Open Forum for week of Jan. 17

EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters will be accepted for the Open Forum for publication in the next available issue after receipt. Letters may be sent to Forest Lake Times, 880 SW 15th St., Forest Lake, or by e-mail to [email protected] Letters should not exceed 250 words and must be signed with the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Deadline is noon Monday. The newspaper reserves the right to edit letters and assure that rules of libel and good taste are not violated.


Not Buying It

Mary Stolz calls for us to have an intelligent debate and “conversation” about same-sex marriage.

She is not actually calling for “dialogue,” because to do so you must listen to and respect the other person’s opinion. She has already distanced herself from those opinions that are arrogant, dangerous, and downright un-American. In other words, she dismisses those opinions that do not align with hers.

No matter how much she may dislike same-sex marriage, the claims about damage it will do to our society are not believable, observable, or otherwise provable. Same-sex marriage advocates are not the ones forcing an agenda via “bulldozer politics.”

Therefore, I support marriage between same-sex partners because it is the right thing to do. I believe it, I observe it, and I have yet to see “scientific research” that proves anything about marriage.

Mike Carter
Lino Lakes


Infamous Anniversary

Jan. 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in all 50 states.

The tragedy is far-reaching: 55 million unborn babies destroyed in the U.S. with more than a half-million unborn girls and boys in our own state. Millions of women have been injured physically, emotionally and spiritually by abortion.

As a concerned citizen, you can help build a culture of life by attending the prayer service for life at the St. Paul Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. and the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life peaceful March for Life at noon on the State Capitol steps.

Carpooling will take place at 9:15 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church parking lot in Forest Lake. All are welcome to attend these life-affirming events.

Diane L. Paffel
Forest Lake


Overlooked Issue

Confronting the mass murders of school children and theatre-goers with gun bans is becoming popular in some circles.

H.L. Mencken said, “For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.”

These shootings can be minimized, but not by banning guns.

Stump jumpers like Vice President Biden overlook a huge underlying cause of such incidents: boys without fathers. Gun control is a partially misguided approach. (I say “partially” because automatic weapons and large ammo magazines, like violent video games, should arguably be prohibited or controlled).

Confronting a more serious issue – single-mother homes – has been too politically incorrect for the media, liberal and conservative alike.

Richard F. Doyle
Forest Lake


Where’s the Proof?

I am writing in response to Ms. Stolz’s letter in the Jan. 10 publication.

I continually hear how low American students score globally in science and math skills. It should be a concern to us that science is not taken seriously.

I feel our political system is broken because more decisions are being made on ideology and rhetoric without science factored in.

So when I read scientific research was available to support your claims, I wanted to read it. I’ve learned the importance of being credible when referring to research, to name your source of information. Otherwise, it is difficult for me to come to the table for “intelligent debate.”

All you offer is personal opinions and broad claims of being fact and then only for purpose of winning the debate. Anyone can claim what they heard is fact. Next time, please name the source.

My other concern is the lack of respect that the title of the President of the United States deserves, regardless of which political party. I have never had a president in my life who I completely agreed with, but I have always had the respect for the office. To have no respect for the office is “downright un-American.”

President Obama is one of only six Presidents to have won twice by 51 percent of the vote. I’d say that’s a vote of confidence by the American people.

Marsha Wood