Originally from a large city on the east coast, I'm not normally one who makes it a practice to visit state and county fairs. However, now living here in Minnesota I had this urge this year to visit not one, but more than a few county fairs in the central part of the state.
One day I had the opportunity to drive up to Brainerd to "check out" the Crow Wing County Fair. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised and had an enjoyable time on a picture perfect day. I definitely plan to visit your fair again in the future. Not only were there many interesting things to see and do, but I was impressed with the size of the fair grounds, the numerous and varied booths, historical buildings, events, food, amusements, and what have you.
One concern I had, however,was that among the various booths was one that promoted religious literature. Being a person who is interested in learning more about what others believe and how they worship, I made it a point to stop by and see what was being offered. What I saw on the counter amongst the numerous leaflets and tracts were some materials that were not only bigoted and condescending but specifically targeted the mainline religious denomination to which I belong and love. Yes, I'm afraid that I found some of these materials rather offensive. Therefore, I respectfully request that the coordinators of future Crow Wing Fairs be aware of this and realize that it serves no positive purpose whatsoever to allow people to set up shop at such an event which ridicules and negates the beliefs of others. It merely reflects their ignorance, promotes bigotry and will ultimately give the fair a bad name. No one wants that to happen.
The letter to the editor ("It's legal now", 8/20/02) is misleading about the current status of re-importing prescription drugs from Canada. Re-importation is not legal. It is legal to go to Canada to buy those cheaper drugs, but it is illegal for those drugs to be shipped to pharmacies in Minnesota at the cheaper Canadian price. The pharmaceutical companies oppose changing the law. Sen. Paul Wellstone just passed a measure in the Senate that will change the law and allow Minnesotans to go buy these drugs at the lower Canadian price. Senator Wellstone has been making Minnesotans concerns a priority out in Washington; this re-importation measure is just the latest example of his hard work.
A recent letter to The Dispatch, objects that educated people think Planned Parenthood is synonymous with abortion. She says that Planned Parenthood of Minnesota only does abortions in one of its 23 clinics located in the state. Truly educated people on this issue know that the other 22 clinics refer women for abortions to the St. Paul clinic.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports that the Highland Park Clinic in St. Paul, where Planned Parenthood does its abortions, did 2789 abortions 2001 and demanded payment for them.
I do not condone some disgruntled and irresponsible person shooting up an empty Planned Parenthood clinic in Brainerd. Nor do I condone Planned Parenthood providing so called doctors, staff and a clinic in St. Paul where they charge rich and poor to kill unborn children.
If Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger said that abortion was wrong, then one wonders if educated people who consider abortion grisly and heinous could expect Planned Parenthood to stop doing abortions and behave in a responsible manner.
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