10-4-12 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To the editor:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and along with this awareness comes the thought of the many victims of abuse that are in our communities.
The caring service provider for victims of domestic violence in Scott and Carver counties is Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women. The Alliance has been assisting victims of abuse for 30 years. The Alliance’s founder, Maxine Kruschke, a victim of violence herself, had the courage to leave an abusive marriage of 28 years. The first year the Alliance was in operation we served five victims. We are disheartened to say that we served 902 victims in 2011. As you can see, time has proven that the shattering issue of violence is still an evil that permeates our society.
We have made some major strides in advocating and protecting victims of violence, but we corporately as a society should consider; do we have the courage to face the truth as to why domestic violence is still an issue in our society?
The accomplishments in providing advocacy for victims of domestic violence in the last thirty years first began with a real awareness of the width, depth and impact of violence. It can be said that prior to this time, it was a topic that was hushed and kept secret behind closed doors. The awakening came within grassroots efforts in our society that was finally willing to look at its ills and confront them in the 1980s and 90s.
The Violence Against Women Act in 1994 provided protection for women along with the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. Shelters for women and their children were built and conversations around the topic became more open. There was a forward movement in addressing domestic violence. Unfortunately, the statistics of assisting 902 victims gives voice to the work that is still an ill in our society. The truth is we have a long way to go in protecting victims of domestic violence.
Do we have the courage to continue relentlessly addressing the cause of domestic violence until the Southern Valley Alliance’s statistics become zero?
Courage and truth. It took these values for Maxine Kruschke to step forward in a time of opposition from several points. Maxine left an abusive marriage, started an organization in Scott and Carver counties at a time when there was not a service provider for victims in either county. After long days of working outside of her home, she opened her home to victims and worked tirelessly on their behalf. She was an ordinary woman with an extraordinary vision.
During Domestic Violence Awareness month, we pay tribute to the courage of Maxine Kruschke. Her legacy has left an organization that is well equipped to serve victims of domestic violence. Our staff and trained volunteers step forward every day in courage in order to confront the ugly truth about domestic violence.
We ask you, the reader, to do your part in combating this evil in our society. Be equipped with knowledge of the topic and courageously speak out against violence. It takes ordinary citizens like Maxine and you to bring forth the extraordinary vision of an end to domestic violence!

Janice McCrady
Community Outreach Program Coordinator
Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

Sister says Walter is the right man for Dist. 5

To the editor:

My brother, Jim Walter, is running for commissioner in district 5. I know my brother probably better than anyone. He has never been a mousy pushover and certainly never afraid to tackle hard issues. Jim says what he means. He has a backbone and if he feels something isn’t right or fair he won’t simply go along for the ride, “doing things the way they’ve always been done.” He’s not avoiding a debate, simply demanding an impartial one.
Jim is hardworking, fair and one of the most good-hearted people I know. Jim and his wife, Sue, have lived in Carver County all their lives. This is home. He is invested in what happens here. I doubt there is any candidate who has ever knocked on more doors in this county to find out people’s concerns, and let them know what he plans to do about them, than Jim and he’s still knocking.
Jim and Sue both work jobs outside the home and have run successful businesses. They are hardworking people who have the same concerns the rest of us do.
Jim has overcome many hardships in his life that would’ve defeated most people but they only proved to make him stronger and more determined to succeed, and he did. I’m very proud of my brother. That strength, determination and passion for wanting county government to run on common sense and better representation of its taxpayers are some of the qualities that are going to make him a great commissioner.
I trust you are open-minded enough to sift through the biased, twisted information of last week and read what Jim’s plans are before forming an opinion. If you do, you’ll know that Jim Walter is exactly the person we need in office representing us in District 5.

Lynn Norton
Norwood Young America

Writers rally behind anti-abortion candidates

To the editor:

Surprise, surprise, people disappointed in their government’s decision making? When as a nation people vote for pro-abortion candidates year after year, what do you expect? These elected officials are fundamentally flawed to begin with, in their thinking, that it is OK to legally kill little human “persons.” How can politicians make good decisions in other areas when they miss the most basic?
We must as a nation stop voting for pro-abortion candidates! This should be on a local, state and federal level. A candidate shouldn’t be voted in for “dog catcher” who is OK with legally killing babies. It isn’t fair to the dogs!
One can judge a candidate by his or her past voting record. (Please take time to find this out.) President Obama, while representing Illinois, had the most pro-abortion liberal record of all the Senate. He was the only one to vote to deny “health care” for babies born alive after an abortion attempt; and we are to believe he will protect our health care with “Obama Care.” Not on your life! He should have never been voted in as anything in the first place, much less president, because of his voting record.
This election year 2012 is crucial. The moral fabric of our nation has become weakened after 40 years of the legal killing of 53 million unborn babies. Voting is not just about politics or being faithful to a party. One’s vote has a moral obligation carrying grave consequences for now as well as eternity. Our religious leaders are realizing this more than ever in regard to the H.H.S. federal mandate going against religious freedom and certainly the redefining of marriage. It seems we’ve hit the day where evil is being called good and good is being called evil.
God’s Law was the foundation on which our country was founded. He is the source of our rights of Life, Liberty and Freedom. May we pray and vote for our leaders with this in mind.

Dan and Monica Mahon

Lynch best candidate to fulfill needs of county

To the editor:

We are writing to express our support for Tim Lynch as our County Commissioner in the November election.
The interaction between municipal and county government it critical and Tim has been very good to work with over the last years. He understands the needs of our county, is very common sense oriented when approaching an issue, and is keenly aware of the importance of fostering growth not stifling it through overregulation.
Tim is a man of solid character, is a leader in the community, routinely reaches out to cities to see how he can help, and a person that will listen to the needs of the community and then make decisions as a commissioner that reflect what his constituents have told him.
We feel that Tim is the best candidate to be our commissioner and we wholeheartedly give him our support.

KJ McDonald, Mayor of Watertown
Chris Capaul, Mayor of Mayer

New Community Action group to meet Oct. 11

To the editor:

I have been an area resident for 30 years. In those years the landscape of the area and my heart have had an extreme makeover. I have never had to worry where the next meal would come from or been deprived of necessities. We always had enough and often extra — therefore I never really understood poverty and sometimes was not very compassionate toward the poor.
I am ashamed to admit that I was one who took a firm stand against Catholic Charities purchasing land on 151 between Highway 5 and CR 32. I lived on CR 32 and was fearful to have “troubled boys” living in a community built for their rehabilitation that close to my home.
Ignorance always births fear. God knew my heart needed changing. On a wintery day, at my son’s basketball game in Brooklyn Center, He began a process that would forever change my life. My van was stolen that day by a 25-year-old Vice Lord gang member, just recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest. I was angry and frightened and wanted nothing except another vehicle. One day I received a call from the prosecutor asking me to do a victim impact statement for the sake of this young man.
After much praying, I begrudgingly obliged. I had this idea in my head of what this criminal would be like. Much to my surprise, he was no different than I. The picture I had painted in my mind was much different. I was standing face to face with the worst ravages of a life of poverty and I could not have picked him out in a crowd.
What does a person in poverty/crime look like? How can you tell? Do we have poverty in Waconia? We do. Too much of it. The face of poverty in our area looks just like you and I. Pierre wanted nothing more in his years of growing up in poverty to be accepted by everyone — somehow his mother got by on what she could and when she couldn’t, he figured out ways to get the things on his own, thus leading to a life of crime.
This was an extreme case and I would never suggest that poverty always leads to criminal behavior but someone intervening in Pierre’s life could have made a difference. I so wish our community would have welcomed the Boys Village that was proposed to be built. We could have made a difference in many lives by reaching out and carving.
Waconia ministerium have formed a group called CACoW, Community Action Center of Waconia. The vision and purpose of it is to provide a better network of cooperation between existing care and to create care opportunities as needed.
An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in the fireside room at 7 p.m. We would love for you to attend with ideas and questions. Let’s start seeing the poor as no different than us, except for circumstances. Let’s get moved, so that lives can be changed — including our own. My heart was changed with that encounter. Pierre calls me mom and our family welcomed him. Everyone and I do mean everyone needs love and acceptance. Let’s start loving as Jesus did. Hope to see you on the 11th.

Connie Dehn
Norwood Young America

Long offers writer new choice for commissioner

To the editor:

This Fall I will be voting for Frank Long for Carver County Commissioner. I have met Frank, talked with him, reviewed his positions. And I believe in and what, he says.
I voted for Tim, but no longer. For the last eight years, I have seen, and experienced first hand, a county commissioner spend our money recklessly and irresponsibly. Even in good economical times it is a poor judgment to foolishly spend other people’s money when a elected official.
Will I be in support of Frank four years from now? I don’t know. I do know I do not support Tim because of the policies and purchases he has supported. And the way he has spent yours and my money, without thorough examination. I ask you to join with me in my vote for Frank Long.

Tom Radde

Don’t abandon core values for ‘common ground’

To the editor:

Just a quick reply to my new Democrat pen pal from Mayer. My “remarkable” editorial comments (9-13-12) were the result of watching the Democrat Convention and reading their party platform. The writer states that “common ground” is found during “good faith” negotiations. While sounding nice, compromise is one thing but abandoning your core principles is quite another. I have a few examples of the lofty goals the writer is apparently calling for. You know, Minnesota nice!
Recall the many closed door sessions the Democrats held in Washington when crafting the Obamacare legislation. Yet they claimed it had broad bi-partisan support! How about the numerous times Republican bills were pronounced DOA at the U.S. Senate? Maybe “good faith” is when Gov. Dayton ridiculed the Republicans calling them irresponsible, childish and not fit to govern, this past year? How about the Governor’s 55 vetoes in the past two years? I’m sure Sec. of State Mark Ritchie was thinking of “common ground” when he changed the language for the two upcoming ballot amendments. I guess the Minnesota Supreme Court didn’t appreciate his “good faith” efforts, did they?
Is the League of Women Voters an example of a non-partisan approach when explaining the Voter ID Amendment? You know, with their litany of lies, distortions and scare tactics? The one thing missing from the LWV is the descriptor, “DFL Endorsed.” Readers, do not fall for these tactics. The Democrats are masters at playing this game. Finding “common ground” to them is when you capitulate. Do not abandon your core values. Also, do not begrudge government gridlock. It means they aren’t spending, regulating or taxing. This is the kind of “cooperation” we can all appreciate.

Joe Polunc