Letters: Gun violence, school lunch, Senior Corps, zero levy, support for athletics and Fr. Ethan

Thanks for the story on the Rev. Jeff Ethen

Thank you for publishing the article about Fr. Ethen and Mr. Henrickson. The articles were well written and poignant reminders of a tragic day in U.S. history.

At least one of the flights did not reach its target because passengers took action and did not believe the lies of the terrorists. In the recently released audio tapes from 9/11, you can hear a terrorist say, “Nobody move, everything will be O.K.

“If you try to make any moves, you will injure yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet.” The terrorist was lying and as we all know, everything was not OK.

While we may not need to take heroic action, we can still fight evil in the world with prayer and honorable actions.  — Russ Rooney, Rogers


Zero tax levy will do us no favors

An open letter to Greg and Joyce Peppin and the Hassan Township Board:

I’m addressing this to you as leaders of the third phase ZERO TAX for Hassan during the annexation into Rogers.

I was in the second phase of annexation into Rogers Aug. 15, 2010.

We did not hear anyone asking for tax breaks for the second phase or the first phase and we now have to pay the higher Rogers tax.

This leads me to believe this is a selfish idea developed for the benefit of a select few at the expense of the citizens of Rogers of which I am now one. I came out of Hassan without any tax breaks and now will have to pay your taxes as well.

This is wrong!

In the future I will remember who were the leaders of the zero tax and vote and campaign accordingly. I was one of Joyce Peppin’s earliest and most loyal supporters for the Minnesota House of Representatives, but in coming elections there will be no financial support and her signs will not be allowed on my property.  — Al Krinke, Rogers



Feeling of support for athletes felt at visit to restaurant

As a head coach of a high school sport, it is always a great feeling to know that the community is behind your program and supportive of the team.

Until this last weekend I never knew how inspiring and motivating that kind of support can be.

I brought my team to Linda’s Cafe in Rogers last Saturday morning for a team breakfast and as we were given the bill, the waitress mentioned she took $3 off of everyone’s tab because a customer anonymously donated $50 to our bill.

The girls were in shock and so grateful for such a thoughtful action. This kindness was inspiring to not only myself as a coach, but for the girls in that they realize how important it is to represent the community of Rogers with class.

They want to say thank you to whoever this kind donor was. It was truly a random act of kindness that will never be forgotten! — Holly Sutton, Elk River


Senior Corps    programs have helped for decades

For more than 40 years, Senior Corps programs—RSVP, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions — have helped volunteers age 55-plus make a lasting and positive impact in our community by using their time and talents to tackle local challenges as volunteers. We pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions that more than 450,000 Senior Corps volunteers are making across the nation. This includes 340 volunteers who served nearly 40,000 hours right here in Sherburne County in 2010.

Throughout the year, Greater St. Cloud Area RSVP and Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent volunteers contribute to the health and vitality of Sherburne County by serving in local schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, law enforcement offices, human service and environmental organizations, among others throughout the county.

We invite community leaders and community members of all ages to join us in honoring these volunteers during the second annual Senior Corps Week, Sept. 19–23. Thank you, Senior Corps volunteers!

(Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, engaging more than 5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information about Senior Corps visit www.GetInvolved.gov.) — Charlotte Strei, RSVP Sherburne County and Pat Braun, Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program


Raisins and skirts are so ‘not cool’

My son came home with that look in his eye, that traumatized-by-life look, that is always followed by the big “sigh” and the heavy plop down on the couch. He sprawled out, dropped his feet loudly on the coffee table and said, “Pleeeaase no more raisins, that’s not a cool snack, the other kids have cool stuff.”

This, in first grade; who knew about the snack judges?

What? I thought to myself, throwing in a big sigh of my own. I wanted to say, “Hey little dude, those raisins are accomplishing more than you know,” but I’ve learned that is more than he cares to know. I suppose prunes are out of the question…

Also, my fourth-grader “cannot be pretty.” That’s not her “look,” apparently. So now I have a gorgeous little girl, who chooses plain T-shirts and jeans every day to wear to school, no skirts, no fancy shoes, (anything that isn’t a dirty sneaker).

“Hmpf,” I say, good thing I bought those cute skirts and tights! Guess I’ll have to find another little girl who has pretty as her “look.”

Now I know these are not life or death matters, but sometimes the pressure for our kids to be “cool” falls on our shoulders, and I don’t know how much to cater to it.

I suppose there’s no use trying to force the raisins down or mandate the skirts and tights. Humor seems like the best approach. Perhaps I should join my kids for lunch, place a big bow on my daughter’s head, and announce, “Prunes for everyone!” Hee hee. — Amelia Thompson, Elk River


‘Pumped Up Kicks’ has her jacked up about gun violence

For those who listen to R & B radio stations lately know the new song “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People, and sadly enough it has become widely popular.

But how many have actually listened to what they are saying? Personally I think this song is just wrong. They said on the radio it is meant to bring awareness to gun violence. In what way has it done that?

To me it sounds like they are promoting it! They sing over and over “all the other kids with the pumped up kicks better run, better run faster than my gun” and then repeat it but instead of gun say bullets. In what way is that bringing awareness to gun violence?

They don’t in any way talk about how families and friends of loved ones involved in gun violence are affected. Nor do they ever even bother to talk about how gun violence has become such a problem in our society today.

I personally believe this song needs to be removed from the radio before some kid becomes obsessed with it and takes it too far. Haven’t we learned what impact music has on kids’ choices today? Look at the Columbine shooting, for example. Marilyn Manson’s music was blamed for those boys’ choices and his music doesn’t say things like “all the other kids … better run faster than my bullets.”

When are the producers and the singers going to realize the mistake they made releasing this song?  When it’s already too late and some kid has done something that can’t be undone. — Mindy Skochenski, Princeton