Trumpian birds of a feather flock together

Kent Nelson, Sartell

When I and my friends used to do something naughty or unwise, my mom always called it silly-goose behavior. Geese always fly in a V formation. The lead goose breaks wind for those that follow, making it easier for those in the rear to benefit from the effects of the wind and as the lead goose tires, another goose flies forward to take its place. Breaking wind has two connotations, and the one most apt will describe what is to follow.

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City sign is dangerous

Tom Ellenbecker, St. Joseph

I, too, have concerns about the new city sign as a previous letter-to-editor writer (“Needless city sign distracts drivers,” Newsleader, Feb 10). After touring the new government facility during Monday’s open house, I voiced apprehensions to St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein.

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Animals now victims of another Trump decree

Sami Nicholson, Sartell

As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another during the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals – already the most oppressed sentient beings on earth.

The animals’ turn came this week – by taking down the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service site that reports on government regulation of roughly 9,000 animal-handling facilities. These are laboratories, dog breeders, fur farms, circuses, zoos and aquariums. The site is used every day by animal-protection activists to monitor government enforcement of the 1966 Animal Welfare Act – the only effective federal law protecting animals.

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Needless city sign distracts drivers

Wayne Birkholz, St. Joseph

With the new St. Joseph Government Center nearing completion comes an unwelcome surprise to the facilities. It is the dynamic sign in front that screams for attention. I’ll set aside the fact it’s unnecessary, unjustifiable, serves no public good and a waste of taxpayer dollars that could have been better spent in solar panels perhaps, and not least a garish eyesore for the community of St. Joseph and St. Ben’s.

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Mr. President, stop acting like silly goose

Kent Nelson, Sartell

As a wee lad, I came down for school one morning with my button-down shirt on backward. I walked over to my mother and asked her to button the shirt. My mom said, “You silly goose, you can’t go to school like that; everyone will laugh at you.” I said my friends Bill and Steve would think it was funny. Mom said, “Would they be laughing with you or at you?” My 12-year-old brain didn’t comprehend the implications of mom’s wisdom. Mom went on to explain there is a proper way to present yourself, and wearing a shirt backward is not in good behavior even if your two friends think so.

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Safe from crime, but not necessarily safe

William Straub, St. Joseph

Kudos to St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein and all city officers, employees and citizens for keeping crime down, but I must disagree with part of Mr. Lee’s title of “Safest City in the State” from the front page, below the fold, from the Jan. 27 St. Joseph Newsleader. There is much more to safety than lack of reported crime in our lovely burg.

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Reader says Democrats’ ideas don’t work

Bob Grise, St. Joseph

Let me congratulate Newsleader editor Dennis Dalman on his relentless mission to inform our community about Democrat talking points. He reminds me of Sen. Barrack Obama in 2008 for his bright-eyed innocence, repeating talking points with confidence and swagger, like those ideas might actually work. They don’t. Obama, with a wink and a smile in 2008, told us how everything we had been doing was WRONG. Eight years later, we have had the worst recovery from a recession, Obamacare is not affordable, (said Minnesota Gov. Dayton), Middle East foreign policy is in shambles and what about Russia? Didn’t Obama laugh Romney off the stage on that one four years ago?  Now all we hear from the Democrats is Russia, Russia and Trump’s a liar. But through all that failure, including the loss of more than 1,000 Democrat seats nationwide, Dalman never lost faith in those talking points. His latest is on climate change. Dalman says he has learned a slight increase in temperature causes all kinds of extreme weather, (excluding Atlantic hurricanes, I presume). Bob Weisman’s Ultimate Climate Page at St. Cloud State University lists the top 10 warmest summers in St. Cloud history – in the year 1936 there were 36 days with highs of 90 or above; 1900 – 34; 1988 – 33; 1931 – 31; 1910 – 29; 1933 – 28.; 1934 – 28; 1937 – 26; 1901 – 25; 1930 – 23. Looks like our climate has become less extreme. As for NOAA and NASA, they have been caught adjusting past temps – read about that at realclimatescience.com. Under Democrat ideas for eight years, everything got worse. We blew billions of taxpayer dollars on green-energy boondoggles, raised taxes, national debt soared, appeased tyrants, stopped pipelines, almost nobody can afford health insurance, the JV Islamo nut team moved up to varsity, Iran is rolling in dough and we created mostly part-time jobs. (No wonder Hillary Clinton lost). People suffered while Obama played 333 rounds of golf. Maybe we should have seen Obama’s Columbia College records? Maybe all Barry had to hide was “incomplete, incomplete, incomplete.”

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Kennedy school principal appreciative of Newsleader coverage

Laurie Putnam, principal of Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph

I write to express gratitude on behalf of staff and students for (the St. Joseph Newsleaders‘) engagement with Kennedy Community School. We appreciate the consistent communication opportunities you provide and, through them, the connections you create between us and our broader St. Joseph community.

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