DRIVING AFTER DRINKING
May my family’s loss be a message to others
I just experienced the loss of my beloved grandson, Jason Johnson, in a tragic car accident. He was 32. I cannot begin to express how devastating this is for our family; it is, literally, the worst time in our life.
Jason made a “decision” to drive home from a bar. The point of this letter is twofold: Had he known the grief this would cause his loved ones, he may have thought twice, because he loved us. He has left behind two little children, who will never truly know their daddy, and if someone — anyone — reading this will think of their family before getting behind the wheel, it would bring me some sense of peace. Think of our family before you turn the key.
BONNIE JOHNSON, Burnsville
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Military spending hinders benevolence
An Aug. 16 letter stated that capitalism is more benevolent to the poor and disadvantaged than are government programs. It is not capitalism that is the provider of benevolence; capitalism always takes. It is the people who give.
We now find ourselves in a society which is giving less because of choice but also because of hardship. A major source of this hardship is the financial burden placed on citizens by the military-industrial complex and the wars that will inevitably occur. You do not create a military machine like ours and not use it.
Abundant U.S. military spending leaves much less money for benevolent giving by the people. The next time you write out a check to the IRS, think of what good you could really do for others and how much more you could give without a war tax.
BILL HABEDANK, Red Wing, Minn.
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There’s enough corn to go around
According to a recent World Bank study, it’s high oil prices and commodity speculators driving food costs, not the use of corn in ethanol (“Yes — reconsider that ethanol blend rate,” Aug. 16). Some of my fellow farmers in the poultry sector don’t recognize this — and when farmers start fighting with one another, agriculture loses.
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