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Letters to the editor: Think before you write; A Christmas gift shop thank you

Think before you write


Good for James Anderson in correctly perceiving that Jesus being born in a stable does not entitle him to be called "refugee!" However, as a liberal and reasonably well-schooled Christian, I've never encountered anyone, liberal or conservative, who claimed that Jesus was a refugee because of the Bethlehem birth. As we liberals encounter so often, Mr. Anderson, has done an excellent job of countering an argument that no one is making!

If Mr. Anderson will turn from the gospel of Luke, to Matthew's gospel, also in the second chapter, he will find the story of the Magi, who follow the star and, having inquired of Herod where the king of the Jews is to be born, alerts Herod to a potential threat. Herod sends his minions to massacre all the children 2 years old and under in the environs of Bethlehem in order to allay his fear. However (please pay attention here, Mr. Anderson), Joseph, being warned in a dream, takes the baby and Mary, fleeing to the relative safety of Egypt where, lo and behold, (even a neo-con would have difficulty making a contrary argument) the family are refugees!

Thank you for your letter, Mr. Anderson. Please listen more carefully, read more widely, and think more deeply before writing your next one. Thank you.

Rev. Dr. Charles A. Wolfe, a River Falls product, retired in Prescott

Going back in the Scriptures


Mr. James Anderson's Letter of Jan. 4, 2018 was another stunning bit of near-revelation. Who can argue with Sacred Scripture? Well, given the history of Christianity and every other world religion, apparently everyone! Oh but, I'll not be going there, for Mr. Anderson inspired me to go deeper in Scripture-digging.

I wasn't interested in a small sample. I went through layers and layers as if on some archeological dig in the barren deserts of the Middle East. As a matter of fact, I went all the way back in time and ended up in the first pages of the Hebrew Scriptures, in a book called "Genesis." What did I find there?

According to the Bible, God's "Original Intent" was to go strolling through a Garden with a couple of naked vegetarians! "Wow," I thought, what a wild "liberal democrat!" But hey, I'm not going to argue about Holy Scripture!

As a matter of fact, near as I can tell, I want to be the first one to come up with a Plan — based on the first pages of Genesis — here it is: We remodel every church into a greenhouse: we plant luscious gardens within them, complete with fruit trees and fountains. Then, when we gather for worship, we leave our clothes at the door! Following the Original Intent of the Holy One, we circle up, naked as the day we were born, and sing Amazing Grace! What an amazing day this will be!

Now, I realize that some folks — perhaps most folks — especially "conservative republicans," will not want to go any further back in Scripture than the parts about sin, separation, and division (I guess they like that stuff). But perhaps the Unitarian Universalists can take the lead with my plan. We'll see.

Robert Daniel Smith

River Falls



As we enter 2018 I've had people ask me what my New Year's wish was. I told them MACA, "Make America Care Again." I mean care about issues that matter. Not paybacks for being picked on at a dinner party four years ago, or if or not who's going to be invited to England's Harry's wedding. I mean, issues that aren't an embarrassment to the great country we live in. The mindset that your revenge is to be 10 times worse than you feel was done to you is all that matters, is lesser than childlike. I do not feel it is appropriate to offend any child with this comparison.

I think it is time that Washington politicians put on their "Big Boy Pants" and start to realize what they are doing to this country and the citizens that have to pay for their petty, childlike, asinine, do not give a crap attitude about anybody except their own financial gain at any expense, have to grow up and take responsibility for their actions.

Tony Huppert

Spring Valley

Little or no factual information


The special election to fill Sheila Harsdorf's seat in the State Senate is the 16th of this month. One of the candidates, in my opinion, is presenting little or no factual information to back up claims that there are some people in our district Housing Authority who would like to prevent homeowners from flying the American flag. That reducing the size of the state government that presses down on us like a great weight would result in more families being able to afford buying a home. Yet the candidate does say what programs would be cut for this to happen.

We have short time to take a good look at both candidates. Are they willing to work to heal or to divide? What about the language they use to introduce themselves to us—such as clear, specific information as opposed to statements that are vague, unproven and could cause fear and anger? In the end, do they talk to us as if we are intelligent or stupid?

Jim Moenke

River Falls

A Christmas gift shop thank you


The members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 121 of River Falls thank everyone for their generous donations to our Hospitalized Veterans Christmas Gift Shop. Also thanks to Freeman Drug for the use of its window and all of their help.

The response was overwhelming again. Our van was filled to the top with boxes and bags of beautiful gifts that we delivered to the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital. They were very much appreciated.

Thanks again to the wonderful caring and sharing people of the River Falls area. We are so proud of you all!

Betty Swenson

Town of Kinnickinnic

Missing my old-time Republican friends


I remember a few conservative friends I treasured. They believed in the "common good" without calling it "socialism" because "we're all in this together and what affects one, affects us all." They would call anyone "acting a damn fool" to his face, including the President, and would seek to put a stop to it PDQ! They believed that the presidency of the U.S. was the dignified and intelligent face of the nation to the world and would NOT have supported anyone acting like a "horse's arse" in the public sphere, representing the U.S.

They called things like they were. They didn't try to pull the wool over your eyes to fit their political agenda. Moreover, there were things that were more important than party line, land, resources, being right, power or wealth. These folks didn't piously sit in church on Sunday, then go home, break out the beers, verbally and physically control and abuse their families. To them, NOT being hypocritical was VERY important. You had to "walk your walk and talk your talk."

Being a Christian meant loving your family and your neighbor all of the time, not just when it suited the political agenda, or when you were out in public.The greatest of these, my friend said, "is love. It all starts with the family. If you can't treat your family with love and tenderness, settle problems there with compassion and intelligence, you've got no business in politics. It's an extension of who you are and how you function in the world."

We would talk about our political positions. They would say,"You give a little, we'll give a little, let's meet in the middle. We can work together across partisan lines to fix what is broken. We have to for all of our people. And, hey, we can learn something from each other everyday." What would my friends say today? They are no longer with us, but I think they'd say, "Don't be stupid, selfish or separated." If you see the "emperor has no clothes" don't rationalize it.

Don't lie to the American public. DO SOMETHING for the SAFETY and WORLD STANDING of the U.S. The rest of the world is not stupid and if they see U.S. with an incompetent in office, they will utilize it to their advantage.

Nothing says the U.S. must remain a world leader. Our country can fall just as Britain did. Don't leave your brain at the door in order to follow the party line. Don't be selfish. Today's Republicans are wealth-oriented, but are they really concerned with the common good? If ALL OF US aren't being lifted up together, it isn't the UNITED States. No nation can thrive when some of us are dying and suffering from want and lack of access to basic services. Money must not be our God. Lastly, my friends would remind us that we had worked long and hard for civil rights and dignity for the poor, elderly and disenfranchised. Opportunity for all is our way forward. We do better when we ALL do better. If you meet a Republican who incorporates these values, send them my way. Like my friends, I want to work with them.

Linda M. Alvarez

River Falls