3-7 Patriot Letters to the Editor

Congrats to the WHS boys basketball team

To the editor:

Fabulous five! Congratulations Waconia Wildcat boys basketball team and coach Pat Hayes and his staff, winners of their fifth consecutive Wright County Conference championship.

The 2012-13 title represents the eighth boys conference championship in the past nine seasons. This team reflects the definition of the word team: “A group of people working together in a coordinated effort.”

When this team was focused, their feisty defense, balanced scoring, outlet passes, passes inside the lane, and vigorous rebounding were a joy to watch.

District residents should note with pride that the majority of boys and girls varsity team members are also honor students.

Good luck to the Wildcat boys basketball team as they begin sectional competition. Go Wildcats!

Lloyd Laumann, Waconia


Writer hopes for balanced approach on energy issues

To the editor:

This was my reply to Senator Franken’s office after reading the Senator’s announcement of his new committee appointment and focus on energy in his newsletter.

Senator Franken,

Congratulations on your appointment as Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. I would like a few examples of the “energy efficient technology” Minnesota is known for, as cited in your North Star newsletter.

Minnesota has a history of subsidizing inefficient renewable energy resources, (wind, solar, ethanol) while regulating access to natural resources to the extent of rendering the utilization either nonviable or illegal.

A bill in the current Minnesota State House for a moratorium on mining sand to be used for oil extraction in North Dakota is being brought forward restricting Local Municipalities from the opportunity to help their local economies compete or possibly survive in this time of falling revenues.

(Sand mining is a proven ongoing operation state-wide for highway construction and many other applications.)

A recent past Minnesota Democrat majority legislature even blocked transmission lines from South Dakota to prevent a state of the art clean burning coal plant from being built.

In my view, this was a disservice not only to the consumers in Minnesota, but the country, as it prevented new coal use technologies from being developed.

With the regulatory limits on particulates and the ability for even older facilities to retro-fit to continue operation, it is a straw man’s argument to demonize the use of natural resources in order to prop up unproven technologies that can’t exist or compete without grants and subsidies.

I would encourage continued research on the various renewable energy sources, but the subsidies are just another cost (tax) passed along to the consumer (citizens).

I hope you might use this point of view to temper your focus on an inefficient, ineffective and expensive energy policy. After all, you were elected to represent OUR interests, financial included, how about a balanced approach on that.

Thank you in advance on your attention on this matter,

Frank Long, Watertown


March for Marriage to be held this Thursday

To the editor:

I believe that God created the Institution of marriage with one man and one woman. It all began in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis, we read of the creation of male and female for the procreation of children — God’s design for family. God’s design of marriage is not only good for children, and essential for society’s survival. As important as these things are, God designed marriage for something even more important.

Marriage foreshadows the covenant relationship between God and His people, as a picture of the Gospel. In Ephesians 5:22-32, we read of Christ the Bridegroom and His bride, the Church. So, when we uphold God’s design for marriage, we are also proclaiming the Gospel message of Christ, the Redeemer of our sinful world.

Our Minnesota Legislature has introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. I believe we are facing the greatest threat to marriage and family. I encourage my fellow Minnesotans to stand firm in defense of marriage as God designed it.

We need to return to God’s Word where our Lord teaches us that homosexuality is a sinful distortion of his desire that one man and one woman live together in marriage as husband and wife.

See Leviticus 18:22-24 and 20:13. Also, Romans 1:26-27 and Corinthians 6:9-10. We also need to proclaim the good news that there is forgiveness through Christ, for all who repent and ask God for forgiveness.

We need to encourage our pastors to proclaim this message. We need to gather our families around the Word of God teaching them right from wrong. We need to pray for good government and good leaders in our land, that our democracy will be preserved. Above all, speak lovingly yet clearly about this issue of homosexuality.

This week, Thursday, March 7, we can join the Minnesota March for Marriage at our state capital in St. Paul at 2 p.m. The rally begins at 2:30 p.m. on the capitol steps.

Helen Bunge, Mayer