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Reader lays out charges against Clinton

Dennis Dunphy, St. Joseph

The public needs to be told the truth about Hillary Clinton. Let us look at a few of the statements made by her, Fox News and Mr. Zeifman.

Clinton worked for the House Judiciary Committee at 27 years old. She was fired and this is why as stated by Jerry Zeifman a Democrat: “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer, she conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee, and the rules of confidentiality.”

Fox News reported what Rudy Guiliani had to say, “FBI Director James Comey can’t somehow bring himself to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton should be indicted. He’s putting her above the law.”

Hillary Clinton made these statements:

“I didn’t send any information that was classified. I didn’t send any classified material nor did I receive any material that was marked or designated classified. I only used one device. All work-related emails were returned to the State Department.” All these statements are lies. Hillary Clinton is a woman who can’t be trusted anywhere, anytime or any place.

Liberals need to stop being air heads and start looking at Clinton’s character because character actually matters. Morals actually matter. And everyone’s lives matter. God save our country.

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Hats off to dairy farmers

Gary Zimmermann, Waite Park

(Note: Although this is being printed in July, it’s June that is considered to be National Dairy Month. This information was obtained from the State of Minnesota.)

We take this time to salute all the hard-working dairy farmers in the central Minnesota area for the great job they do 365 days a year in hot weather, rain and (let’s not forget) the winter months, too. I’m glad these men and women work hard for us all year long. Let’s take the time to thank them for all the good food they put out for us each and every day of the week. The dairy farmer brings lots of good food to our tables. If it wasn’t for the farmer, we would not have foods like ice cream, cheese and yogurt. So next time you are at the grocery store, make sure to look for the “Real” seal because we need to support American Dairy Farmers and the work they do. I would also like to support the truck drivers who haul all those great dairy products. Hats off to all dairy farmers – thanks for a great job. Let’s have a glass of good milk today.

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Beware of barbecued bugs

Sami Nicholson, Sartell

What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks? A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs hiding in hot dogs and hamburgers at millions of backyard barbecues. The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they avoid mentioning the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also happens to form cancer-causing compounds. Fortunately, some forward-thinking U.S. food manufacturers have solved these issues by creating an amazing assortment of healthy and delicious veggie burgers and soy dogs. No nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds in these tasty plant-based foods. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, antibiotics or pesticides. And they are conveniently waiting for us at almost every supermarket.

This Fourth of July offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.

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Obama’s failures abound

Zachary Thomas Athmann, Sauk Rapids

It pains me to see the glorification of Obama. I mean, what cave has Obama lovers been living in? How about we actually take Obama’s critics into consideration and think about why they criticize him before we call them cave dwellers.

• Obama created 13.7 million jobs… or was that the free market working it’s magic? Either way, unless it was government jobs then they don’t count.

• Obama loves communist Cuba, even though Cubans apparently do not.

• Obamacare gives cheap health care to millions while taxing non-health-care recipients into oblivion so they can’t get their own health care. (Irony?)

• Obama killed Osama bin Laden, or was it Seal Team 6?

• Obama sticks it to terrorists by going to a climate change summit rather than fighting them. I mean, had he not pulled the troops out of Iraq, there wouldn’t have been a problem.

• Obama creates a nuclear treaty with Iran because, you know, they are totally trustworthy. Remember 1979?

• Adding on to the point above, Iran has expressed their desire to destroy our ally Israel.

• Obama added more to the national debt than all other presidents before him.

• Obama did nothing but watch as Vladimir Putin carved up the Ukraine.

• Obama seeks gun control even though gun control did nothing to stop the Paris attack or any other massacre.

• Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton even though she broke federal law by disclosing classified information on her personal email, which was sent to us by foreign nations. Just look up what happened to David Petraeus and you tell me what’s OK about this endorsement. So in short Obama has endorsed a criminal to be his successor.

• Obama has cracked down on waterboarding because terrorists deserve compassion and love, not punishment for their crimes.

Those are just some of Obama’s great failures. Oh, and just for good measure, Obama is just as bad an obstructionist as Congress is. Just remember, the people who say “thanks Obama!” are probably just joking, because that’s what Obama’s tenure has been. A joke.

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Reader counteracts Obama’s achievements

Dennis Dunphy, St. Joseph

I don’t think a letter will open the eyes of Dennis Dalman. His eyes have been shut for so long he needs to use a white cane to get around. Dalman has attacked Donald Trump for so long he seems to have limited vision and needs new glasses. Dalman seems to lack the ability to be objective. Maybe he’s so liberal he has no idea what truth means. Unfortunately, when people have closed minds there is no way to communicate with them. “I think, therefore I am not liberal” has a lot of truth to it. I will now say a few things that may be fair to the idea of honesty and balance in the press, which are lacking under Dalman’s position as an editor.

Dalman talks about Obama’s achievements. Let me mention the Affordable Health Care Act is not affordable and you can’t choose your own doctor all the time. Obama didn’t keep our troops in Iraq, and the insurgents came back. We call them ISIS now. Our troops are fighting to retake the same ground we had already taken in Fallujah and Ramadi. I read Obama has been telling the FBI to back off on Muslims. I do know he’s trying to bring more Syrians into the United States. I haven’t seen an effective vetting program. And we do know our borders are not protected. Rapists, drug dealers, sex offenders, felons and sex traffickers are constantly coming into the United States across the Mexican borders.

Since the tragedy in Orlando, the U.S. Congress has voted on four gun bills and all of them failed. Congress needs to understand criminals need to be the focus of our attention. Obama according to Dr. Charles Boustany said the terrorist attack in Orlando was the “latest example of the epidemic of gun violence” in America without acknowledging terrorism or the shooter’s ties to ISIS.

I rest my case long before I would like to because there is a 400-word limit on letters to the editor. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your time.

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Ben Carson must be obtuse — NOT!

James A. LeMieur, Sauk Rapids

There was at one time, 17 Republican candidates running for the office of president. The most respected, intelligent and highly regarded of them all was Ben Carson. If you don’t recall who he is, it’s probably because the self-described “inclusive,” left-leaning media disregarded and dismissed him. He was mocked on Saturday Night Live and many of the late-night talk shows; made out to be a caricature because he is conservative and does not hide his faith. These actions, endorsed by the progressive, liberal, Democratic party, are driven by feelings of anathema, indignation and wrath. All leading to the rampant division the Democratic Party embraces. Divide and conquer appears to be the hallmark of the current administration and a vote for a continuation of that objective would certainly qualify as “obtuse.” Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump. Ben Carson is heading Trump’s vice-presidential search committee. Ben Carson is a man of impeccable integrity who can be trusted. Do not fall for the mainstream media tricks used on conservative candidates. Don’t be spoon-fed the tricks used on conservative candidates. Don’t be spoon-fed the talking points of liberal media types used against honest, hardworking citizens like Alan West, Sarah Palin, Condoleezza Rice, Michele Bachmann and George Bush to name a few. It’s the same boorish routine year after year. Try to look beyond the slanted media hyperbole that only diminishes conservative ideas and Donald Trump’s credibility. Ben Carson was able to, and I think you will like what he sees.

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Let’s review the school bond

Jack Ryan, Sartell

First, congratulations to Sartell schools and local parents on their phenomenal high-school graduation rate of 99.2 percent. Some 95 percent-plus enter a trade or four-year college. Recently, I moved here from North Carolina’s mountains where the graduation rate was 75 percent. Sartell’s curriculum accommodates both college- and trade-school-bound.

Below are some questions that 6,000 people who did not vote should have asked. The “yes” voters won by 250 votes – 2,283 to 2,032. The education lobby’s advertising blitz for a $106 million, 25-year bond debt, with a $90-million new high school succeeded on the first ballot. Was it necessary?

Sartell’s growth from 13,730 to 17,000 (400 per year) since 2007 was largely driven by aggressively recruiting 3,000 high-paying medical-related jobs away from Minneapolis.

If the district moves the fifth and sixth grades to the elementary schools, the K through 6 and junior high grade numbers would look like this the next 13 years:

1 to 4 yr. olds: (270, 270, 270, 270) census (282, 342, 340, 308) Oak Ridge/Pine Meadow total

Oak Ridge: 137, 144, 139, 145, 184, (170, 154)

Pine Meadow: 116, 126, 136, 137, 158, (170, 154)

Junior High: (0, 0) 312, 273

This reduces junior high from 1,234 to 585 with a growth allowance of 600 throughout the next 20 years.

The existing 17-year grade population of senior high from 2029 back to today is: (270, 270, 270, 270) 253, 270, 275 (282, 342, 340, 308) 312, 273, 329, 291, 298, 244. 

By shifting the fifth and sixth grades, and using high-school population out 17 years, a growth of 510 could be accomplished by adding 17 high-school classrooms of 30 students. Then taxpayer’s bond debt-load would be $53 million, not $106 million, reduced by half over 20 years, not 25 years. Graduation rates are highly driven by Sartell parents and would not change. But if “white flight” from St. Cloud schools into Sartell apartment complexes increases, all bets are off.

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Sartell Middle School student concurs with positive school voting outcome

Theron Dohm, 14-year-old son

of Melodie and Jason Dohm, and

an eighth-grader at Sartell Middle School

I think the building of the new school was a great decision. In the middle school, we have had to change our library into three different classrooms and we have the theater room sharing with orchestra. The middle school was very tight for space and I don’t even know what it’s like in the high school currently. Sartell is a great city with a growing population and a new school was needed. Thank you for your time in reading this and have a wonderful day.