Readers Write: ‘One Minnesota,’ abortion

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Now that the election is over, we will inevitably hear the victorious parties, whether red or blue, using words like “mandate” or “clear direction” foisted on them by their voters. I hope not, but history can always prove itself. Regarding Gov. Tim Walz’s win, perhaps he should first focus on the state of our state before blindly rushing forward with blue proposals and legislation. A good example would be a close look at the color-coded map of the state of Minnesota on page A12 of Thursday’s Star Tribune.

Governor, with all due respect, you’ve got one issue to focus on if you’re thinking about going ahead: the predominantly blue subway versus the red outer state. You may be wondering, “Where’s the break?” Because on Tuesday there was no “mandate”.

John T. Peterson, Waverly, Minn.


Days after the midterms and I am sure that the machines will be oiled for 2024. A word to PACs and campaign committees on all sides: It’s only 50 steps from my mailbox to the garbage can in the garage. That’s all I need to rid our mail of the campaign postcards that promote fear mongering, misinformation, voting denial, and the most unflattering and likely manipulated photos of opponents. I welcome those who simply state what your candidate is for and some information about what that candidate will do to work towards the common good.

Likewise with TV spots. The mute button is used a lot in this house. We laugh at using dark sounding music for opponents and sunshine music for your contestant. Likewise, the worst photo you can find goes with the dark music tones, while the beautiful family photo goes with the lighter music. Their formulas are ridiculous melodramas. While $25 million spent on a campaign in Minnesota may be spent helping one ideology or another gain traction in Congress or the Minnesota legislature, the spending tells me we don’t have common values. I just find this kind of spending on garbage campaign literature obscene and repugnant. The country and our state have real problems to address and solve, and we must work bipartisanly to represent everyone. Please change your strategies!

Betsy Vanselow, Champlin


Jensen’s concession speech was wise. In it, he advised Minnesota Republicans, “We need to stop, we need to recalibrate, we need to ask ourselves, ‘OK, what can we learn from this? What can we do better? How do we move forward?'” As a lifelong Democrat , but a muddy one, I’ve been striving in good faith to figure out what might be a recalibrated but authentically Republican agenda that could halt their years — approaching decades — of nationwide futility.

First, no more cranks. Jensen’s concession speech may have been smart, but his nomination wasn’t. Suffice it to say that he compared short-lived emergency measures to the Holocaust. If people think you’re crazy, it doesn’t matter what else you say.

Then consider a conservative version of a state that people might actually want to live in. If you want to cut taxes, start with a child tax credit that helps the working class first. Make services cheaper by eliminating professional licenses where it isn’t necessary. Fund additional street patrols for cities that want them. Make housing affordable by reforming the Land Use Act. Actually evaluate programs and reform or replace those that don’t work. And stop trying to mess around with people’s private lives.

Or run cranks and expect to lose.

Aaron Berger, Minneapolis


Congratulations Minnesota Democrats on winning state office and both houses. This means that as we move forward, the values ​​that are most important to me are clearly in focus: rights of all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation; action against climate change and gun violence; academic integrity and diverse library offerings; voting right protection; and a woman’s ability to continue or terminate a pregnancy according to her needs and beliefs. Republican politicians have proven through their election results that their party does not support these values.

However, this is no time to roll out. We must do better work to bridge the great urban-rural divide. Our priorities must be the protection of family farms and small businesses, the availability of medical resources and the country’s infrastructure. Proposals that address a legitimate need for some need to be examined for unintended implications for others. For example, if we restrict certain coal and mining operations in the interests of the environment, what can be done to support those who are losing their jobs as a result of this action?

Walz is right. We need One Minnesota. And while the Dems call the shots, it’s up to us.

Carol McNamara, Minneapolis


A Nov. 10 letter writer’s frustration with this election seems misplaced. He laments, “Once again we see the subway making the decisions for the entire state, which clearly disagrees. Disgusting!” That’s not how voting for national office works. It’s one person, one vote, no matter where in Minnesota you live. There is no “metropolitan area” voting block. Everyone has their say, regardless of where they live.

Clare Sanford, Golden Valley


Regarding “Advice to Protect Abortion Clinics” (Nov. 10):

Abortion is health care. The Minneapolis City Council should definitely pass the proposal that would make it illegal to block the entrances and driveways of abortion clinics. We women should feel safe in the world we live in. When protesters tell you what you’re doing wrong with your own body, it’s a suffocating feeling. We should have the right to do what we want with our bodies without the judgment of others.

The protesters outside of Planned Parenthood are so intrusive about personal space and information. Protesting is one thing, but blocking the entrance and creating security risks is disrespectful. That is why it is so important that this proposal is adopted.

It’s as simple as that: if you don’t agree with abortion, don’t. The process of having an abortion is so hard on a woman’s body – most women choose to have an abortion because it is their only and/or last resort. That being said, it doesn’t matter why you’re having an abortion. It’s health care and it’s nobody’s business but the woman.

Both Mayor Jacob Frey and Mayor Melvin Carter are involved in the overthrow of Roe v. Wade disagrees. I am confident that they will use their power to maintain access to abortion in the Twin Cities.

Stella Anderson, St Paul


There is one topic that is glaringly absent from the discussion of exceptions to abortion legislation: the case of fetal anomalies.

My wife and I have three children. Between our first and second child, we had a son who was born 30 days premature. He suffered from a severe genetic abnormality called trisomy 13. Had he lived, he would never have been a sentient human being. He wouldn’t have known who he was or who we were. He would never have been potty trained or knew how to feed himself or take care of himself.

I would like to know by what right doctrinaire Christians and their political allies tell me and my wife that we must give birth to such a child.

During our next two pregnancies, my wife had an amniocentesis. It was not done to determine the sex of the child.

Know that an amniocentesis cannot be performed accurately within 15 weeks of conception. Why shouldn’t this be an exception to anti-abortion legislation?

Jeffrey George, Maple Grove

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