Celebrating a meatless spring

Sami Nicholson, Sartell

Where is global warming when we need it? I do look forward to the first day of spring, balmy weather and flowers in bloom.

The first day of spring is actually a perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf in our personal habits – to clean house, to jog outdoors and to replace animal foods with healthy, delicious vegetables, legumes, grains and fruits.

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Citizen activist Buckvold to hold press conference on Northstar rail project

Anne Buckvold, St. Joseph

I was pleased to see Gov. Mark Dayton has included in his budget proposal $3 million for a demonstration project of the Northstar Commuter Rail set to begin already this fall, and money to fund a study to determine ridership and costs for ongoing service.

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Lenten diet needs to become everyday mantra

Serge Nesbitt, Sartell

March 1 marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before launching his ministry.

The call to refrain from eating animals is as old as the Bible. In Genesis 1:29, God commands humans to eat only plants; then Prophet Isaiah predicts “none will hurt or destroy on God’s holy mountain.”

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‘If you only knew . . . ‘

James LeMieur, Sauk Rapids

Recenty, I had the privilege of going on a mission trip to Haiti with an inter-generational group from Living Waters Lutheran Church through the Healing Haiti organization. The youths in the group ranged in age from 10 years to 18 years old. The enthusiasm, compassion and tireless efforts of these kids was an awesome encounter to observe firsthand.

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Dalman wages war against President Trump

Robert Schwalboski, Sartell

The media and especially the editors of such should realize President Trump is not waging war on all media outlets, just those who put out “fake news.” In Dalman’s opinion, he states President Trump exaggerated that at least three million people voted fraudulently for Hilary Clinton.

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Republicans listening to NRA, not constituents

Jean Abercrombie, St. Joseph

Texas Congressman Louis Gomert brought up Gabby Giffords as a reason Republicans should not go to town-hall meetings. Seriously?

I suspect they are much more afraid of facing questions and demands from their constituents than they are of any incident of violence.

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Emmer’s global-climate stance an out-and-out lie

Carol Weiler, Sartell

I was one of the hundreds of people that lined up to attend the Tom Emmer town hall on Feb. 22. I was not able to get in, due to the volume of attendees, so I went home and streamed it on my computer.

As I listened to Rep. Emmer, I was struck by the generalizations he made in his answers. The topic he seemed to be the most sure about was that half of all scientists were not convinced humans are responsible for global climate change.

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We city taxpayers get socked again

Nelda Dehn, St. Joseph

I visited the new city hall during the open house. Unlike some, I thought it was a good use of our tax money. It’s a great building and certainly is an up-to-date facility for the police department as well as the city office.

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