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Letters to the editor: Generosity from all corners of the county; Would God approve?

Generosity from all corners of the county

TO THE EDITOR

Thank you for your article in the July 26 editions of the St. Croix County RiverTown Multimedia

publications regarding celebration of full funding for the St. Croix County Fair's Horse Barn. As reported, the successful fundraising campaign was a joint effort of the St. Croix County 4-H Horse Committee and the Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds along with continuing support from the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Committee.

However, the St. Croix County Fair Board, not the Friends as implied, was responsible for the design and construction management of the project. The total project cost was significantly reduced due to the cooperation and generosity of the contractors plus support from St. Croix County in installation of a water main all of which allowed retirement of the bank loan an estimated year early.

Thanks to the generosity from all corners of the county fully funding the Horse Barn, the great news is the launching of the fund raising drive for the Livestock Barn which will contain animal housing and a show arena. The campaign, which has already raised substantial funds, is a joint effort of the St. Croix County 4-H Livestock Committee and the Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds.

Chris Libbey

Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds

New Richmond

Would God approve?

TO THE EDITOR

As we are home enjoying our summer activities, 711 immigrant families remain separated from their children.

This includes more than 400 children whose parents have already been deported. We are told that some of these parents chose deportation without their children hoping their children would find a better life and escape the poverty and violent conditions of their country. However, news reports tell us that many parents were told to sign papers they didn't fully understand.

As American parents, I believe we should care about these parents and their children. These families cannot enjoy the summer family reunions that we are now enjoying, perhaps never again. Some reports reveal that some children will never be returned to their parents due to the disorderly manner in which the government separated these families.

Whatever your political views, we are parents who cannot imagine the aching pain of these families. Would we want that for our families? Is this the American way?

We have consciences and no matter what our religious faith, we know the importance of families. We are a nation that welcomes. This is our motto, "In God is our trust." Our Star Spangled banner, "In triumph shall wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave." And our words to this hymn: "God bless America, land that I love..." In these songs of our country, we profess belief in God. Now we must ask ourselves, would our God approve of what is being done to these families?

It is time for prayer and guidance for action. Perhaps letting our representatives know how we feel?

Rev. Barbara de Souza

River Falls

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