A reminder: Remember the day’s real purpose
Memorial Day isn’t just another day off work, or an excuse for a sale. It’s the day we should honor — one on which we should remember those who gave their precious lives for our freedoms. What do honor and remembrance have to do with sales on laptops, used cars or ketchup? Skip the sales and visit a cemetery or a memorial instead — remember what the day really means.
Julie Kink, Stillwater
The writer’s brother, Warrant Officer David Kink, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1969.
Brought to you by one who’d rather not
Because of the shortfall in the public’s share of financing for the Vikings stadium, the state is implementing an additional tax of $1.60 on each pack of cigarettes. I expect little sympathy in this matter. But, my weekly three packs mean that I’m contributing $4.80 a week, or $19.20 a month toward that stadium. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is a multimillionaire; I’m a Packers fan.
Randy A. Skjerly, St. Paul
Government should get a dedicated fuel source
To increase production, stabilize fuel prices and gain control of vital markets, the federal government ought to establish a “strategic initiative.” It would design and operate the biggest state-of-the-art refinery in the United States, with a primary purpose of supplying fuels to the military and federal government. Locate it in North Dakota, close to the wells and far from population centers. Our government and its military use enough fuel that we should get on the supply side to stabilize global fuel prices. Strategically, we need to own our means of production. Our military would be much stronger if it didn’t have to pay market prices, and consumers here wouldn’t be jerked around by the politics in the Middle East or the whim of corporate America.
Jim Goudy, Austin, Minn.
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