9-20-12 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

Voter ID amendment has unanswered questions

To the editor:

A photo ID for voting sounds like a good idea but please people, changing our constitution is a very serious matter.
First, we don’t know how this will work and the sponsors of this bill have not told us. What is a “state approved” photo ID? Is it a driver’s license? Don’t felons have one? Don’t non-citizens with jobs here in the U.S. have one?
What will people, such as senior citizens, who no longer have a driver’s license do? They say they will get free IDs but the information they will need to supply isn’t free. Where do they get the information and how do they get there? Remember, they don’t drive. Suppose their birth certificates can’t be found or there is a name “mistake” since they may have been born at home and the information was incorrectly recorded.
What about students and service personnel who move frequently and their address doesn’t match their IDs? How about the person who just lost a job and is living in a homeless shelter or with friends and family?
If this amendment keeps just one otherwise eligible voter from his or her right, is it worth it? What is the hurry with this action? Shouldn’t we have the answers to these questions first?
Please vote no on this amendment. At least for now.

Jeanne Anderson

Marriage was meant for one man, one woman

To the editor:

At the close of many of the speeches delivered at the political conventions recently was this phrase: “God Bless America.”
What did the speakers really mean? Was it sincere? How can we expect our Triune God to Bless our American Homeland, when we are not living in the will of God? Many human lives are being aborted. Many are trying to redefine the meaning of marriage.
It is amazing to hear all the lies that are being put forth in regards to the Marriage Protection Amendment that is to be added to our state constitution. Yes, I call them lies, because the truth can only be found in God’s Word. And when we no longer follow God’s Word, the Bible, in our lives, how can we expect God to bless our land and its inhabitants?
Marriage was ordained by God in the Garden of Eden. In the Beginning, God created male and female. We read about it in Genesis 1 and 2. It was the one thing that was not “very good” when God created the world. Genesis 2:18 reads “It is not good for man to be alone.” So God made a woman, and brought them together in this relationship called marriage. It is the means God has chosen for procreation. What God intended marriage to be in the beginning, He still intends marriage to be.
Jesus proclaims this in Mark 10: 6-8: “But at the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what god has joined together, let not man separate.”
It is my prayer that all Christians who confess the Christian Faith and believe in Jesus as our Savior from all sin and death, will let His word of truth be your guide, as you go to the polls in November and vote yes for the Marriage Protection Amendment to preserve marriage as between one man and one woman.

Helen Bunge

Reasons don’t justify the state’s wolf hunt

To the editor:

Why a wolf hunt? It’s not because the wolf population is exploding and we need to “control” the wolves. It’s not for livestock depredation. State experts agree that wolf depredation of livestock doesn’t impact agriculture in a meaningful way, with 88 verified complaints in 2011.
It’s not because wolves are killing all the deer and we need to “manage” the wolf so a thriving deer population continues. The predator/prey relationship in nature has worked quite effectively over thousands of years.
Let’s be clear. This is a trophy hunt for people who want something new to shoot. The wolf will not be killed for meat, but because it is the wolf. It is a trophy. The reason for the hunt is to “let off pent up pressure” to kill wolves. I do not object to hunting; I object to hunting the wolf.
Wolves are considered to be a “keystone” species in the Minnesota tourism industry, estimated at generating $400 million annually for our state economy. Allowing wolves to be killed for entertainment and sport will negatively impact tourism industry. The Minnesota DNR, Legislature, and our Governor are acting recklessly. Eighty percent of DNR survey respondents, including hunters, oppose a wolf hunt.
Let the DNR know we do not want this hunt.

Jim Aronson

Marriage amendment deserves more discussion

To the editor:

I was disappointed to read the clarification to the Aug. 16 editorial “Writer says be well informed, not deceived.”
Until the writer clarified her views on the MN Marriage Amendment (it is misleading to refer to this amendment as the Marriage Protection Amendment) I had hoped the writer’s argument was simply misinformed.
The writer stated in an Aug. 30 letter that a literal reading of biblical text informed her vote. Assuming her words would be read in a Christian context, the writer claimed she was misinterpreted — a dangerous assumption, as Minnesota is a state with diverse and vibrant religious communities. The writer has the right to articulate her religious beliefs, but the irony is in using this freedom to deliberately limit the rights of others.
Voting no is not a vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and voting down this amendment will have no effect on current laws. However, if this vote is passed it will be the first time a constitutional amendment will limit the rights of Minnesotans.
In a state known for progressive social views, it is a mistake to make such a decision. I encourage those who see the merits of a continued discussion to vote no in November, and allow this important conversation to evolve.

Janelle Zimmerman