Opinion: Answer to question of where’s God, red lights and thanks to businesses

Thanks to businesses

This week is Minnesota Manufacturers Week, a time designated to recognize businesses for the positive impact they make not only locally by providing jobs and investing in the community, but on a regional and national level as well.

Manufacturing companies help create a stable economic base for our community by providing jobs to the hundreds of people whose families count on them to offer stable, well-paying employment. Did you know that for every job in manufacturing, two more are created to support that job? That is a sustainable plan.

When businesses invest in their facilities, they are building tax base, which ensures the infrastructure and services communities like ours needs. When business owners support local organizations like the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the YMCA, the Little League teams, the local food shelf and countless other organizations, they are helping make sure that the communities we call home are thriving and quality places to raise families.

The commitment of business to our community might not get recognized as often as it should. Today, I want to say thank you for all our local businesses do. We appreciate and recognize the sacrifice and the determination it takes to be in business and our community wouldn’t be where it is without the support of local businesses and the people that make business happen. — Debbi Rydberg, Elk River (Editor’s note: Rydberg is the executive director for the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce.)


God is all around

In response to Jerry Struther’s letter in last week’s Star News on where did God go, I have a few comments. God gave each of us free will to make our own decisions, and that includes decisions on personal choices in love, business and any other subject you can think of. The bottom line in God’s eyes is how we live our lives, and if we accept his word into our daily lives.

If Jerry wants to really know where God is or where he goes, I would suggest an early morning or late evening walk to see the incredible sunrise or sunset. Take a look at the animals and beautiful trees and the rivers, mountain and lakes that he created.

It is truly a shame that businesses close and the impact and personal trauma it creates in people’s lives. But to blame God for decisions made by individual business owners and operators in a free market system is absurd. — Terry Choate, Elk River

Want to return safely

It happened again. Another accident with injuries and property damage. Selfish and irresponsible are these red light runners.

Is their time more important than others’? Do they not care about the safety and well-being of others? The person they are injuring or killing is someone’s spouse; it is someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, friend. How do you feel about that?

Elk River’s Highway 169 should be relatively safe to drive if we observe the warning lights at the four busy intersections going through town. But, it seems the warning lights are ignored. Other roadways are just as bad.

I would like to return home safely to my loved ones each day that I am on the road. How about you? — Kim Rolschau, Zimmerman