elected commissioners? Below I give you the general county tax rates as given by the county auditor's annual sheet of Crow Wing County Rates in Percents for Taxes Payable in the year.
The rates for the last six years are as follows: It was 26.172 in 1997 (a 6 percent increase from 1996); in 1998 it was 26.822 (a 2 percent increase); 28.399 in 1999 (a 6 percent increase); 29.320 in 2000 (a 3% increase); 29.700 in 2001 (a 5% increase); and finally in 2002 (with Mr. Herlofsky's leadership) to 39.224 (a 32 percent increase)!
We hear the word accountability continually in reference to our public services - especially in public education. If your public school tax rate increased 32 percent this year, would you vote to reward those responsible a sizable raise for a job "well done?" Maybe if you vote in November you might also consider electing new leadership in your policy-making county commissioners!
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