Readers Write: (July 3): Assessing America, contraception, Archbishop Nienstedt, Bremer Foundation, assessing Minnesota, Iraq

  • Updated: July 2, 2014 - 6:44 PM

In short, this country, with its overbearing government, has lost touch with the rule of law.


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We’re heading into the July 4 weekend. We should remember what made this country great and a place everyone in the world wanted to live: The rule of law. The laws and the fact that politicians were not a special class above the law is what made us different from any place on Earth in all of history. It used to be important to be an American; now it’s more important to be a certain race, religion, conservative or progressive. Secure borders, a common language and the desire to be an asset to America made us the greatest country in the world. Common sense, the rule of law and the original intent of our founding fathers’ Constitution is what will save us from ourselves, but that will happen only with big changes in Washington and St. Paul. It’s time to be proud to be an American again. It’s time to bring back the reasons to be an American. Memories are the only thing an oversized, overbearing government can’t take away from you.

Jeff Carlson, St. Louis Park


Criticisms of ruling are overwrought

Thank you, recent letter writers, for all your concern, but Hobby Lobby will still offer seven kinds of contraception to its employees. The other three terminate life, in the company’s opinion. So to say that this ruling is going to limit life planning or contraception is at best misleading. If a person cannot pick one contraception product from a list of seven vs. a list of 10, then we have a much larger issue in society. This is no war on women.

Paul Lubeley, Elko

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Explain to me why people outraged by the Supreme Court ruling saying that corporations will be able to deny health coverage and health procedures based on religion are fine with having the government dictate that I have to buy health insurance — including coverages that I don’t need. The one thing I do understand is that if I do not like the health coverage of an employer I can go someplace else. I can’t say the same thing about the government mandate, unless I leave the country.

Dave Zimmerman, Coon Rapids

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By now, everyone who is paying attention should acknowledge that the U.S. Supreme Court has evolved into a 5-4 split favoring conservative philosophy. Court retirements and presidential appointments after close elections have caused it to happen. The Hobby Lobby ruling is but one example of this shift in court philosophy.

Those who long for a return to a more progressive nation should be deeply concerned. Before an earlier election, James Carville quipped: “It’s about the economy, stupid!” For us progressives, and especially for women of all political stripes, the hue and cry for the upcoming presidential election of 2016 should be: “It’s about the Supreme Court appointments, folks!”

John F. Carlsted, St. Cloud



Stop cutting down a good man’s reputation

So this is what it’s come to (“Archbishop faces new sex claims,” July 2): That a decent man can be driven from his work by unsupported accusations and innuendo because he is a Catholic priest or bishop. This is the Salem witchcraft trials all over again. And we are the ones doing it.

The Rev. Leonard Freeman, Minnetonka Beach

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